TRANSPORT Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has come under fire at Cork County Council for failing to tackle noise pollution affecting residents living near national roads and motorways.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Padraig O’Sullivan brought forward the issue of noise impacting residents in Cobh, Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, Little Island and Glounthaune.
Mr O’Sullivan said that due to the unprecedented development along the main road corridors, nearby residents have been severely impacted.
He said he has previously been in contact with TII in relation to this issue, without success, but added that it was time to try again.
“The residents are forgotten in this debate. Noise mitigation measures are a big issue in east Cork,” he said.
Labour Councillor Cathal Rasmussen supported the call and said it is not just east Cork that is affected.
Carrigtwohill-based Fine Gael Councillor Anthony Barry said the current noise pollution in his area totally unacceptable.
“The volumes of traffic has exceeded any expectation. Definitely, measures should be taken,” said Mr Barry.
Fianna Fáil Councillor James O’Connor offered his full support to Mr O’Sullivan’s suggestion.
“Congestion is a serious problem and public transport is not up to scratch. It is important to get clarification,” said Mr O’Connor.
Carrigaline-based Councillor Seamus McGrath said noise pollution is also a problem in his area.
“It is not just east Cork, we have similar problems along the N28, along Shannonpark and Rochestown which are densely populated areas,” said Mr McGrath.
West Cork-based Councillor Joe Carroll said he understood the conundrum the councillors were conveying.
“I understand, communication from TII is never easy. We should meet these people and ask them to be more courteous,” said Mr Carroll.
“Dealing with them, you might as well be dealing with Russia. They totally ignore what we have to say. We need to speak to these people and tell them it would be no harm to be a bit nicer.”