€36 million to improve Cork roads

Cork Local and Regional Roads Funding - 2015Tuesday, 3rd February 2015

  • €36 million in funding will help to improve quality and safety of Cork Roads. 

This allocation of €36 million will allow restoration and improvement works to be carried on Cork roads.  The funding will ensure that essential upkeep and maintenance works on our road network will be carried out, benefitting drivers across Cork City and County.

Locally there are some very crucial projects included in this funding.  The Minister has confirmed that more than €1.6 million will be made available for work on the Carrigaline Western Relief Road.  Residents of Rochestown, Mount Oval, Garryduff and Broadale will benefit from almost €85,000 that has been allocated for works on the Clarke’s Hill – Moneygourney road.

On the western side of Cork City €50,000 has been set aside for road works at Cork Technology Park, Bishopstown.  Each of these projects will improve the quality of our roads, which will benefit all those who drive on our local roads.

The money that has been announced by the Minister is in addition to the money collected locally through the local property tax.  This revenue stream will allow Councils to use the money contributed by those living locally for road projects that will be of direct benefit to their communities.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Transport

Boundary review an opportunity for economic development – Buttimer

Thursday, 15th January 2015

The review of the Cork City boundary and other local government arrangements is an opportunity to provide a platform for further economic development.

This review is an opportunity to ensure that local government structures are changed so that they best serve the people of Cork and the businesses that generate employment in the region.  The city boundary has remained unchanged for over 50 years and in that time the city has expanded beyond the restrictive boundary.   Everyday life and business activities have moved beyond an outdated boundary and this is a welcome opportunity for much needed and long awaited review.

In 2012 the Government set out its local government reform package, ‘Putting People First’.  This review is the next step in those reform proposals.  We now have an opportunity to put in place structures that recognise modern commuting patterns and changes to urban and suburban centres that have taken place across the city and county.

Cork city and county are key centres for economic development and employment creation; now we have an opportunity to put in place structures that will ensure this continues for decades to come. The outcome of this review must deliver reformed structures that will ensure an effective counter-weight to Dublin which will benefit the entire region.  If we can deliver a city of European scale with critical mass we will best serve the future needs of the people of Cork and provide a platform for further economic development.

For further details on the review group see here: http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/LocalGovernmentReform/News/MainBody,40018,en.htm

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, National Work

Carrigaline to benefit from school building projects in 2015 – Buttimer

Thursday, 18th December 2014

Government has provided funding for five of new school projects in Carrigaline and the southern suburbs of Cork City next year.

These projects will include a new primary school at Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin and a new special school for Sonas, Carrigaline.  Funding has also been put in place for new post primary schools; South Suburbs Post-Primary School, Carrigaline Post Primary and at Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin.

As well as the new builds work is on-going at Douglas Boys National School.  During 2014 extensions were completed at Carrigaline Community School and Scoil Nioclais, Grange.  All of these projects will significantly improve the current inadequate facilities in these schools. We need to provide new schools and extensions to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population.

Nationally, €450 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €280 million.

These school projects will deliver over 27,800 permanent school places and of these over 23,700 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Posted under Carrigaline, Douglas, Education