Cllr Frank Roche with David Leahy, Donncha Farrissey, David Cussen. Pat Sheehan and Tom Toomey, prior to the commencement of the slow-drive protest departing Kildorrery last Thursday. (Picture: Marian Roche)

The omission of mention of upgrades to the N73 between Clogher Cross and Waterdyke in the National Development Plan (NDP) has been met with disappointment by local politicians, who had been assuring their constituents that the project was on the way to be started this month.

It was announced in September that the project would not be commencing in Q4 of 2021, as had been expected, but there was some hope that the project would be mentioned in the NDP, which was published on Monday.

Cllr Frank Roche had organised a slow-drive protest from Kildorrery along the affected stretch of road last Thursday morning, and followed this with a protest at UCC and Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Monday, where the National Development Plan 2021-2030 was announced.

Councillors in rural Cork decried the government plan for its lack of commitment to the North and East of the county, in particular. Cllr William O’Leary stated that the N73 was “the biggest roads infrastructural issue in North Cork.”

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