Kildare South TD, Minister Martin Heydon has welcomed a funding allocation of almost €1.1million for repairs and improvement works on non-public rural roads and laneways under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) which will contribute to the development of rural communities across Kildare.
Minister Heydon said, “This allocation of €1,074,515 for Kildare is a game-changer for our rural communities. It signifies a profound commitment to enhancing road access to homes and farms, which is vital for ensuring ease of access during daily lives of our residents.”
“The scheme, which is particularly beneficial to our rural and agricultural communities, ensures that everyone in Kildare can access their properties on well-maintained roads.
“The adjustment to the LIS criteria, where now only one herd number is required for a valid application, a change from the previous requirement of two, is particularly welcome.”
“This amendment to the scheme will substantially increase the number of eligible families and farms, facilitating broader access to this crucial funding. This responsive adjustment, made after listening to feedback on the ground reflects Fine Gael’s adaptive approach to meeting rural development needs.
“Furthermore, the extension allowing local authorities to utilise their funding allocation across both 2024 and 2025 provides the necessary flexibility to schedule works during favourable weather conditions, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in improving our rural infrastructure.
“I encourage all eligible residents across South Kildare to engage with their local authority to benefit from this opportunity. This investment not only supports our current needs but also lays down a sound foundation for the future prosperity and accessibility for families and to farms across Kildare South”, Minister Heydon concluded.