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Funding on Cork Docklands Eastern Gateway Bridge deferred

The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Dara Murphy expressed his disappointment at the decision of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley T.D.  to defer funding decisions relating to the Eastern Gateway Bridge recommended by the Cork Docklands Development Forum 

“having regard to the prevailing budgetary constraints”. (3/7/09)

 

The Minister was speaking earlier this week in response to a Dáil question regarding the implementation of the report of the Cork Docklands Development Forum. 

 

The Lord Mayor stated: “This is very bad news for Cork city and county and the region. The Docklands project is at the heart of the future development of the region and the withdrawal of this funding is extremely short sighted and shows a bias against the southern capital which is unacceptable. I am calling, at a minimum, for the €2.3m needed for the design and planning of the bridge to be granted to Cork City Council to plan properly for the future.”

 

The Eastern Gateway Bridge is a critical element in the facilitation of the Docklands project in providing essential access to the area for the proposed development including construction traffic.  Along with this essential functional role, this iconic bridge would act a highly visible commitment by Government to this project which is central to the future development of the economy and physical presence of Cork city and the region as identified in the recent CASP update study.  Other studies undertaken by the Docklands Directorate have shown that there would be significant benefits to the economy of the city in procuring this bridge, not only in construction terms of the bridge and subsequent development, but also in the attraction of high-end businesses in the knowledge economy which is current government policy and which is being targeted by the Docklands development.

 

I am also calling on all Cork politicians, members of Dáil Eireann and Ministers to speak out against this very regrettable decision by Minister Gormley.”

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