Buttimer welcomes inclusion 47 Cork schools in Summer Works Scheme

20 March 2014

  • Forty seven Cork schools included in the Department of Education Summer Works Scheme 2014.
  • Scheme which includes 386 projects nationally and will benefit almost 100,000 students.

I am pleased to welcome that seven schools in Cork South Central will get to carry out either mechanical or electrical work this coming summer.  The schools approved for the scheme include four primary and three post primary schools.  In total more than 2,600 students in Cork South Central will return to school in September 2014 with improved facilities as a result of this scheme.

In Douglas St Columba’s National School with facility for deaf children will now be able to undertake mechanical works.  St John’s Girls National School in Carrigaline will now be able to carry out electrical works.  In the city both Greenmount and St Mary’s of the Isle have been approved for works under the scheme.

At secondary level Coláiste Chríost Rí has been included and so has St Peter’s Community School in Passage West.  The other school that will benefit is Coláiste Daibhéid on South Terrace.

The Summer Works Scheme is important for many schools as it helps them carry out much needed maintenance and repairs.  I welcome the inclusion of forty seven Cork Schools in the 2014 scheme, this will benefit almost 12,000 students across the county.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Education, National Work, South Central, South East

Developing a food alleviation plan for Cork

February 7, 2014

This week’s flooding in Cork again devastated many businesses and homes in the centre of our city.  Regrettably the reaction to the 2009 floods in Cork did not prioritise a long term plan to protect our city.  While criticism of the length of time it is taking to implement a flood defence scheme is legitimate it is important to understand that the flood situation in Cork is not straightforward.  Progressing a scheme for the city involves complex and detailed preparations to ensure that the best possible long term solution is found.  However, having spoken to Minister Brian Hayes this week, I am glad that, finally, progress is being made.

On Thursday February 6 Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Brian Hayes visited the city meeting with the Lord Mayor, Councillors, City Manager and representatives of local businesses.  The Minister said that up to €100 million will be made available to carry out flood protection work for Cork.  He also stated that a possible starting date for the three-year project will be in 2015.  In the interim a forum between the OPW, City Council and local businesses is being set up to explore interim measures that can help alleviate the problem.

Last April the OPW appointed Arup Engineers to develop proposals based on the 2006 Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study for the River Lee Catchment.  The main objectives of this work include:-

  1. A flood forecasting system to facilitate optimum decision-making on dam discharges.
  2. A viable, cost-effective and sustainable Scheme, to permit provide protection along the Lower Lee and through Cork City against residual fluvial flooding and flooding from high tides and surge levels.

On July 17, 2013 Arup held a Public Information Day to outline the study and the process involved in developing the plan. Next it is intended to bring the emerging preferred scheme before the public; 29th July 2014 has been set as the date for this Public Information Day.  Following this the scheme will be further refined, an Environmental Impact Assessment will be completed and a formal Public Exhibition will commence towards the end of the year.

It is expected that this scheme will be the largest flood relief scheme ever undertaken by the OPW, costing between €50 and €100 million.  Given the substantial investment required work must only commence we are absolutely sure that we have the right solution for the City.

Apart from the proposed scheme for the central city area, studies are also being advanced for, Douglas/Togher. A Flood Relief Scheme for Douglas and Togher is currently being advanced by Cork County Council with funding to be provided by Office of Public Works (OPW).  It is understood that Cork County Council has signed a contract for consultants in the last two weeks to take the development of a Flood Relief Scheme for Douglas and Togher.  It is hoped that proposals to deal with the problems in these areas will be brought forward for public consultation before the end of 2014.  The OPW has made provision for the costs of these schemes in its multi-annual budgets; however the funding will be subject to review depending on actual budget allocations.

Posted under Blog, Cork City, Douglas, Environment, Finance, Infastructure, South Central, South East, South West

Jobs announcement reaffirms Cork’s IT hub status – Buttimer

Wednesday, October 30th 2013

StorageCraft Technology Corporation establishing international headquarters reaffirms Cork’s status as an IT hub

The decision of StorageCraft Technology Corporation to establish its international headquarters further cements Cork’s reputation as a recognised hub for leading IT companies.  This is a vote of confidence in Cork, its people and the high quality graduates produced by third level colleges in the city.

StorageCraft is a global provider of data protection solutions that enables small and medium sized businesses to deal with system disruptions, improving security and stability. It is establishing its international headquarters in Cork as part of the continued growth and expansion of the business. This will create 30 new jobs across a range of disciplines, from IT to marketing and human resources.

In addition to those who will directly benefit from these new jobs, the local economy will also get a boost from this announcement.  Each time a new company sets up in Cork, there are significant spin-off benefits for other local businesses.

In its first 10 years StorageCraft has grown into a leading player in the IT industry.  I hope that this decision to create its international headquarters in Cork will enable StorageCraft to continue to develop its business for many years to come, and create further jobs locally.

Posted under Cork City, Employment, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, National Work, South East