ECONOMIC QUESTIONS--IRELAND

THE PRESENT POSITION OF FINANCING IN IRELAND IS REPORTED. THE FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR ROAD WORKS ARE SMALL. IRELAND HAS A HIGH MILEAGE OF PUBLIC ROADS AND A LOW DENSITY OF POPULATION AND VEHICLES. THE EMPHASIS TO DATE HAS BEEN ON STRIVING TO HAVE METALLED SURFACES ON ALL ROADS AND TO MAINTAIN THE EXISTING SYSTEM AT A REASONABLE LEVEL. INSUFFICIENT MONEY HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR IMPROVEMENT WORKS, PARTICULARLY ON THE MAIN ROADS AND IN URBAN AREAS. THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY SPENT ON ROADS REPRESENTS 1.21 PERCENT OF THE G.N.P. IN 1969. OF THE TOTAL INCOME FROM ROAD USER TAXATION THE TOTAL ROAD EXPENDITURE IS 29 PERCENT, AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT TO WHOM THE TAXATION ACCRUES SPENDS 15 PERCENT OF IT ON ROADS. IT IS FELT THAT A MORE REALISTIC COMPARISON COULD BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF EXPENDTIRUE ON THE MAIN OR CLASSIFIED ROAD SYSTEM. NATIONAL VARIANCES, IN OVERALL ROAD ADMINISTRATION AND CLASSIFICATION MAKE TOTAL COMPARISONS DIFFICULT. A TABULATED CLASSIFICATION OF THE HIGHWAY ROAD NETWORK WHICH CONSISTS OF 53,703 MILES OF ROADWAY IS PRESENTED. ALL ROADS ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES, AND THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. THE CENTRAL FUNDS FOR ROADS COME FROM THE ROAD FUND, TO WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS ARE DIRECTLY MADE BY ROAD USERS, THROUGH ANNUAL VEHICLE TAX AND DRIVER LICENSING FEES AND CERTAIN OTHER FEES AND PENALTIES. THE NUMBER OF MOTOR VEHICLES IS CONTINUALLY INCREASING ALTHOUGH THE RATE OF INCREASE WHICH WAS HIGH IN THE EARLY 1960'S HAS DROPPED APPRECIABLY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. A FIGURE ILLUSTRATES A COMPARISON OF THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT IN ROADS WITH PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN VEHICLES. TRAFFIC GROWTH, TOURIST ROADS, URBAN ROADS, ECONOMIC BENEFITS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE OTHER ASPECTS DISCUSSED.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • QUESTION VI-10
  • Authors:
    • Mcilraith, C D
  • Publication Date: 1971

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  • Accession Number: 00202424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 11 1974 12:00AM