North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea this week welcomed the signing of a contract for the design stage of the planned M20 motorway between Cork and Limerick. Cllr O’Shea said the design contract signing signals the latest step in the government’s plan to link the country’s second and third largest cities, which will bring significant economic benefits to the North Cork area.
The M20 will be the one of the first projects under the government’s €116 billion Ireland 2040 infrastructural plan. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, was present for the contract signing in Limerick City on Thursday, May 2nd. He described it as ‘the biggest single road contract for the next decade’.
Cllr. O’Shea commented: “The M20 Cork to Limerick project is a large-scale development which will cost approximately €900 million and will take a number of years to construct. The recent design contract signing is a step in the right direction and demonstrates the government’s commitment to developing a motorway between Cork and Limerick. The benefits of the M20 for both cities and the wider Munster region manifold, and positively this will include the North Cork region.
“A motorway between Cork and Limerick will enhance economic linkages, stimulate development, improve safety and reduce congestion. Towns within North Cork stand to benefit from this vital arterial route and I warmly welcome this latest step in the plan to construct the M20,” he said.