2 August 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
The Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Des Cahill, today highlighted the need to restore adequate maintenance budgets for the City’s roads network.
In recent weeks the Lord Mayor has been in contact with a number of government Departments – Transport, Finance and Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government – as well as with the Taoiseach’s Office, and has highlighted the need for increased resources for roads and for transportation.
“Cork is taking off, and the investment and growth that we are witnessing requires us to focus our attention on the infrastructure that is needed to sustain increased levels of economic and population growth,” said the Lord Mayor. “Our roads network and our transportation systems are critical in order for the region to maintain this impressive momentum”.
The Lord Mayor also highlighted the need for the City Council to take this priority on board when framing it’s Budget for 2017. “Within the limited means available to us, we need to step up to the plate in identifying and addressing the needs of the City. If the Council’s discretion to generate income under the Local Property Tax was used to kick-start renewed investment in our roads network, my belief is that this would help in trying to secure Government funding. My intention would be to use this local commitment as a lever in my discussions with the Government Ministers.”