Some €10.5m has been allocated for repair and improvement works on non-public roads in rural communities by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The funding, announced under the Local Improvement Scheme, is to improve access to rural homes and farms, as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.

The focus of the scheme is to support the continued improvement of rural roads and laneways that are not normally maintained by local authorities but which represent a vital piece of infrastructure for rural residents.

Important funding

Announcing the funding, Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys said the Local Improvement Scheme is an important source of funding for small non-public roads and laneways leading to homes and farms as well as outdoor amenities such as lakes, rivers, mountains and beaches.

“Since the scheme was re-introduced in 2017, close to 2,400 roads have been funded for repair works. This has made a real difference to the lives of over 10,000 landowners and residents in rural Ireland.

“I know there is a significant demand for funding under the Local Improvement Scheme right across the country,” she said.

Local authorities are responsible for identifying and prioritising roads for improvement works under the scheme, in consultation with residents/landowners.

There will be a cap of €1,200 on the amount that any individual householder or landowner will be asked to contribute towards the cost of repairs to their road.

County breakdown

Of the €10.5m, here is how much each county will receive:

  • Carlow - €270,000
  • Cavan - €289,254
  • Clare - €500,811
  • Cork - €920,000
  • Donegal - €697,456
  • Galway - €876,959
  • Kerry - €689,930
  • Kildare - €270,000
  • Kilkenny - €308,905
  • Laois - €270,000
  • Leitrim - €270,000
  • Limerick - €404,090
  • Longford - €270,000
  • Louth - €270,000
  • Mayo - €798,496
  • Meath - €346,394
  • Monaghan - €270,000
  • Offaly - €298,871
  • Roscommon - €375,104
  • Sligo - €276,154
  • Tipperary - €619,969
  • Waterford - €278,802
  • Westmeath - €276,433
  • Wexford - €349,878
  • Wicklow - €302,494