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Cork East TD, David Stanton has, today, written to Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donoghue TD and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD asking all of them to ensure that funding will be made available to facilitate a relief road around Castlemartyr in East Cork.

“A number of years ago I asked Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to carry out a feasibility study on a possible relief road for Castlemartyr.  I understand that some work was carried out on this proposal in conjunction with Cork County Council.  However, I also understand that funding available to TII at this level may not be sufficient and therefore have asked Government Ministers, when they are reviewing and revising the National Development Plan to put in place funding to allow for the construction of the badly needed relief road in Castlemartyr”.

Over the past number of months, as the economy has opened up, we are seeing long tailbacks and congestion at peak times leading into Castlemartyr both from the east and the west.  This is causing major delays to road users and is also leading to extra pollution as buses, trucks and cars very often spend long periods of time idling or stationary or barely moving due to the congestion.

“I am aware that even if the go-ahead was given very soon for such a relief road it could take several years before it could be constructed.  Therefore, it is even more important that this matter be progressed as soon as possible.

“I intend to raise the matter in the Dail when the House resumes in September” concluded Deputy Stanton.