Mayor Hurley meets Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD regarding Cork Roads

l-r Mr Tom Stricth, Director of Service Roads; Cllr John Paul O'Shea; Cllr Kevin Murphy; Minister Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport; Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork; Cllr Frank O'Flynn; Cllr Paul Hayes

THE Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley led a cross party delegation from Cork County Council that met today with Minister Shane Ross to discuss much needed investment in Cork Roads.

Top of the agenda was he requirement of transport infrastructure investment for Cork in order to fully realise the potential set in Cork 2050, a joint strategy with Cork City Council which predicts that, with the right infrastructure in place, Cork is capable of creating up to 120,000 new jobs by the year 2050.

Funding requirements for regional and local roads was also discussed. Cork County Council oversees the maintenance of the country’s largest road network, over 12,500 kilometres and has seen funding from the Department fall dramatically in recent years, from €65 million in 2008 to €29.5 million in 2016.

Mayor Hurley spoke of the benefits of the meeting with Minister Ross, “I am very pleased that we have had the opportunity to speak with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and discuss the importance of adequate investment in Cork roads in order to sustain and encourage growth within the region.”

Tom Stritch, Cork County Council Director of Services for Roads also noted the merits of the meeting, “A very strong case has been made to Minister Ross outlining both the requirements, and benefits, of additional funding which would allow Cork County Council to fully deliver on our roads services.”