66% of roads damaged in storms have been repaired

About two thirds of winter storm-damaged roads in east Cork have been restored, especially national primary and secondary routes, but local routes remained untreated due to a shortage of funding.

Senior council executive road engineer Dave Clarke told an East Cork Municipal District meeting repairs had been completed on 31 of 47 roads, some of which had been significantly damaged and closed after storms.

Repairs ranged from the L3804-44 at Glenaphuca near Dungourney which would cost €3,000, to the L3809-24 Mogeely-Killeagh road, requiring €237,000. He said €2m was required to repair the damage but the county council provided €1.57m from an €11.5m allocation.

The district, he said, received no funding for further damage inflicted by two subsequent storms in February and April.

The engineer said just three projects from the 16 earmarked for regular road repairs had been completed but was confident the restoration programme would be completed by year end.

Independent councillor Mary Linehan-Foley highlighted the widespread frustration at minor roads “falling asunder”, while Fianna Fáil councillor Aaron O’Sullivan said it was “chronic”.

Mr Clarke said main roads were prioritised due to a scarcity of money and staff.

The council’s municipal district officer, Joe McCarthy, said that the root of the problem lay in Government failure to provide adequate funds.


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