Wednesday 6 December 2023
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Cllr. O’ Shea welcomes increase in funding to Local & Regional Roads in Cork

Cllr. O’ Shea welcomes increase in funding to Local & Regional Roads in Cork

North Cork Independent Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has today welcomed the announcement by the Independent Alliance Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr. Shane Ross T.D. that just over €36m has been allocated to Cork County Council as part of the Regional and Local Road Grants Allocations for 2017.

Cllr. O’ Shea said “I am very pleased that this funding has allowed for an 11.5% increase in the Restoration Improvement Grant compare to 2016 for Cork. I know this will be of particular benefit to the roads in Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Area which have been severely drained of funding over the last number of years”.  

Minister Ross has stated that priority this year is the continued maintenance of the existing road network coupled with major rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements is central to this year’s programme. There will also be rehabilitation works carried out to 16 bridges across Cork County along with 19 specific improvement works and safety schemes carried out on our local and regional roads in Cork. Some of the local works include:

Bridge Rehabilitation Works:

  • R579 – Raheen Bridge North (Kanturk) – €80,000
  • R576 – Curragh Bridge (Kanturk) – €80,000
  • R522 – Prohust Bridge (Kanturk) – €80,000
  • L5336 – Lombardstown North Bridge (Gortroe) – €50,000
Safety Improvement Works:
  • R578 – Charleville approach to Dromina village €30,000
Cllr. O’ Shea added “Local Authorities like Cork County Council are best placed to assess priorities within their own areas and therefore I welcome Minister Ross’s statement that considerable autonomy has now been given to Cork County Council under the specific grant headings to decide their own specific work programmes including up to 15% discretionary grant. I look forward to seeing progress on our local & regional roads throughout 2017 as a result of this allocation today”.