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For Oral Answer on : 22/06/2023
Question Number(s): 63 Question Reference(s): 30044/23
Department: Transport
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.


To ask the Minister for Transport if he has considered allowing a project (details supplied) to proceed this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

(Details Supplied) Mallow Relief Road


As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and exchequer funding in relation to the National Roads Programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in line with the National Development Plan (NDP), the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. This is also subject to the Public Spending Code and the necessary statutory approvals.

The Government has earmarked €5.1bn for capital spending on new national roads projects from 2021 to 2030 as part of the NDP. This funding will enable improved regional accessibility across the country as well as compact growth, which are key National Strategic Outcomes. The funding will provide for the development of numerous national road projects, including the completion of projects which are already at construction stage and those close to it, as well as the development of a number of others.

As the greater portion of this funding becomes available in the second half of the decade, this means that there was a constraint on the funding available for new projects this year. As a result of this, a prioritisation exercise was necessary. In line with the NDP and Government policy, national road funding for 2023 was allocated in a manner which seeks to achieve the following key outcomes:

  • Protection and renewal of the existing national road network
  • Progressing major projects in or near construction
  • Progressing major projects which are pre-construction but well advanced in the development pipeline
  • Prioritising any remaining funds for major projects which provide for local bypasses and Compact Growth in Ireland’s towns and villages.

I can confirm that €100,000 has been allocated for the Mallow Relief Road scheme in 2023 in order to meet project commitments. As with all national roads projects in the NDP, the delivery programme for the project will be kept under review for 2024 and considered in terms of the overall funding envelope available to TII. 

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.