Fianna Fáil MEP candidate in the Midlands-North-West, Anne Rabbitte TD, has said that major under funding of the roads network in the western region is impacting on investment in the area.
Figures have shown that there is a funding shortfall between investment required to maintain roads and actual investment.
Deputy Rabbitte commented: "It is imperative funding is increased not only to maintain our roads but to improve them. The European Commission has highlighted regional imbalance in Ireland and said one reason for this is a lack of investment on infrastructure, including the road network. In Galway there is a 36% shortfall, Mayo also 36%, Roscommon 24% and there is a shortfall in Sligo as well.
"The western region is neglected time and again. The region is losing its best due to a lack of investment. We must heed the warnings of the European Commission to ensure success in the west."