West Cork Fine Gael Councillor Noel O’Donovan reiterated his call for an urgent response to the unprecedented damage caused to coastal communities around the West Cork area. His comments come after Cork County Council confirmed at Mondays full council meeting in County Hall that in excess of €3.5 million euro worth of damage has been caused to the Cork coastline by the recent bad weather. The damage to roads and coastal infrastructure in the Skibbereen and Bantry Electoral areas alone is expected to cost over €2 million to repair.
“For the first time we now have an initial figure quantifying the amount of damage which was caused to the West Cork coastline and I am urging the Government to outline how it plans to deal with the damage.
“It is critical at this point that a clear strategy is formulated so our communities will know when they can expect the repairs and remedial work to be carried out. People need reassurance regarding when the necessary works will be done so that their lives can be returned to normal.
“With this in mind, I believe it is critical that the Government initiate urgent discussions with our partners in Europe regarding possible funding from the European Solidarity Fund so that an application to the fund can be fast-tracked.”