YOUR ROAD TAX WILL GO UP – BUT DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENT

first_imgCllr Marie Therese Gallagher has described as unacceptable a further cut to the Roads Budget by 15% for 2013.Speaking after the Glenties Electoral Area Meeting on Monday, Cllr Gallagher said: “Since its peak when the roads budget stood at €16 million we have seen a decrease of over 70% in the budget allocation for roads to just €5m for 2012 for the Glenties Electoral Area.“We have been told today by Donegal County Council that there will be a further 15% cut to the restoration programme for 2013. These cuts by Minister Varadkar are going to impact greatly on the condition of our roads, which are currently disintegrating before our eyes. “This measure does not make economic sense and will cost the Government twice as much into the future, as many roads in our area will have to be rebuilt due to this constant lack of funding. It is a short term gain only and will not provide for a long term roads infrastructure.“In the past we have witnessed the results of poor decision making when roads grants were being allocated. This practice has to stop as it has not strengthened our roads infrastructure.“The Glenties Electoral Area is nearly the same size as all of County Leitrim and with an area this size we have to ensure that roads are prioritised as part of a long-term roads programme whereby the benefits of a restoration grant would be felt for many years, rather than repeatedly tarring short stretches which have to reinstated year after year.“Over four years ago Fianna Fáil introduced their slash and burn policies, and they have been enthusiastically carried forward by the present Government. These Austerity policies do not work.” Cllr Gallagher concluded: “With leaks this week that an increase in motor tax is likely in the upcoming sixth Austerity budget, frustrated road users repeatedly ask where our taxes are being spent, because it is certainly not on improving our roads infrastructure.”  YOUR ROAD TAX WILL GO UP – BUT DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENT was last modified: November 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENTYOUR ROAD TAX WILL GO UP – BUT DONEGAL ROADS BUDGET SLASHED BY 15 PER CENTlast_img

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