€677,456 has been allocated to Donegal in the latest round of Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) funding.

The money will be used by Donegal County Council to repair and improve local access roads and lanes. LIS is only for such roads or lanes that are not covered in the roads budget.

Minister Joe McHugh TD welcomed the news, saying this type of funding was important for the county.

“The money will go to repair and upgrade hundreds of kilometres of roads to improve access to homes, farms, tourist spots and local amenities,” he said.

“Donegal got one of the highest allocations in the country last year. And again this year the allocation of €677,456 is a hugely significant spend. This will ensure dozens of access roads can be worked on.”

LIS funding comes from the Department of Rural and Community Development. The scheme which was a great success in the past was opened again in 2017. 

Minister McHugh said: “It has become a lifeline for people living in remote and isolated areas.

“This Government is working to ensure that access for rural populations is supported and sustained and this latest investment follows on from the allocation of more than €880,000 for the County Council to work on 55 roads and lanes last year.”

Leas Cheann Comhairle Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher TD also welcomed the announcement but warned that more money was needed.

He said: “A total of €10 million was allocated nationwide and the Donegal allocation of €677,456 will certainly allow for a great number of roads to be done within the county. There will of course be disappointment due to the fact much more was applied for by the local authority.

“LIS applications are extremely important for the rural part of our county and it is essential that increased funding is approved for the county, as currently there is a massive backlog of roads awaiting funding.

“I am calling on the Government to consider another round of funding to be allocated later in the year.”

How to apply for LIS

Anyone who wants to apply for LIS can do so by way of a form on Donegal County Council’s website.

Applications close on Friday, February 15. Those who have sent in an application since August 2017 do not need to do so again.

The application form can be viewed here

 

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