Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled – Buttimer

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

  • Confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, that Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled.

The Minister for Transport has informed me that there will be no toll on the Jack Lynch Tunnel.  This is consistent with the policy decision taken by the previous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that there would be no further tolling points introduced during the term of this Government.

When this Government came to office it made a serious commitment to the road network and transport infrastructure around Cork.  At a time when there was limited funding available for road projects this Government decided to go ahead with the Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers.   This has improved the road network around the city and was done without the need for additional tolls.  There has been no policy change since then and no toll is planned for the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Speculation and scaremongering by Fianna Fáil Councillors on Cork City Council about tolling is completely without foundation.  The only basis for their claim is attention seeking, it has no basis in fact.  Government policy has been made clear by Ministers and it has not changed, under this Government there will be no tolling of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.


Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Infastructure, Transport

105 new jobs for Cork shows recovery is strengthening

Monday, 3rd November 2014

  • Decision by OpenText to create 105 new high-skilled roles in Cork is further evidence that economic recovery is strengthening.
  • OpenText’s new operation will provide customer support for its information management services.

Today’s announcement that OpenText, a global leader in its sector, is creating 105 extra jobs in Cork is a great vote of confidence in the city and county as a world-class placed to do business. This Government’s relentless focus on job creation is paying off, with 70,000 new jobs created since we launched our Action Plan for Jobs in 2012.

I wish OpenText every success in Cork. I have no doubt they will be highly impressed with the calibre of candidates for these roles. It is great to see that Cork has developed into a location that attracts leading technology companies.  It now has a critical mass of tech companies which has in turn ensured that a strong talent pool of highly skilled employees is available for these employers.

These are high-quality jobs. OpenText plans to recruit Technical Analysts with supporting language skills and senior management roles. Recruitment is underway immediately and job listings can be found on OpenText’s career page: http://opentextats.avature.net/careers/SearchJobs

OpenText is partnering with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA, on this customer support centre and both are to be commended on their success in continuing to attract investment to Ireland.

This announcement continues a trend that has seen employment increase and the unemployment rate continue to fall.  Over the last 12 months employment has increased by 31,600.  The unemployment rate has decreased to 11.1% from a peak of 15.1%.  These are much needed improvements and today’s announcement of a further 105 jobs will again help to reduce the number of people who find themselves searching for work.

About OpenText

OpenText is the leader in Enterprise Information Management, helping customers to create a Digital-First World by simplifying, transforming, and accelerating their information needs. Over 100,000 customers already use OpenText solutions, either on premises or in our cloud.  For more information about OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX; TSX: OTC), please visit: www.opentext.com.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation

Opening of The Kingsley Hotel shows strength of Cork economy – Buttimer

Thursday, 11th September 2014

  • The opening of The Kingsley Hotel enhances the options available for visitors to Cork.
  • 130 jobs created at the hotel are a great boost for the local economy.

It is great to see The Kingsley Hotel once again open for business.   The hotel will add to the high quality hotels available across Cork and will further enhance the options available for all of those visiting our city.

Since the hotel was forced to close in 2009 it has continued to be a stark reminder of the devastating impacts the floods had.  But now that the hotel is open again, it is a signal of the increased strength of the Cork economy and of the tourism potential of the region.

As well as offering an excellent service for business and leisure customers the hotel is providing much needed employment.  The 130 jobs created by the hotel will be great boost to the local economy and all of those who have secured work at the hotel.  I wish all of the management and staff every success in re-establishing the hotel as a premier destination in Cork.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Tourism