13 May 2014
- Government commitment to provide €30 million for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a significant economic boost for Cork.
- Funding to assist with redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, development of a centre of excellence and establishment of a local Marina Park.
The announcement of €30 million for the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be a great boost to the Cork economy. When this project gets underway it will generate much needed employment and the end result will be a facility that will benefit Cork for generations to come.
For many years we have heard about the possibility of redeveloping Páirc Uí Chaoimh, recently Cork City Council granted planning permission, and now the development has been given the financial support it requires to proceed. I am delighted that this significant capital project has received the support that it deserves.
Cork GAA is an integral part of our community and Páirc Uí Chaoimh is the main stadium and flag ship location for all club and inter-county games. This project will ensure that we have a stadium that meets the needs of players, teams and supporters. I would like to congratulate all who have been involved in getting this project to this stage.
As well as a great sport venue this capital project will bring the development of the Marina Park a step closer. This will be an important amenity that will everyone in Cork. I welcome this Government commitment to Cork; it comes quick on the heels of a commitment of part funding an event centre for Cork. These are two significant investments in Cork and its people and will leave a lasting legacy that will create jobs and provide much needed social, cultural and sporting venues for the city and county.
When the planning process has been completed I hope that the project can commence as soon as possible. During the construction phase it is imperative that the GAA maintain dialogue with local residents to ensure that they are not unnecessarily inconvenienced.