Buttimer demands explanation on unused housing funding

Thursday, 19th November 2015

  • Cork City Council has not used all of the housing funding allocated to it by Government 

I have been in contact with the Minister’s office in recent weeks regarding the allocation of funding to both Cork City Council and Cork County Council. Between 2011 and 2014, this Government allocated €30 million to the City Council but, regrettably, not all those moneys were used.

The figures in this regard are indisputable:

  • €1 million for housing adaptation grants for older people and persons with a disability was not used
  • €2 million for housing construction and acquisitions was left unused
  • €3 million for energy efficiency measures was not drawn down

There is a huge contrast between the two Cork local authorities in this regard. Over the same four-year period, the County Council drew down €6 million more than it was allocated. An additional €2.3 million was given for housing adaptations and an extra €500,000 for the purpose of putting vacant units back in use.

I have contacted the CEOs of both councils about their use of these moneys. It is important that the City CEO, in particular, should answer those questions on behalf of the tens of thousands of people who are waiting to be housed and deserve better when it comes to efforts to tackle housing shortages.

In addition, the latest figures for 2015 provided to me by the Department give cause for concern, with significant sums still remaining to be drawn down. Maybe it will be done in the next few weeks. But we need to get an explanation as to what happened in the four-year period.

The people on the housing list in Cork deserve better than to see moneys available being returned to central government. They deserve better than seeing the money not being used.




Cork City Council 2011-2014 2015
  Allocation Not Drawndown Allocation Not


Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability 6,634,531 1,063,725 1,552,805 1,183,129
Adaptations & Extensions to Social Housing 780,746   538,493 538,493
Upgrading, refurbishment and reinstatement of vacant housing units 1,288,376   3,657,649 3,657,649
Housing construction and acquisitions 12,262,319 2,131,296    
Capital advance leasing 0      
Remedial Works Scheme 741,634 426,092 50,000 50,000
Energy efficiency measures (2008-2013 includes voids) 8,468,077 3,006,555 1,615,632 368,565
Totals 30,175,683 6,627,668 7,414,579 5,797,836


Cork County Council 2011-2014 2015
Allocation Not Drawndown Allocation Not Drawndown
Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People with a disability 17,741,089 0 3,925,585 2,415,761
Adaptations & Extensions to Social Housing 858,114 0 554,019 554,019
Upgrading, refurbishment and reinstatement of vacant housing units 962,910 0 1,406,879 1,086,451
Housing construction and acquisitions 15,540,852 0
Capital advance leasing 0 0
Remedial Works Scheme 1,778,044 0
Energy efficiency measures (2008-2013 includes voids) 4,240,860 0 1,867,674 1,682,309
Totals 41,121,869 0 7,754,157 5,738,540

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Environment, National Work, Public Expenditure & Reform

School building programme to meet needs of young families: Buttimer

17th November 2015

  • School building programme includes 32 Cork schools

I am delighted that 32 Cork schools have been included in the school building programme for the next five years. This is excellent news for the schools and for the thousands of young families across the county that will benefit from this.

Improved and expanded school facilities are badly needed in many areas. Places like Carrigaline, Douglas and Rochestown have seen huge population increases with many young families now living in these areas. Thankfully now, their needs and the demand for school place have been recognised with this detailed building programme.

Over the next three years there will be four major projects delivered in schools in Cork South Central. These will include a new school for the recently established Rochestown Educate Together National School, as well as building works at St Francis College Rochestown and Ballintemple National School. The programme is very clear that these projects will begin in the first three years of the plan.

Schools in Bishopstown, Carrigaline, Passage West, Ringaskiddy and Shanbally have also been included in the building programme. These schools are down for the period 2019-2021. It is important that we work to ensure that this building programme is acted upon so that these much needed developments begin construction as planned. I will continue to work to secure firm dates for each of these projects.


School Name & Address School Type Year project will proceed to construction
Douglas/Rochestown Educate Together Primary 2017
St Francis College, Rochestown Post Primary 2017
Ballintemple NS Primary 2018
School of the Divine Child, Ballintemple Special School 2018
Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, Carrigaline Primary 2019-2021
Shanbally NS, Ringaskiddy Primary 2019-2021
St Johns Girls National School, Carrigaline Primary 2019-2021
St Killians School, Bishopstown Special School 2019-2021
Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour National School Primary 2019-2021
St Peters Community School, Passage West Post Primary 2019-2021

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Education, South East

Buttimer gets assurances on Pairc Ui Chaoimh funding

Tuesday 10th November 2015

  • Government confirms commitment to funding redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
  • Funding discussed in Dáil following reports of review by the European Commission.



The redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh is an important project both for Cork and our country. I was delighted that the Minister explicitly recognised this and confirmed that he and his officials would do everything to deal with European queries as quickly as possible.


It is important to point out the Minister stated that the business case for the redevelopment is in order.  This is significant as it was the initial hurdle that had to be cleared before the Government could confirm its intention to give €30 million towards this project.  Now we need to make sure that we convey to the European Commission that the redevelopment is in compliance with State aid rules.


The last thing we want is for the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to be delayed unnecessarily.  But thankfully Minister Donohoe confirmed that this would receive the fullest possible attention.  The Minister and the Department will be working closely with Cork County Board and its representatives to make sure that any questions from Europe will be dealt with in a speedy manner.


Pairc Ui Chaoimh is just one of a number of large projects in Cork being funded by this Government.  When we came to office we started and completed the flyovers Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers.  Another €10 million has been committed to the event centre at the historic Beamish & Crawford site.  In the recent capital plan the Dunkettle interchange and N28 projects were included.  This commitment to Cork is vital for the development of our city and county and I am delighted that the Minister recognises the importance and significance of the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Development, Economic, Employment, Infastructure, National Work, South East, Sport

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