The Irish government has ordered an almost complete cessation in funding for road work until further notice. In a move designed to save billions of euro, the spending cut will affect 78 major construction national schemes, 55 of them national primary routes and 23 national secondary roads, including those linking Dublin with Monaghan, Sligo, Mayo and Wexford. The National Roads Authority now has to apply directly to the Department of Finance for each new project, even road surfacing. Each specific case will then be reviewed and will await government sanction. This edict mirrors that recently issued to local authorities ordering them to halt