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

Funding of €4.7 million for sports clubs and organisations in Cork – Buttimer

Thursday, 8th October 2015

  • Sports Capital funding of €4,753,376 for clubs and organisations in Cork

That more than €4.7 million in funding under Sports Capital Grants Programme has been awarded to sports clubs and organisations in Cork is great news and a boost for local communities.  More than 20 clubs and organisations in Cork South Central are set to benefit.

In total, funding of over €41 million is being made available to clubs and local organisations around the country under the Sports Capital Programme 2015, announced by Minister of State Michael Ring today.

It is very welcome that once again, Sports Capital funding is being provided to clubs and local organisations here in Cork and around the country.

The economic recovery allowed this Government to re-instate the Sports Capital Programme, after it was closed by Fianna Fáil during the recession. We understand the importance of sport to communities around the country and the imperative to fund it. Money spent on sport, is money saved on healthcare down the road. According to the Department of Sport, 90% of Sports Capital recipients say it has helped them to increase the numbers of people involved in sport.

Fine Gael is keenly aware of the impact the economic downturn has had on communities throughout Ireland and we are working to ensure that the economic recovery spreads to all parts of Ireland. This Government is committed to supporting local communities, with actions and funding like these Sports Capital grants.

Club/Organisation Amount
Avondale United FC €8,000.00
Ballinhassig GAA Club €130,000.00
Ballinora GAA Club €80,000.00
Ballyphehane GAA Club €130,000.00
Bishopstown GAA Club €60,000.00
Blackrock National Hurling Club €53,000.00
Carrigaline Badminton Club €43,000.00
College Corinthians AFC Limited €60,000.00
Cork Boat Club €34,000.00
Cork Constitution FC €123,536.00
Cork Eagles PFC €900.00
Crosshaven GAA Club €125,000.00
Crosshaven Pitch and Putt Club €12,000.00
Douglas Gymnastics Club €22,000.00
Douglas Hurling & Football Club €75,000.00
Everton Football Club €31,000.00
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club €18,000.00
Nemo Rangers Hurling & Football Club €43,000.00
Royal Cork Yacht Club €43,000.00
Shamrock Hurling & Football Club €100,000.00
Shandon Boat Club €18,000.00
St Michaels Lawn Tennis Club €53,000.00
Togher Community Assocaition Limited €90,000.00

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

Funding for N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road gets the go ahead under €27bn Capital Investment Plan – Buttimer

Tuesday 29th September 2015

  • N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road included in Capital Investment Plan

AerialRingaskiddy1The Capital Investment Plan will see €27 billion invested in roads, rail, health facilities, schools and broadband, which will make a major difference for communities across Cork city and county.

The Plan has allocated funding for work on the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road, which will go ahead if planning permission is secured. This is a project which has been long called for and it’s great to know that the money is now available to complete this project. This makes it even more important that we continue towards securing planning permission.

The Plan has also approved funding for work on the Dunkettle Interchange, which will improve travel times, make the road safer and make Cork more attractive to businesses.

In light of the recent flooding experienced in Cork city and the high risk of considerable damage to property from both tidal and river flooding, the development and construction of a flood defence scheme for the city has been given a high priority under this plan. The plan will support the largest ever flood defence scheme undertaken by the Office of Public Works and will offer protection from flooding to around 2,000 residential and commercial properties. The scheme will take at least 4 to 5 years to complete. Subject to a successful public consultation on the proposals and statutory approval, it is expected that works will commence in 2016. The total investment will be €430m over a six year period.“Under the Capital Plan funding will also be made available for Haulbowline Island. This funding of €10 million next year and €60 million in total over the next five years will be used for the preparation, design and execution of a permanent ‘clean-up’ of the East Tip site, the former Factory Site and the South Tip at the Island, following completion of site investigations, examinations and surveys.

The Government is committed to the further development of the Irish Maritime Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) in Cork. This important initiative supports jobs and urban renewal and regeneration in the area. It is regarded by Government as an important national project. Detailed proposals for a number of individual component projects are being finalised and will be supported under the Capital Plan.

It is also proposed to provide €11m for the Cork Event Centre; a multi-million euro 6,000-seat venue on the historic Beamish & Crawford brewery site on South Main Street.

In addition to investment in roads, the Capital Investment Plan will also see considerable investment in Garda stations and Garda resources across the country, as well as a €10 million refurbishment programme for the courts service.

The Plan announced by Government is affordable, sensible and it is consistent with our plan to eliminate borrowing by 2018. It will promote regional economic growth, supporting 45,000 construction jobs over the lifetime of the plan.

The decisions taken by this Government have brought us to an important time in our recovery. We are the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week. This plan will help spread the recovery around the country where we know many families have yet to feel the effects of the recovery.

This is a good day for Cork and very welcome news for people across the city and county.


Posted under Carrigaline, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Economic, National Work, Tourism, Transport

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