€4m in budget for Christmas Day floods

By Dan Walsh

Wexford County Council has been informed of its 2022 allocation of €23,749,787 for regional and local road funding for Co. Wexford and included is €4 million under the category ‘severe weather’ which will cover some of the damage to roads and bridges in the Christmas Day flooding weather event.

Minister for Transport, Environment, Climate Change and Communications, Eamon Ryan, today announced details of a €597 million investment programme for 2022 for regional and local roads. Overall funding will increase by over 4% this year. The funding package will allow approximately 3,100kms of roads to be maintained and 2,550kms to be strengthened.

Minister Ryan stated: “The main priority in 2022 continues to be the protection and renewal of the existing regional and local road network. Last year I introduced a climate change adaptation grant for works on roads at risk due to the impact of climate change and severe weather events. I am pleased to say that this funding will continue in 2022 with €15 million being allocated for 355 climate change adaptation projects.”

Minister Ryan added: “Specific provision of €4 million has been made to assist Wexford County Council with road repair works arising from the flooding event that occurred in Wexford on Christmas Day.”

“”I would also explain that these grants supplement local authorities’ own resources expenditure on regional and local road projects and do not represent the total investment in regional and local roads for this year,” concluded Minister Ryan.

KILTILLY BRIDGE was allocated €28,000 under Rehabilitation Works in Wexford County Council’s allocation, but since it was damaged in the Christmas Day floods more funding will be needed. This picture published by WexfordLocal.com on January 21st shows local resident Jimmy Lancaster and Cllr Donal Kenny surveying the damage.

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