Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony has called for no cuts in road maintenance funding for the North West, particularly given the extreme weather conditions faced this winter.

The Mayo Senator has asked the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross to establish an emergency fund to ensure that harsh weather does not impact on road maintenance.

Senator O’Mahony said: “The allocation for road maintenance was cut this year by 16%, which in my view was the incorrect decision.

“If current levels of maintenance funding are not increased, there is a prospect of sharp deterioration in the condition of our roads and thus the capital value of the national roads network.

“If routine upkeep is not adequately funded, we will see vital roads used by local businesses and families deteriorating very quickly. 

“We need an emergency road maintenance fund to deal with the havoc resulting from the winter weather conditions.

“I firmly believe that a balance between ordinary maintenance and capital expenditure is essential.”