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

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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