€1,192,667 Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) funding announced for Sligo

€1,192,667 Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) funding announced for Sligo

Minister Humphreys announced today that Sligo is to receive €1,192,667 for repairs and improvement works on non-public rural roads and laneways under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).

The funding was announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD as part of €40 million for repairs under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS).

Minister Humphreys said this investment demonstrated her continued commitment to vital road infrastructure in rural Ireland, providing access to people’s homes and farms.

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Gerard Mullaney commented 

“This funding will significantly contribute to the enhancement of our local infrastructure, ensuring safer and more accessible roads for our community. It is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our Members and the ongoing commitment of the government to support the development of our region.“

Speaking as she announced the allocation today, Minister Humphreys said: 

“I am delighted to announce record funding of €40 million for the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS), which will improve hundreds of rural roads and laneways across the country.

“LIS is a critical source of funding for small non-public roads not normally maintained by local authorities.

“It’s a fantastic scheme under which the homeowners and farmers who use the lane make a small local contribution and the Government provides the balance of funding to ensure that people can access their homes and farms on good quality surfaces.

Minister Humphreys continued:

“I am also amending the LIS criteria so that only one herd number will be required for a valid LIS application. Up to now, two herd numbers were required to be using the lane. I am making this change in response to feedback I have received from local representatives and it will ensure that more families can now qualify for the scheme.

“I am also aware that Local Authorities need to carry out LIS works when weather conditions are favorable. In recognition of this and in order to help local authorities better plan their work programmes, I am providing greater flexibility so that Local Authorities can use their allocation throughout 2024 and 2025.“