13 December 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that without significant investment in the rural roads network, more and more claims will be made for compensation arising out of accidents caused by the poor state of the roads.
Deputy Moynihan was commenting following reports from Cork County Council that they only have the resources to resurface roads every 39 years.
Over the last 30 years, we have seen consistent increases in the numbers of cars on our roads causing more wear and tear.
“Resurfacing of roads needs to take much more regularly than every 39 years,” said the Fianna Fáil TD.
“The County Council itself believes that it should take place every 20 years, but even that wouldn’t be sufficient for some of the busier roads in the county.”
“As our rural roads network falls into disrepair, the likelihood of accidents and damage to cars increases significantly.”
“The County Council will face higher and higher insurance claims limiting current expenditure options.”
“A major roads investment programme is needed across the county to ensure that our roads are up to scratch. We are only kicking the problem down the road by not investing now,” argued Moynihan.