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One Irish county has way more roads than all the others. Guess which one?

Perhaps predictably, it’s Ireland’s biggest county.

PastedImage-89321 Some of the planned road projects currently suspended in Co Cork. Source: National Roads Authority

WE ALL KNOW that Cork is the largest county in Ireland, we’ve heard it since primary school.

But just to put in perspective, take a look at the road network throughout the country. It shows that, in total kilometres, Cork has almost twice the length of primary and regional roads than the county in second place, Galway.

The information was released in the Dáil by Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe on foot of a question from Independent TD Catherine Murphy.

The question sought to find out the amount of kilometres of paved road within each local authority area broken down by road classification.

Donohoe provided the deputy with information based on information supplied by local authorities in 2012.

They show that Cork County Council has almost 11,867 km of regional and local roads with a further 463 km of roads in Cork City.

The figures include national primary roads and include regional and local routes. The minister said that he had requested the National Roads Authority to provide Murphy with more up to date and specific details.

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Across its four local authorities Dublin’s road network totals 3,949 km with Dublin City having longest road network of any of the five cities in the state.

The shortest road network of any county is in Carlow with a road network not much more than 1,000 km.

PastedImage-379 Source: Kildare Street

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