Improvement works for rural roads and laneways in Kildare will receive crucial funding to help to improve accessibility and boost connectivity, a Fine Gael TD and Minister Martin Heydon has said.


Minister Heydon welcomed the overarching funding of €12.4 million announced today by Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys. The boost comes under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), which aims to help communities improve non-public roads and lanes that are not typically maintained by local authorities.


Minister Heydon said: “We will see funding of €307,736 made available for our rural roads and laneways here in Kildare. The overall announcement by Minister Humphreys means some €112 million has now been allocated to local authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme since it was re-introduced in 2017.”


“Our homes, farms, and local amenities here in Kildare will reap the benefits of this landmark investment.


“Fine Gael is committed to ensuring stronger, safer communities and making our rural towns and villages places that people can work, live and raise a family.”

“Local connectivity is absolutely vital for our rural communities here in Kildare and I along with my team of local councillors have worked with residents and land owners in the past to avail of the Local Improvement Scheme. This additional investment towards the scheme in Kildare will mean more laneways and cul de sacs can benefit from improvement works.

“We all know parts of rural Kildare that can be difficult to access because the road or laneway is in need of repair and this funding will go towards making those essential improvements more attainable.” Minister Heydon concluded.