National Roads Authority (NRA) (
) is a state body in the Republic of Ireland, responsible for the national road network.
- For the Israeli National Roads Authority, see National Road Company of
The NRA was established as part of the Roads Act 1993
, and commenced operations on
23 December 1993
accordance with S.I. 407 of 1993.
for local and regional roads
, as well
as various tasks like setting speed limits. The NRA, meanwhile, is
responsible for the planning, maintenance and construction of
as well as establishing safety measures.
Ireland's national road network consists of of National Primary
Routes and of National Secondary Routes.
The body also plays an environmental and archaeological role as
part of the road building programme, publishing an archaeology
, since 2006. Since 2007
it has operated the eToll
toll payment interoperability system.
The NRA is headed by a Chief
(CEO) who reports to the NRA's board which in
turn reports to the Minister for Transport. There are four
departmental heads who report to the CEO: the Head of Finance and
Administration, the Head of Engineering Operations, the Head of PPP
), Strategic Planning and Commercial Operations and
the Head of Corporate Affairs and Professional Services.
At present, the NRA is mainly concerned with the extensive
expansion of Ireland's motorway
network under the National
(NDP). The Transport
element of the NDP involves improvements to Ireland's
transport networks including its roads. The NRA is responsible for
making major improvements to key roads, especially the Major
Inter-Urban Routes 
. These routes are the N1/M1 (Dublin - north of
Dundalk), the N4/M4/N6/M6 (Dublin - Kinnegad-Galway), the
N7/M7 (Dublin-Limerick), the
N8/M8 (Portlaoise-Cork) and the
N9/M9 (near Naas-Waterford).
improvements are also being made to many other national primary and
national secondary routes, most notably the Atlantic Corridor
routes (N15, N17, N18, N20, N24, N25) and the N11/M11 (Dublin - Wexford).