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

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

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