Calls for funding for flood-damaged Cork roads

Calls for funding for flood-damaged Cork roads

Rosscarberry in West Cork was badly flooded. Picture: Andy Gibson

The Cork South West road network must be prioritised for funding from the Department of Transport, according to a Cork TD.

Roads in West Cork were severely impacted by heavy rain in recent months, leading to calls for greater funding and permanent works.

Residents, business owners and local politicians have highlighted the need for funding in recent weeks, given the regions importance in terms of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Christopher O’Sullivan, has told Minister Hildegarde Naughton that the Cork South West road network must be prioritised for funding.

“The severe damage done to the road network in Cork South West due to the recent adverse weather conditions has left many residents cut off,” he said.

“The repair of these roads is crucial.

“Over €5m will be needed to repair roads in Glandore, Rosscarbery, Rathbarry, Drinagh, Leap, Connonagh and Reenascreena,” he added.

“I am asking for a firm commitment that this funding will be made available immediately.

“The engineers cannot complete this work without this funding being released.

“Minister Ryan and the Department of Transport need to make these vital funds available.

“The communities in Cork South West need answers,” concluded Deputy O’Sullivan.

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