Fund­ing sought for flood re­lief plans at Ard­c­a­han Bridge

The Corkman - - NEWS - TIM RYAN, COR­RE­SPON­DENT OIREACH­TAS Deputy Ain­drias Moyni­han (FF))

A call for fund­ing to be made avail­able to ad­vance flood re­lief plans on the R587 Macroom to Dun­man­way road at Ard­c­a­han Bridge was made in the Dáil by Fianna Fáil Deputy Ain­drias Moyni­han.

“The R587 is a key ac­cess route for West Cork along which traf­fic passes through Crook­stown and Coppeen,” he said.

“There is great con­cern the route at Ard­c­a­han Bridge which of­ten floods with the re­sult that the road is closed. Ac­tion must be taken to im­prove mat­ters and to pre­vent flood­ing from block­ing the road. It is not a mat­ter of a quick fix. This is a spe­cial area of con­ser­va­tion with wildlife to take into ac­count and there are costs as­so­ci­ated with the stud­ies re­quired in that re­gard.”

In re­sponse, Min­is­ter of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said flood­ing caused by the pond­ing of rain­wa­ter or a lack of ca­pac­ity in sur­face water drainage sys­tems are the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the lo­cal authority.

“The lo­cal authority is also re­spon­si­ble for fund­ing and car­ry­ing out the main­te­nance, up­keep and im­prove­ment of its roads net­work in­fras­truc­ture,” said Min­is­ter Moran

“It is open to Cork County Coun­cil to bring for­ward a pro­posal un­der the mi­nor works scheme for vi­able mea­sures at this lo­ca­tion pro­vided the scheme cri­te­ria are met. How­ever, no ap­pli­ca­tion has been submitted un­der the mi­nor flood mit­i­ga­tion works and coastal pro­tec­tion scheme for this lo­ca­tion”, he added. Jus­tice Char­lie Flana­gan said that fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment, one of the Taoiseach’s first acts was to ap­point for the first time a specif­i­cally des­ig­nated Min­is­ter for Ru­ral Af­fairs with an ap­pro­pri­ate bud­get.

“I ac­knowl­edge the re­cent an­nounce­ment by the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Deputy Ring, of un­prece­dented fund­ing un­der the town and vil­lage re­newal scheme,” he said.

Min­is­ter Flana­gan said he did not have the de­tails of the vil­lage of Rostel­lan be­fore him but he would be happy to re­quest that an ap­pro­pri­ate note be sent to the Deputy at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

“I as­sure the burghers of Rostel­lan that ev­ery ef­fort will be made to deal with the is­sue raised,” he added. gen­der pay gap has shown no longer-term ten­dency to de­cline and, there­fore, must be the fo­cus of spe­cific ac­tion.

Deputy Stan­ton said the prin­ci­ple of equal pay for women and men and for equal work or work of equal value has been part of Ir­ish law for al­most 45 years and was part of ev­ery­one’s con­tract of em­ploy­ment.

“The gen­der pay gap is some­what dif­fer­ent in that it is the dif­fer­ence be­tween the av­er­age gross hourly pay of fe­male and male em­ploy­ees.

Not re­spect­ing the prin­ci­ple of equal pay is likely to be a con­trib­u­tory fac­tor to the gen­der pay gap, but there are a num­ber of other causes as well,” he said.

Min­is­ter Stan­ton said that among the fac­tors which in­ter­act in cre­at­ing the pay gap, a num­ber have an ob­vi­ous gen­der di­men­sion.

“I re­fer to tra­di­tional role mod­els, gen­der seg­re­ga­tion in ed­u­ca­tion and in the labour mar­ket, the chal­lenges of bal­anc­ing work and fam­ily life, the dif­fer­ence in par­tic­i­pa­tion of men and women in fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the avail­abil­ity of qual­ity, af­ford­able child­care fa­cil­i­ties and out-of-school hours care and pro­cesses within or­gan­i­sa­tions where im­bal­ance needs to be ad­dressed.”

Deputy Pat Buck­ley (SF_

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