Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Culture, Tourism & Sport, Sandra McLellan TD, has today called on Minster for Transport to invest in essential infrastructure in Cobh Co. Cork.
Speaking in the Dáil, the Cork East TD said:
“Reduced funding by this government under the Strategic Regional & Local Roads Programme has meant no funding has been released for the upgrading of Fota Road and Slatty Bridge into Cobh.
“This upgrading is an essential piece of infrastructure, not only is it a life line for residents but it is also essential for business. The upgrading at an estimated cost of €60m would provide a jobs boost to our local economy and provide an essential piece of infrastructure for future investment.
“Earlier this year there was flooding in the Cobh area. Cobh itself was cut off. The main road was impassable and the ferry was unable to dock. Emergency services were not able to access the residents of Cobh. That poses a serious threat to health and safety for the people of Cobh but it also sends out the totally wrong message to any potential investors. If you invest in Cobh there is no guarantee that you can move your goods or products in or out of Cobh. Your success is weather dependent. Your best ally is not the government but the weather man!
“This government applauds itself as pro-business, pro enterprise. But obviously that doesn’t count if you are living or working in Cobh.
“I am urging the Minister to review his decision not to allocate this funding. The government must see this not as expenditure but as regional investment.”