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

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.

ENDS

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