Condition of minor roads a problem throughout Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal

The Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council says the most extensive road works programme ever was carried out in County Sligo in the past year.

Fine Gael Councillor Hubert Keaney was responding to a report published today on the condition of Ireland’s roads.

The report, in the Irish Independent, is based on information from the National Oversight and Audit Commission, which monitors the performance of local authorities.

According to the Irish Independent, more than 10,000 kilometres of Ireland’s roads are essentially falling apart.

Throughout Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal, there appears to be a major problem with the condition of minor roads.

It lists Sligo among the counties with what it describes as major road problems, with 3 per cent of regional roads in severe structural distress.

It says the same applies to 13% of primary roads in the county, 23% of secondary roads and 31% of tertiary or minor roads.

In Donegal, 2% of regional roads are said to be in severe structural distress. Eight per cent of primary roads are reported to be in the same condition, 13% of secondary roads and 16% of minor roads.

In Leitrim, 2% of primary roads, 6% of secondary roads and 12% of minor roads are reported to be in severe structural distress.

South Dublin has the best roads in the country.

However, despite Sligo being listed among the counties with major road problems, Cllr Keaney says extensive work has been undertaken on roads in the county.