FUNDING for phase one of repairs to the historic weir on the River Blackwater in Fermoy has been secured.
Funding of €165,000 has been secured from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to part fund the project.
Another €165,000 is being provided by the Cork County Council, totalling €330,000 needed to appoint a consultant who will design the repairs, estimate the cost and provide a timeline for the works needed.
There has been a long-running campaign in Fermoy to save the weir from total ruin.
A section of the weir collapsed last winter, sparking fears for local fishing and river amenity and sporting groups.
Fine Gael Councillor Noel McCarthy said:
“Residents in Fermoy are very upset it is taking this long to get the weir fixed.”
A statement released by local Fine Gael representatives, Noel McCarthy, Kay Dawson and Pa O’Driscoll, said: “The consulting engineers can now be appointed to draw up a design and provide a full costing. When the full costs are known we are absolutely confident that the funding will be put in place to repair and restore the weir.
“The weir is an integral part of the landscape of Fermoy, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that it is repaired so that the Blackwater can be used by the clubs and people of the area.”