Update on Fermoy Weir from Pa O’Driscoll, Cllr. Noel McCarthy and Cllr. Kay Dawson
We are delighted to have received confirmation from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government that the first phase of funding being sought for work on Fermoy Weir is being provided.
Over the last few months we have worked with our Fine Gael colleagues in government to secure matching funding for appointing consulting engineers. Cork County Council had given a commitment to provide 50% of the funds but were dependent on government providing the other 50%. We have worked hard to convince the relevant ministers that this project is worth funding. Minister Damien English was the key contact, and it was through his efforts, along with Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran and Minister Sean Canney, that the funding was secured.
The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe, also visited Fermoy and saw first-hand the condition of the weir. Through our repeated representations, the ministers became acutely aware of the need to undertake work on the weir, and thankfully have followed through with the first phase of funding.
The consulting engineers can now be appointed to draw up a design and provide a full costing. When the full costs are known we are absolutely confident that the funding will be put in place to repair and restore the weir. The weir is an integral part of the landscape of Fermoy, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that it is repaired so that the Blackwater can be used by the clubs and people of the area.