A group of Fine Gael Councillors in North Cork has met with Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Simon Coveney TD on the need to urgently release funding to progress with the long awaited bypass for Mallow. The delegation included Cllr. Liam Madden, Cllr. Tony O’Shea, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea & Cllr. Noel McCarthy.
The Mallow Bypass is a key priority project for Cork County Council and TII and it is consistent with all objectives of national policy. Active Travel is also included in the plans for the Bypass linking many housing estates on the northern end of the town to the town centre and train station.
Expressing the need for action, Fine Gael Group Leader on Cork County Council & North Cork based Councillor John Paul O’Shea said “We are grateful to Minister Coveney for meeting with us as a group on this issue. We are aware Budget 2024 discussions are underway and it is critical for Mallow and North Cork that we see tangible movements on funding for the Mallow Bypass as part of Budget 2024”.
“We were bitterly disappointed to have only received €100,000 for the project as part of the Roads Allocation for 2023. The project is effectively on hold now until the Minister for Transport Eamonn Ryan TD allocates enough funding to bring it to the next stage of development”.
The group of North Cork Fine Gael Councillors noted that the Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery & Reform Paschal Donohoe recently published the Prospects 2023/2024 report which highlights 50 of the largest projects to progress in the state over the coming years and the Mallow Bypass is included to proceed in this report.
Commenting on the meeting with the group of Fine Gael Councillors in North Cork Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Simon Coveney TD said “I very much welcome the opportunity to meet with my Fine Gael colleagues in North Cork on the Mallow Bypass. I’ve listened to their concerns about the need to fund and build the Mallow Bypass Road and I am strongly supportive of their efforts to ensure it is prioritised within Government.”