Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae was part of a delegation that met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) last June to discuss the need for a bypass.
It follows the revelation at a meeting between Cork County Council and TII that the bypass would not be built until 2022 at the earliest.
However, Deputy Healy-Rae, who raised the issue under Leader’s Questions in the Dáil on Thursday, says one of the officials at that meeting last year said works could be up to 10 years from starting.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael’s Brendan Griffin says he’s trying to secure a commitment on a timeframe with Transport Minister Shane Ross.
He says the date of 2022 reported in the media differs from the earlier date of post 2018/2019 suggested to him at a Transport Committee meeting in June.