Carrigaline to benefit from school building projects in 2015 – Buttimer

Thursday, 18th December 2014

Government has provided funding for five of new school projects in Carrigaline and the southern suburbs of Cork City next year.

These projects will include a new primary school at Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin and a new special school for Sonas, Carrigaline.  Funding has also been put in place for new post primary schools; South Suburbs Post-Primary School, Carrigaline Post Primary and at Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin.

As well as the new builds work is on-going at Douglas Boys National School.  During 2014 extensions were completed at Carrigaline Community School and Scoil Nioclais, Grange.  All of these projects will significantly improve the current inadequate facilities in these schools. We need to provide new schools and extensions to continue to meet the accommodation requirements of our growing school going population.

Nationally, €450 million will be spent on primary and post-primary infrastructure next year, with a projected expenditure on large scale projects of over €280 million.

These school projects will deliver over 27,800 permanent school places and of these over 23,700 are additional places. The remainder will be the replacement of temporary or unsatisfactory accommodation.

Posted under Carrigaline, Douglas, Education

Cork would be an ideal venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup – Buttimer

Friday, 5th December 2014

  • Ireland launches bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
  • Bid being led by Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Cork is one of Ireland’s great sporting cities and would make an ideal venue for the Rugby World Cup.

Cork’s sporting and rugby pedigree is beyond question. And with the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Irish Independent Park (Musgrave Park), we would have ideal venues for Rugby World Cup games.

Cork frequently hosts high level sporting fixtures and cultural events and has a variety of excellent hotels. The southern capital would serve as a perfect launch pad to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

Irish people are renowned for making visitors feel at home and I have no doubt that the people of Cork would provide a great welcome to Rugby World Cup visitors to the city.

Rugby fans from the six nations and the southern hemisphere love coming to Ireland. An Irish world cup would prove an extremely popular choice with rugby fans.

Hosting the Rugby World Cup would involve a significant investment for Ireland but it would be more than recouped through visitor numbers and the benefits of the global exposure of Ireland as a tourism and business destination.

I think the Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup is one that demands to be taken seriously. We have the facilities. The Governments north and south of the border are fully behind the bid and the GAA is on board.

The bid is being launched as Ireland sits at number three in the world rugby rankings. It would be great to see Ireland compete for the world cup on home soil.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, National Work, Sport, Tourism, Transport

Number on the Live Register in Cork down 24% since launch of Action Plan for Jobs – Buttimer

4 December 2014

  • 24% drop in the Live Register figure in Cork since the launch of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs
  • Latest CSO figures show unemployment in Cork at lowest in almost 6 years

Since the Government launched its Action Plan for Jobs in 2013 there has been a 24% decrease in the number of people unemployed in Cork.  In February 2012, across Cork County there was almost 44,000 people out of work, today there are 33,344.  While this is still too many people out of work it is a sign that we moving in the right direction.

When you look at a breakdown of the figures you see that there has been a fall of 25% in Cork City and in Carrigaline.  For all of Cork County and for Cork City the number of people unemployed is now at its lowest since January 2009, that is its lowest in almost 6 years.

The trend in Cork of fewer people being unemployed reflects what is happing nationally.  Latest CSO Live Register figures show that the overall unemployment rate has dropped to 10.7% from a high of 15.1% in 2012.  This shows that the Action Plan for Jobs is working; it is achieving real results and helping to create more jobs.

Thanks to the sacrifices people have made our economy has stabilised and now we are seeing a continuing trend of job creation and lower rates of unemployment.  These latest figures give us confidence that if we stick with the plan, we can ensure that people’s sacrifices are not wasted, and that we can deliver a consistent and sustainable jobs recovery in Cork and right across the country.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work