Councillor Blames TD’s For Erosion of Funding

By Seamus Whelehan

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An East Cork Cllr has accused the TD’s of the area of “sitting on their laurels” when it comes to securing adequate funding for road safety and traffic control measures.

Independent Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has claimed that the Dáil Deputies remained silent when it came to funding for road safety improvements for the health and safety of their constituents.

The East Cork Municipality Chairwoman told the September sitting of the Borough that the Government needs to take a fresh approach to how it protects its citizens.

The Youghal based Cllr made the call as she sought improvements to the end of Cork Hill, Golf links Road, Coláiste Eoin Cross and Summerfield Cross, Youghal.

The move comes after Dave Clarke, one of the County’s Senior Roads Engineers, told the public representative that finances are tight at Cork County Council, and not all roads issues can be immediately dealt with.

Mr Clarke agreed said “Summerfield Cross in its entirety needs to be reduced, and at Colaiste Eoin the junction is far too wide. It’s a complete mismatch with current design thinking.”

“The Department provide funding for resealing and resurfacing roads but the funding for road safety improvement measures or traffic control is very limited” the Senior Engineer said.

He said, however, that he would welcome any push for funding that would help to ramp up road safety measures at the busy junctions in Youghal.

In a strong message to the Dáil Deputies, a frustrated Cllr Linehan Foley said she fears a significant number of children are being put at risk, as they virtually walk head on with rush hour traffic.

The Youghal based Cllr said issues that are being brought up at Municipality level “are not for cosmetic reasons.”

“We are mentioning these for the health and safety of constituents at the end of the day.”

Firmly throwing the ball into the hands of the area TDs, Ms Linehan Foley said they have no choice but to come up with a formula to find the funding for the upgraded works.

She said “now is the time for anyone, sitting on their laurels thinking it’s a gravy train, to be contacted and told we need more funding for the health and safety of the areas in question.”

Cork East has four sitting TD’s-Labour’s Sean Sherlock, Fianna Fail’s Kevin O’Keeffe, Fine Gael’s David Stanton, Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration and Sinn Fein’s Deputy Pat Buckley.

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