Road project for heavily populated Cork suburb must be 'properly funded'

Road project for heavily populated Cork suburb must be 'properly funded'

Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire. Photo: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ie

Urgent action is required on a Cork road project that has left residents marooned for over a decade, according to a local TD.

Speaking in the Dáil this week, Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire (SF) raised with the Minister for Transport the need for urgent action on the L2455 Road Project at Lehenaghbeg/Lehenaghmore.

Issues regarding the lack of pedestrian access and public lighting have been ongoing for several years in an area located off the Togher Road between Lehenaghmore and Lehenaghbeg.

Original plans to address the problems were shelved in 2012 due to a lack of funds.

Several housing estates have sprung up in the area in recent years and issues have been raised with regard to the lack of proper infrastructure in the area putting residents' safety at risk.

Cork South Central TD Mr Ó Laoghaire said the lack of infrastructure has left residents marooned.

Speaking in the Dáil, Mr Ó Laoghaire said:

“There is a growing community just outside Cork City at Lehenaghbeg/Lehenaghmore who are marooned.

“They cannot walk outside their estates to the shop because of a lack of footpaths.

“They cannot cycle safely to school or work,” he added.

Mr Ó Laoghaire said the development represents the very worst of Celtic Tiger era planning.

“This road project will probably be expensive,” he added.

“However, this community has been let down time and time again over 15 years.

“The Minister must now ensure that this project is properly funded,” he said.

“It is important for road safety of motorists too but much more so for pedestrians, for children, and for the future of this community.”

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