10 February 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

An impassioned petition to try to secure more roads funding for Co Monaghan was made to Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys on Monday by the Cathaoirleach of Monaghan Co Council P J O’Hanlon.

Minister Humphreys was present at the Council’s February meeting, held in the Carrickmacross Civic Offices, to discuss the North-South electricity interconnector project.

But Fianna Fáil local public representative Councillor O’Hanlon availed of the Cavan/Monaghan Fine Gael Deputy’s presence to remind her about another issue of urgent public concern in the county.

Referring to discussion earlier in the meeting about the need to secure funding to carry out road safety improvement works on the N2, the Cathaoirleach said that, at a recent meeting of the Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District, Engineer John Lennon had informed the members that it would take €8 million to bring the roads in the MD area up to standard, but they had only received €1.3 million in funding.
The Catha
oirleach said Monaghan Co Council had endured a 37% reduction in its roads funding since 2011. “The one thing we need is proper roads and proper infrastructure,” he stated.

He asked the Minister if there was anything further she could do to get the county more funding for roads.
Minister Humphreys said she would do everything she could to…

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