THE OPERATORS of the toll on the M8 Fermoy By-Pass are to be called upon to help alleviate any traffic problems that may arise from forthcoming flood plan works in the town.
Cllr Noel McCarthy (Lab) suggested writing to Direct Route at this week's meeting of the Council's Fermoy Area Committee, where members were given a presentation on the current status of the works.
Ger Barry of the OPW told councillors that the multi-million euro project is on schedule and, as the project was put to tender under a fixed contract, it will not run over budget.
While the contractors are doing their best to minimise the impact the works will have on traffic through the town, works on the bridge will affect traffic. These works, he explained, will take place between June and August when schools are off.
Cllr Pa O'Driscoll (FG), however, said that State exams take place over June and asked that the contractors bear this in mind.
Meanwhile, the public toilets on Ashe Quay, which were demolished this week as part of the works, will be rebuilt and housed in a structure which will also hold a pumping station, Mr Barry said.
Cllr Noel McCarthy asked if the toilets had to go to the same location, or could a potential new location be selected following consultation with the public.
Cllr Kevin O'Keeffe (FF) warned against this, however. "We got rid of the toilets in the square in Mitchelstown, and we had an awful long fight to get them back," he said.
"Fermoy is a tourist town, no business will allow a bus of 50 to 70 tourists traipse through their premises just to use their toilet," his party colleague Frank O'Flynn said.