Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East Kevin O’Keeffe has expressed his
disappointment with what appears to be a further delay to the Cork to Limerick
motorway.

A €15m contract has been awarded for the design stage, but it could be more
than four years before construction on the road begins.

Deputy O’Keeffe commented, “While I welcome the awarding of the design stage
contract, we are very much still at a starting point in this project.  In fact, the 2027 deadline may not even be
met.  This is deeply frustrating for the
thousands of people who travel this road, day in, day out.

“This motorway was first proposed over 20 years ago and it looks like it could
be another 10 before it is completed. 
The last Fine Gael government allowed the original planning design after
it shelved the project and now here we are back at square one.

“This is a vital project for people living in North and East Cork – and would
be a key component in reducing road deaths. 
It would also vastly improve journey times for commuters and bring to
fruition the Atlantic Economic Corridor concept.

“Every effort must now be made to ensure that this project is completed within
the 2027 timeframe.  People in Cork have
already waited far to long for this essential upgrade and I am urging the
Transport Minister to ensure that any potential delays are mitigated”,
concluded Deputy O’Keeffe.