Tuesday, 19th January 2016
Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the funding announced today for Marina Park is another significant commitment to Cork that will improve the city, making it an even better place to live and work.
Deputy Buttimer was commenting following the announcement of €3.5 million for the development of the Marina Park area and improvement of Monahan Road under the EU Urban Development Fund Designated Centres Grant Scheme.
“The development of Marina Park is a major project for Cork City that will provide a much needed public park in the south east of the City. I am delighted that Fine Gael in Government have decided to prioritise this project and provide the maximum available funding of €3.5 million to develop the park.
“Cork Harbour and the River Lee are great amenities right on our door step, helping to fund the development of the Marina Park will allow more people to enjoy the benefits of our natural environment. When this project is completed, local residents in Blackrock, Ballinlough, Ballintemple and Mahon will have a great facility on their doorsteps.
“This is a further investment in the brownfield sites that are the southern Docklands of Cork. Already we have committed €30 million to the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Now this extra funding will help develop the area around the stadium, and Monahan Road leading to it, into an attractive space for those living and working in the area.
“I want to commend Cork City Council for progressing these plans and securing the funding from Government.
“It is also great to see today that funding of €1.5 million has been awarded for a dedicated cycle and pedestrian bridge across the North Channel of the river Lee linking Merchants Quay to Harley Street.
“As our economy recovers we are able to invest in Cork, so that we can make our city and county an even better place to live and work. We need to keep the recovery going, so that we can continue investing in Cork and we need public representatives who will continue to stand strong for Cork.”