8 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The spectre of a crumbling county road structure has returned to haunt Monaghan Co Council.
Debates about poor roads were a staple of local authority business down recent decades until a steady increase in Government allocations for their repair considerably raised road standards in the county and largely removed the item from the agendas of Council meetings.
But Monday’s meeting of the county authority saw Fine Gael councillors table an urgent business motion calling on Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and the National Roads Authority to increase the 2013 budget for local roads by at least 25%, with the additional funding to be sourced from the national provision for secondary and national roads.
The motion also sought adequate representation for local public representatives on the board of the NRA.
Moving the motion, South Monaghan councillor Aidan Murray referred to the steady deterioration of the condition of local roads in the county. Council staff were doing their best to cope with the problem, he stated, but they were facing “an impossible task”.
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