Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire in Brussels to seek support for N28
Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire travels to Brussels today to meet with high level European officials, to seek support for transport funding for the upgrade of the Cork to Ringaskiddy Road.
This comes following the announcement last weekend that the Port of Cork had obtained planning permission for the redevelopment of the Port of Cork facility at Ringaskiddy.
Speaking today, the Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Cork South Central said it was crucially important, following on from this planning permission that the n28 was delivered as soon as possible. He and officials from the Port of Cork and other transport authorities will be hosted by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson.
“I am hopeful that today's meetings will be fruitful. The Port of Cork can now apply for funding under the TEN-T Network funding programme, which is related to key transport infrastructure throughout Europe, of which the Port of Cork is part. This is a fund of €26b across Europe, but National Governments must be willing to provide matched funding.”
“We will be meeting with, among others, the European Investment Bank, and DG Move, the European Transport Department.”
“This road has potentially enormous economic & employment benefits. According to the 2014 Report carried out by Indecon for the Cork Chamber, the road will be worth some €183.9m to €231.9m to the local economy over the next 30 years, perhaps more, and would create some 852 jobs during the construction phase.”
“What's more is that projects like this are crucial to reorientating the economy away from being dominated by Dublin, and creating a more balanced recovery in terms of the south of the Country.”
“On the other hand, if this is not delivered upon, then Cork will potentially lose out significantly to other competitors. Indecon estimate that the potential future loss in trade through Port of Cork if the road is not delivered would be €22.768m through to 2033.”
“So it is very clear that this Road Upgrade Scheme is central to Cork's economic future, particularly in terms of exports, in terms of attracting investment and employment, and maintaining our key employers.”
“It won't be possible for the new Port Facilities to reach it's full potential without the N28. Indeed Phase 3, the most significant part of the application, will not be brought in to commission without the N28.
“Indeed, that is proper, given the enormous disruption it would cause to the local community otherwise - 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, and their safety and quality of life needs to be a key consideration.”
“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."
“The N28 is a role of huge importance, both from a local and a national perspective. The onus is now on the Government and the NRA to deliver upon this.”