Cork could be a suburb of Dublin with proper transport

Cork could be a suburb of Dublin with proper transport
Attending the Cork Chamber Business Breakfast at the Cork International Hotel were Sinéad McSweeney, managing director, Twitter; Aidan Forde of the Irish Examiner; Bill O'Connell, president Cork Chamber; and Barbara-Anne Richardson, director, member services, Cork Chamber. Picture: Denis Minihane.

CORK Chamber President Bill O’Connell has raised the possibility of Cork being within commuting distance of Dublin if investment is made in the region’s transport networks.

“We talk about Cork as an alternative to Dublin, well, if we had a one-hour train journey we could be a suburb of Dublin,” said Mr O’Connell.

Mr O’Connell raised the prospect as he outlined the Chamber’s hopes for tomorrow's budget.

They are hoping for issues around infrastructure and housing in Cork to be addressed.

“Infrastructure is top of the list of our major asks,” Mr O’Connell said. 

“We’ve been on the case of the M20 for a long, long time, with our sister chamber in Limerick. It is nearly 2018, and we still haven't a motorway linking our second and third biggest cities, which is not a good place to be.

“The M28 is another key initiative we feel. It is the motorway to Ringaskiddy which will open up the port down there and conversely will free up the port of Cork for housing and commercial development. This is a key part of the Cork 2050 initiative.” 

The Chamber will have an early opportunity to tackle Mr Leo Varadkar if they are unhappy with Tuesday’s budget. The Taoiseach will attend a post-budget breakfast for Cork Chamber members at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Friday October 13.

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