Boundary review an opportunity for economic development – Buttimer

Thursday, 15th January 2015

The review of the Cork City boundary and other local government arrangements is an opportunity to provide a platform for further economic development.

This review is an opportunity to ensure that local government structures are changed so that they best serve the people of Cork and the businesses that generate employment in the region.  The city boundary has remained unchanged for over 50 years and in that time the city has expanded beyond the restrictive boundary.   Everyday life and business activities have moved beyond an outdated boundary and this is a welcome opportunity for much needed and long awaited review.

In 2012 the Government set out its local government reform package, ‘Putting People First’.  This review is the next step in those reform proposals.  We now have an opportunity to put in place structures that recognise modern commuting patterns and changes to urban and suburban centres that have taken place across the city and county.

Cork city and county are key centres for economic development and employment creation; now we have an opportunity to put in place structures that will ensure this continues for decades to come. The outcome of this review must deliver reformed structures that will ensure an effective counter-weight to Dublin which will benefit the entire region.  If we can deliver a city of European scale with critical mass we will best serve the future needs of the people of Cork and provide a platform for further economic development.

For further details on the review group see here: http://www.environ.ie/en/LocalGovernment/LocalGovernmentReform/News/MainBody,40018,en.htm

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, National Work

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

Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment great news for Cork – Buttimer

Monday, 1st December 2014

  • Decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for Páirc Uí Chaoimh is great news for Cork.

I am delighted to learn that An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the redevelopment. Páirc Uí Chaoimh is at the very heart of life in Cork and the improved stadium facilities and capacity will ensure its future is secure.

This €70 million project will have many benefits for Cork.  It will update an aged stadium and deliver a  modern sport and recreational facility.  In terms of jobs it will create 400 direct and indirect jobs, giving a boost of €22 million to the Cork economy.

Government has committed to supporting this project with an investment of €30 million.  As well as ensuring that the required finances are in place for this project, this commitment is an important capital investment in Cork.  Together with the committed funding for an event centre, this Government is ensuring that large construction projects that will benefit our community for many years can go ahead.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is special place and this new development will allow more people to experience it on those great match days.  It is expected that work on this project will begin in February 2015.  During construction it is imperative that the GAA and the builders engage meaningfully with residents to address their concerns as they arise.  When the new stadium is complete a formal process of dialogue should be established so that any issues about the use of the facility can be dealt with at the earliest possible time.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Economic, Infastructure, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, South East, Sport