DFI: Temporary Promotions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:45 pm on 26th April 2021.

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Photo of Cathal Boylan Cathal Boylan Sinn Féin 2:45 pm, 26th April 2021

I thank the Minister for her answers. I understand that vacancies have affected the delivery of services, including in Roads. At a Committee meeting recently, you said that you recognised the importance of improving rural roads. A 2019 audit report called for the structural maintenance budget to be more fairly allocated across the rural road network. Will the Minister commit to greater coverage of the rural roads network in the structural maintenance budget, and will she cover those vacancies to deliver that programme?