Murray: Concerns over roads money

Sinn Féin Cllr. Jack Murray said the money allocated to the council for road strengthening does not target roads most in need.

Sinn Féin Cllr. Jack Murray said the money allocated to the council for road strengthening does not target roads most in need.

Cllr. Murray, chairperson of the council’s roads and transportation strategic policy committee, welcomed the four million euro allocation from the government’s jobs fund, but said it was only half of what was needed to repair Donegal roads.

The councillor was concerned that the Department of Transport also specified the roads to be strengthened with the allocation.

“It is important that the department allows a degree of flexibility on how this money is spent as the council’s roads department are better positioned to assess which roads are in the greatest need of repair,” Cllr. Murray said.

He said the allocation does not allow for the council to employ new staff and because of current staff limitations it is likely that contractors will be hired to carry out the work.