Dáil Éireann - Volume 405 - 19 February, 1991

Written Answers. - National Roads Authority.

268. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for the Environment when he intends to give statutory authority to the National Roads Authority which is now in existence for two-and-a-half years.

270. Mr. Bell asked the Minister for the Environment the plans his Department have to set up the long awaited and promised National Roads Authority; if he accepts that this has been promised on a number of occasions; the reason for the long delay; the functions which will be allocated to any such new authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Flynn): I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 270 together.

I refer to replies to Questions No. 106 of 6 February 1991 and No. 59 of 28 November 1990. With regard to functions, I envisage that the NRA will have overall responsibility for the supervision of the development of national roads and a range of specific functions in relation to the planning, design and construction of such roads. Details must, however, await publication of the legislation.