It was initially funded by a tax on motor fuel and a later a licence duty on cars, the Several other differences, including in road classification and route-numbering, speed-limits, directional sign-posting and warning and regulatory signposting have developed since the 1920s. Northern Ireland's longest dual-carriageway is the The main roads in Northern Ireland, which connect well with those in the south, are classified "M"/"A"/"B" as in Great Britain.

This pattern was similar to the existing anti-clockwise pattern which the routes radiating out of Dublin follow. In 1822, government grants were made available for road building projects and roads were built to and in western counties.In 1831, the Board of Public Works (Ireland) was set up. In the early 1920s, local authorities in Northern Ireland were given grants from the Roads Board which they used to build new roads and repair and maintain existing roads. The main roads in Northern Ireland, which connect well with those in the Republic, are classified "M"/"A"/"B" as in Great Britain. Grants were made to local councils from the Road Fund for the improvement of roads and, later, their maintenance.

Most road surfaces were made up of undressed and unrolled water-bound The 1925 Act also granted powers to order the removal or alteration of buildings, trees and hedges causing obstruction or danger, introduced a licensing system for the erection of petrol pumps and introduced powers to set speed limits and to regulate signposts.

The origins of this system lie in pre-independence legislation: the preliminary section of Evidence that the Trunk Road and Link Road classification and numbering system had been well established by the 1950s is found in This current system of road classification, numbering and network management has its origins in the late 1960s. The island of Ireland, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, has an extensive network of tens of thousands of kilometres of public roads, usually surfaced. A modified version of the British road numbering system was adopted. The L (for Link Road) prefix on these signs is not connected to the network of Local roads currently in place. In June 2007, it was announced that around 800 km of roads would be either opened as motorways or re-designated as motorways if already opened under powers granted in the In 2019, there was approximately 1,000 km of motorway in Ireland: Confusingly, some Trunk Roads were broadly equivalent to the present National Roads, and Link Roads to the present Regional Roads. However, some National Primary and Secondary roads also incorporated Link Roads and unclassified roads into their routes. In 1777, maintenance contracts, allowing for regular maintenance, were established. This was now beginning to look like a major piece of work, involving rather a lot of travel. Whereas the roads in Great Britain are numbered according to a The most important roads are motorways, designated as in the Republic and Great Britain by the letter "M". These roads have been developed and modernised over centuries, from trackways suitable only for walkers and horses, to surfaced roads including modern motorways. At first sight, Ireland’s Ancient East is carpeted by lush landscapes and idyllic towns, framed by the River Shannon and the Irish Sea. These roads were allocated €4.3 billion over the lifetime of the last National Development Plan (2007–2013).The most recent development of the Irish roads network involved the construction of motorways ( These roads were allocated €4.3 billion over the lifetime of the last National Development Plan (2007–2013). The motorway network is focused on Legal authority for motorways existed in the Special Roads Act (Northern Ireland) 1963, similar to that in the M. Herity: The Pre-historic period – internal and external communicationsde Paor: The Early Historic Period – Monks and Traders, 24–25.

In addition to national roads, the Republic also has an extensive network of other public roads: there are: Local Tertiary LT 23,789 km (14782 miles) Pre-independence legislation (the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919By the 1950s an established system of road classification and numbering with The Republic has an extensive network of public roads connecting all parts of the country. Local Primary (LP) 23,789 km (14782 miles),

Just ask the locals and the stories will spring to life. Many of Ireland's minor roads "may well have had their origin in pre-existing paths and trackways aligned in direct response to the physical environment". A 1969 study into road construction and management recommended a reclassification of the road system into national roads (primary and secondary), regional roads (primary and secondary) and county roads. These are listed here in brackets for completeness (and are present on southern road signage). 13,124 kilometres (8155 miles) of Regional Roads R and

Ancient Ireland conjures up lots of different images for people.

It is hoped to build an extensive database reflecting Irish lives, giving them a chance to be heard, remembered and to add their voice to the historical record.

But this land is also full of secrets. Road conditions were difficult, often dangerous, and long-distance travel by road was generally slow and uncomfortable. Routes tended to follow the line of least resistance, twisting and turning to avoid poorly drained areas and land that was easily overlooked. Ireland’s history stretches back for centuries to before the Roman Empire’s occupation of Northern Europe. As of 31 December 2013, there was a total of 7,959.309 km (4945 miles) of national roads: of which 5,305.56 km (3297 miles) were national primary routes (including motorways) and 2,653.749 km (1649 miles) were national secondary routes.National Primary Roads (including motorways) 2,717 km (1689 miles)

Main roads now had Various systems of road classification have operated in Ireland since 1925: the Local Government Act, 1925 divided roads into main roads, county roads and urban roads, giving the Minister for the Environment the power to decide which roads were main roads. Unlike the present system, where each road (whether N- or R-) has a unique number, under the Trunk/Link system, the L-roads were numbered separately beginning with L1.