Buttimer Welcomes Green Light for Landmark Capitol Project

July 29th, 2015


150729 Capitol Redevelopment Picture of Grand ParadeCork South Central TD Jerry Buttimer (FG) has welcomed the rubber stamp given to the planning application for the €50 million redevelopment of the old Capitol cinema site in the heart of Cork City.

Cork City Council approved the ambitious plans for The Capitol site on Grand Parade which is a major boost for Cork and brings the development, which has the potential to deliver 450 new jobs for Cork, one significant step closer to fruition.

The John Cleary Developments project will transform the renowned Capitol cinema site into a five-storey retail, office and food innovation centre that will completely regenerate the derelict site and serve to further enhance the city centre shopping district restoring it to its former glory.

Welcoming the news, Jerry Buttimer TD for Cork South Central said:

“The Capitol is a pivotal and iconic site in Cork city which has sadly laid dormant for many years. The development has the potential to provide a sizeable boost to job creation with the expected employment of 300 people in construction with jobs for 450 people upon completion.

“Importantly it will also transform Cork’s shopping district and create a space that will deliver a sustainable and exciting innovation and artisan food centre for the region that will promote all that Cork is and has to offer.

“As with most planning projects there will be issues that will need to be ironed out but it is vital that the redevelopment of this key site progresses. It will be the cherry that tops off the 2009 – 2015 development plan that has seen Cork rejuvenated and infinitely enhanced the city for its people and tourists.”

The application consists of over 48,500 square feet of retail space over three floors and 37,00 sq ft of office space on the top levels. As part of the plans the conservation listed Oyster Tavern will also be restored which is another pivotal element of the exciting project.


Posted under Cork City, Development

New destination from Cork Airport to have economic dividend for Cork – Buttimer

Monday, 6th July 2015

  • Aer Lingus announces new route from Cork to Dusseldorf

150706 Cork Dusseldorf Anouncement - BannerThese new flights serving Dusseldorf offer a new destination from Cork Airport and will have an economic dividend for Cork City and County. This decision by Aer Lingus again underlines the obvious potential that exists for developing business at Cork Airport. The fact that it follows hot on the heels of a new route directly to London City Airport shows that airlines have confidence in both Cork Airport and our region.

The addition of an Aer Lingus flight to Dusseldorf further increases the choice of destinations on offer for passengers using Cork Airport. Already Cork Airport is the second busiest in the country offering more destinations than any airport outside of Dublin. Now that Cork Airport has a new route it reaffirms its status and demonstrates the progress that is being made in expanding the options available for both business and leisure travel.

Aer Lingus has clearly realised the potential that Cork Airport offers, recognising that it serves a region with a large population and is on the doorstep of an expanding business sector. This shows confidence by the airline in Cork Airport and in our County. Now we must ensure that this new route is marketed and promoted to ensure that it delivers for both the airline and our region.

Expanding the choice of destinations from Cork Airport is an important part of growing business and increasing passenger numbers. One aspect that needs to be addressed is the number of inbound passengers using the airport. We need to entice business people and tourists from the destinations served by Cork Airport to come to our city and county. This can only happen with a unified marketing strategy that sells Cork abroad. Fáilte Ireland and the two councils have a responsibility to fast-track their plans for developing a new marketing strategy for Cork and to ensure it is implemented as soon as possible.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Economic, Tourism, Transport

Flights to London City a boost for business and tourism in Cork – Buttimer

Wednesday, 1st July 2015

  • CityJet announces 18 weekly flights between Cork Airport and London City Airport

CorkAirport2New CityJet flights connecting Cork directly with London City Airport is a boost for both business and tourism in Cork. Each week there will be an extra 18 flights that provide increased connectivity with an important economic centre. It is another new route for Cork Airport that again increases flight options for Cork for those using the airport.

London is a critical hub for Cork airport and increased capacity on the route will benefit everyone who uses the route. Recently we have received guarantees on connections to Heathrow, now we have new direct links to another London airport, both of which are important developments for Cork Airport and the region.

Now that this new flight is secured we must ensure that the new route is marketed and that Cork is promoted as a destination. We need to increase the number of inbound passengers using Cork Airport. This places an onus on tourism partners in Cork to develop a unified marketing strategy to promote the county internationally. We have a great product and this new flight linking Cork Airport and London City Airport shows the potential that the region has. To realise this potential we need Failte Ireland and the two Councils to fast-track their plans for developing a new marketing strategy for Cork.”


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism, Transport

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