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“€108 thousand extra in funding means work on Ardfinnan Bridge can begin this year,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed confirmation from Tipperary County Council that initial remedial works are scheduled to begin on Ardfinnan Bridge late in 2016. Deputy McGrath was speaking after he sought clarification on the matter following a statement to him by the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to the effect that the Council had not prioritised the repair works in its Bridge Rehabilitation Grant application earlier this year:

“The Council have confirmed to me that the process of securing consultants to engage in a comprehensive technical assessment of Ardfinnan Bridge is currently underway.

I further understand that this will lead to a contractor being engaged and put in place early in the fourth quarter of this year.

At that stage scheduling of the works will be undertaken and initial works will begin late in 2016.

In all fairness to both the Council and the Department it also has to be recognised that the Council received over €108,000 extra above the Departments own funding allocation ceiling.

The departmental grant ceiling was placed at €331,427 yet Tipperary County Council managed to obtain €440,000.

This funding achievement must be welcomed in light of the massive levels of repair work that needs to be undertaken on at least nine bridges within the county,” concluded Deputy McGrath.