Fianna Fáil Mayor of Bandon, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, has called on both Cork County and City Councils to urgently address the problem of potholes throughout the county.

Cllr Coughlan commented: “2013 will see thousands of our diaspora return to Ireland through the ‘Gathering’ initiative. This is a great idea and I wish all community groups well with their events.

“However, I am urging the County and City Councils to address the problem of potholes and broken road surfaces in both rural and urban areas. Currently our road infrastructure is in a dire state, with Local Authorities citing budget constraints as the reason why the roads are so poorly maintained.

“The Irish have a tradition of hospitality and ensuring visitors are well looked after and comfortable, the site of huge potholes littering our roads will turn people off travelling.

“We had the situation last week where someone was able to swim in a 4.5 foot pothole in North Cork, which has gone viral online. This is very serious and highlights the continuing problems of potholes in the county.

“I am concerned that the large potholes will cause drivers to swerve to avoid them, thus creating the potential for dangerous accidents. I am calling on the government to release funds to local authorities so as to ensure safe travelling on all our roads in 2013.”