‘Political lobbying’ needed for roads

Inishowen councillors have been told that how ‘political lobbying’ is needed for Inishowen’s roads to be designated national primary status.

Councillor Bernard McGuinness has called for three routes in the peninsula - Muff to Greencastle, Bridgend to Buncrana and Quigley’s Point to Carndonagh - to be designated as national primary routes by the National Roads Authority.

Only one road in the peninsula, Bridgend to Newtowncunningham, has the status, on which more emphasis is placed on funding.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Senior Executive Engineer for Roads in the Inishowen Municipal District, Seamus Hopkins, told Colr. McGuinness how area roads had raised the issue with the central roads department. He said there had been contact at senior level with the Minister’s office on progressing the matter.

However, he said it had been indicated how there did not seem to be any formal application process for designation and it was “more a matter of political lobbying.”

Mr Hopkins said the Council could provide all information the department may need but the issue was ultimately down to the elected representatives.