Dr Frank Crowley, an economist with UCC’s Cork University Business School, has spoken out after the town was left shocked by the announcement of two prominent closures in recent days. O Crualaoi’s butchers is to close its Carrigaline outlet within the coming days, while the Abbey Bar & Restaurant will also shut its doors by the end of the summer.
Locals have blamed poor traffic management, with the heart of Carrigaline often clogged during busy times.
Dr Crowley said that it is the result of ‘decades of planning neglect.’
“Literally, the town has been dumped on with residential housing without careful design of how the town will cater for the increased population,” he said.
“The main street is choked with car traffic and any businesses that survive are built on convenience products like takeaways, hairdressers and supermarkets,” he added.
In 1971, Carrigaline had a population of just 971. In the 2016 census, this figure has hit 16,000, a 1,500% increase in just 45 years.