Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport Jonathan O’Brien TD, has responded to reports that the upgrade at the Dunkettle Interchange could be delayed with huge escalations in cost.
Speaking today, the Cork North-Central TD said:
“The Dunkettle Interchange is one of the biggest congestion spots in Cork with over 100,000 people using it every day.
“News that the costs of this project could spiral by €70m with delays of 1 to 2 years is unacceptable to taxpayers and a terrible development for Cork.
“This has become a trend, following the Children’s Hospital and National Broadband Plan. If it continues, €11bn will be cut from infrastructure investment in the next 8 years.
“The head of the contractor for the project was right to point out that the upgrade’s future is in the hands of the Government. The Minister must make clear when the upgrade will be finished and at what cost.
“Cork and taxpayers cannot afford further ineptitude in managing infrastructure projects.”