Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has urged the NRA and the Government to deliver the n28 as soon as possible, in light of the decision by an Bord Pleanála to grant planning permission to the expansion of the Port of Cork.
Speaking today, the Sinn Féin General Election Candidate for Cork South Central stated that without the N28 upgrade, the expansion of the Port Facilities would be hampered if the road upgrade is delayed in any manner.
"I note the decision of an Bord Pleanála to grant the application for a redeveloped port of Cork facilities in Ringaskiddy. There are issues of Local Concern, in relation to Noise, Dust, and nuisance, and it is essential that these are addresses now by the Port of Cork, particularly given some of the commentary from the planning inspector in the his report on the application."
"Nonetheless, the development of the Port of Cork is crucial to the economy here in Cork, in terms of the Marine Economy, in terms of regeneration of the City, in terms of employment, and in terms of linkages with Europe."
"However, it will not be possible for the new Port Facilities, for which planning permission was granted today, to reach it's full potential without the N28. Indeed the Port of Cork's own Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application recognised that the RoRo (Roll on Roll off) element of Phase 3 cannot happen without the N28, and that is logical given the impact it would have on the local community."
"Therefore, if we are to truly see the benefit to the economy locally, and nationally, of this infrastructure, then the Government and the NRA need to deliver this road."
"I have tabled a motion to the next Council meeting calling on them to do so. I will also be travelling to Brussels on Tuesday to meet with representatives of the European Investment Bank, and DG Move (European Department on Transport and Mobility). The n28 is eligible for funding under the TEN T programme of transport infrastructure, and I will be lobbying for this funding, to ensure this road is delivered."
"The people of the locality, in Shanbally and Ringaskiddy have already been waiting far too long for this upgrade, with substantial Freight and traffic driving through their villages. That needs to be brought to a halt with this upgrade, and at the same time, allowing us the opportunity to deliver on the full potential of the Port of Cork for the local economy, and for the community as a whole."