Ciarán Lynch TD
Dáil Candidate for Cork South Central

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Lynch calls on Roche to provide more funding

Issued : Friday 5 January, 2007
Areas : cork

Labour's candidate for Cork South Central, Councillor Ciaran Lynch, has called on Minister Roche to stop being a Scrooge and give Cork County Council the funding it deserves as a belated Christmas present.

He made his comments after it emerged the average spend per head of population across the country is €205 yet the figure for Cork County reveals the spend for 2007 at €151.51 with overall funding at €54,809,504 for the population of 361,766 people.

"Why is County Cork one of the local authorities at the bottom of the funding table when other areas are receiving much higher funding?

"The urban growth of Cork, particularly in areas which touch on the city boundary such as Douglas and Togher have over the last number of years been phenomenal and is expected to grow even further in the coming years.

"The county council needs more funding to provide the necessary infrastructure needed to accommodate a growing population. For example on the county side of the Cork City boundary we have seen housing estate after housing estate being built without proper roads being put in place. In fact it is a quite a common sight to see brand new housing estates with nothing more than an old boreen being available to access them.

"We have all seen the impact of the lack of sufficient infrastructure with not enough school places, public transport, healthcare, policing as well as the provision of affordable and social housing.

"Even with a serious lack of funding, Cork County Council will have to raise revenue to subsidise it's budget through maybe increasing bin charges, increasing planning charges or commercial rates. The balance to cover the county council's costs has to be met and it will be hard-working families who bear the brunt of this."