The NRA are objecting saying it would increase traffic on the Dunkettle roundabout and that O'Flynn's should wait until they upgrade the roundabout which could take years.
I think he makes some very interesting points but I'd be interested to hear what the NRA have to say. Almost all of his speech is quoted in the Echo.
No thinking person disputes and national policy recognises that in Ireland, development is overly concentrated in Greater Dublin. While national policy recognises the importance of Cork as the second city of Ireland and the need to support its development to ensure that it can counterbalance Dublin, the practical steps to support that policy are, unfortunately, often not given the priority they merit.
There has been a continuing failure on behalf of certain Government agencies to invest in Cork and in particular in ensuring that our infrastructure is adequate to support the economic development of the region. The discussion at this hearing has been about the Dunkettle interchange but we also have the Bandon and Sarsfield Road roundabouts requiring urgent upgrade, not to mention the N28 upgrade to Ringaskiddy where our port and the most successful industry by far in Ireland, the pharmaceutical industry, are located.
In the meantime, the M50 has been upgraded to three lanes in both directions with free flow interchanges. Also, two of the largest projects ever to be undertaken in Ireland, Metro North and the DART Underground look likely to be given the go ahead in Dublin at a cost of billions.
And now, not only is the NRA not investing in Cork but it is objecting to and frustrating the ongoing development of Cork and the implementation of the CASP strategy - our development and the Dunkettle Park and Ride being the most recent examples.