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Minister David Stanton Welcomes Increase in Cork County Council Roads Funding to €50.465M

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2019 funding represents a 14.5% increase on 2018 allocation

Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation that Cork County Council will receive a 14.5% increase in their roads budget this year. The Department of Transport has allocated €50.5 million in 2019 for local and regional road works compared to €44.1 million for 2018.

Speaking upon confirmation of the budget, Minister Stanton said: “The Government is determined to support the continued growth in the economy in the years to come by maintaining and renewing existing infrastructure. This is reflected in a 16% year on year increase in the Department of Transport’s roads budget to €483 million.

“I was very happy to learn that regional and local roads in Cork County are to receive a further funding increase this year with the roads budget rising to almost €50.5 million. This funding represents 10.5% of the total national roads budget for 2019 and will assist in the essential maintenance and improvement of the road networks in Cork East which have been impacted by recent extreme weather events and reduced funding in the aftermath of the economic downturn.

“The funding announcement also includes allocations for smaller scale local projects such as the Community Involvement Scheme, Safety Improvements, Bridge Rehabilitation and Drainage Works. Over €1.7 million has been assigned to Cork County Council for Bridge Rehabilitation Works from a total national budget of €11 million, while €2.6 million has been designated for drainage works. €859,559 is being made available under the Community Involvement Scheme from a national budget of €15 million and a further €692,000 has been ring-fenced for Safety Improvement works.

“These grants are complimentary to the €10.5 million allocated under the Local Improvement Scheme, from the Department of Rural, Community and Gaeltacht, in the last year, and are aimed at improving road safety of the local road network”, concluded Minister Stanton.

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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