One-tenth of Irish roads suffering from 'severe structural distress'

Government could spent up to €10bn on repairs

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In total 10,000km of Ireland's roads are essentially falling apart according to a new report. It said that large parts of the road network are in need of urgent repair.

According to a new report from the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) 6% of the regional road network surveyed, falls into the most dangerous category.

Some of the problems include "large and deep" potholes, "disintegration" of the road surface, "extensive loss" of pavement and cracking across more than half the road surface.

The new 'Performance Indicators in Local Authorities' report from the NOAC found that Offaly has some of the worst roads in the country. Major problems were also evident in Laois, Monaghan, Wexford, Tipperary, Galway and Sligo.

The report paints a rather grim picture of the overall condition of the non-national road network, with the Department of Transport last month telling the Dáil Transport Committee that investment was "well short" of the level necessary to maintain the network in a good condition.

Speaking about the state of Irish roads, Conor Faughnan from the AA says county councils need to properly invest in local infrastructure.