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Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade could be delayed by 18 months – Jonathan O’Brien TD

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Sinn Féin spokesperson for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has discovered through a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) that the scheduled Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade could be delayed by 18 months, after adopting the same process as the National Children’s Hospital.

Speaking today, the Cork North-Central TD said:

“Yesterday I received a response to an FOI request after reports that the Dunkettle Interchange Upgrade faces the possibility of delays or cancellation.

“The Dunkettle Interchange is the gateway into and out of Cork City, connecting it to the region and other towns. With over 100,000 people using it every day it is congested, not fit for purpose and requires this upgrade to ensure Cork is positioned to prosper in the future.

“Information I received today from the Department and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has revealed that the upgrade could be delayed for another 1 or 2 years.

“It looks like the Government has used the same flawed approach as that used for the National Children’s Hospital. And now Cork is at risk of suffering from a repeat of the same mistake. That isn’t good enough.

“Minister Ross should come clean with the projected cost of the Dunkettle Upgrade so the public and opposition can give their view on what Cork needs and how it should be got.”

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