Court decision on 2009 floods welcome but flood defences needed – Buttimer

Monday 5th October 2015

  • High Court decides on liability for November 2009 flooding in Cork City

14-cork_floodingThe decision of the court appears to confirm what was already known locally. It has ruled on what caused the November 2009 floods, but it can never undo the devastation that was caused. Those floods and the days that followed will live long in the memory for many thousands of people in Cork.

Having an independent view and explanation of what happened is helpful, but it does nothing to undo the damage of those floods. Businesses and homes were affected across the city centre. People had lifetimes of memories washed away and destroyed. Years of hard work in developing businesses were undone by the floods. November 2009 has left a lasting mark on the city of Cork.

While an explanation is helpful what are needed most are steps to stop the continual problem of flooding in Cork. Areas like Oliver Plunkett Street, Grand Parade and Middle Parish, as well as Togher and Douglas, have been affected by floods on too many occasions.

The Government’s capital plan contains a commitment to putting in place flood defence and prevention system of the scale that Cork requires. It will be the largest flood defence scheme ever undertaken by the Office of Public Works and it shows that this project is getting the priority it rightly deserves. It is expected that works will commence in 2016 following further public consultations on the proposals.


Posted under Cork City, Development, National Work, South Central, South East, South West

Capital funding to help community childcare facilities – Buttimer

Tuesday, 15th July 2014

  • €273,649 Early Years Capital Funding for 20 community childcare facilities in Cork.
  • €2.5 million in capital funding has been allocated nationally.

Community childcare facilities provide vital supports and services for families and on-going capital funding is essential to ensuring that they are provided in appropriate and safe facilities.  I am delighted that childcare facilities in Blackrock, Carrigaline, Mahon and Turners Cross will benefit from this funding.

Beginnings Creche at Mahon family Resource Centre will receive €13,429 and Scoil Ursula Preschool, Blackrock will get €4,880.  In Carrigaline An Naíonra Charraig Uí Leighin will receive €5,516 and Turner’s Cross Community Playgroup will get €7,152.  These grants will allow each facility to carry our essential repairs, maintenance or refurbishment.  This will provide a welcome improvement to the facilities, ultimately benefitting the children and families that use the important services delivered at community facilities.

Providing access to community facilities must be central to reducing the cost of childcare and increasing availability of spaces.  There are a number of very significant initiatives already underway to help with this and to deliver on the Early Years Quality Agenda.  Government already provides annual funding of €260 million to support a number of targeted child care support programmes that assist parents in accessing quality and affordable child care.  The funding announced today, together with these initiatives, are signs of much needed progress in the enabling families to access childcare.

Posted under Carrigaline, Children & Youth Affairs, Cork, Cork City, South Central, South East

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