Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of James O'ConnorJames O'Connor (Cork East, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank Mr. Walsh and his colleagues in TII for coming before the committee, and also Ms Graham and her colleagues from the NTA for being with us.

I have had a lot of well-documented involvement with the national development plan process in recent weeks, as I have had some concerns in that regard. First and foremost, I wish to raise the N73 road in north Cork. It is a very significant economic artery into the north Cork region. It connects the towns of Mallow and Mitchelstown. Due to the current state of the road infrastructure, it has been prone to a number of very serious and unfortunate accidents in recent times. In the 2021 annual budget for Cork county, Mr. Walsh allocated €85.7 million for road improvement works. Is that correct? It is what I read verbatim from the allocations to TII, so it must be correct. Was the annual funding allocated in full to Cork county?


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