€1,212,063 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes across Roscommon and Galway in 2019, Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins has said.

The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.

Senator Maura Hopkins stated “this funding adds significantly to the funds that were provided for Roscommon and Galway under the scheme in 2018. €856,959 is to be provided for Co. Galway in 2019 and €355,104 is to be provdied for Co. Roscommon in this intial allocation.”
 
“This scheme will have a very positive impact for farmers to help them access their land and for residents who live on these private roads. I have worked with many individuals in terms of making applications for this scheme”.
 
“Up to 90% of the funding will be provided by Minister Michael Ring at the Department of Rural and Community Development. The remaining money is expected to come from local residents, landowners or local authorities for roads leading to public amenities. Minister Ring has this year put in place a cap of €1,200 on the maximum contribution payable by any individual landowner or resident.”
 
Senator Hopkins concluded; “This scheme provides much needed investment in our rural communities. I continue to emphasise to Minister Ring, the need for further investment in Local Improvement Schemes.”