The thousands of broken lights in Northern Ireland may have to stay that way as the government does not have the funds for repair/replacement.

Due to budget cuts, the department in charge of roads and street lighting is having to save £15 million and will not be able to pay private contractors for repairing broken lamps.

The Department for Regional Development are determined to keep the roads as safe as possible but as other articles have reported, dark roads can be really dangerous and will only get worse in winter.

Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, said:

I have had to take the difficult decision to stop funding external contractors for the repair of street lamps that fail, unless they pose an electrical hazard to members of the public. This has the potential to result in tens of thousands of street lights being out across Northern Ireland over the winter period.

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