European funding for Port of Cork will support local economy – Buttimer

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

  • €12.7 million for the Port of Cork from EU’s Connecting Europe Facility
  • Funding to be used for phase one of Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project

AerialRingaskiddy1The Port of Cork is a crucial to our economy and this funding from Europe will ensure that it continues to serve businesses in the Cork region and support job creation for years to come. This €12.7 million will be used to part fund the first phase of the Ringaskiddy Port Redevelopment Project which was given the go-ahead by An Bord Pleanala in May.

The redevelopment of the Port of Cork will ensure that future connectivity needs are met. We need a port that facilitates business and economic expansion, the plans that are in place will deliver on this front. It will enable the Port of Cork to continue as a vital regional and national port that plays an important part in the overall European transport network.

As well as benefitting the economy the development of an expanded container terminal will also create much needed direct employment. This will create new construction jobs as this project is developed benefitting many families in Cork.

For two centuries the Port of Cork has supported our local economy and provided an economic link to the world. The future plans for the Port and this funding will help to ensure that it continues to serve our local community for many more years to come.

ENDS

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Development, Economic, Transport

Parliamentary Question: Social and Affordable Housing Data

Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)

To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the funding that has been allocated to each local authority for refurbishing void social houses; the amount of money that has been provided to date to each local authority for refurbishing void social houses; the number of void social houses each local authority is expected to refurbish using the allocated funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 19, May, 2015.

REPLY

General statistics on local authority housing stock, including vacant social housing units, are published annually by the Local Government Management Agency. The most recent statistics are the Service Indicators in Local Authorities 2013 which are available on the following website.

The table below shows the number of units returned to productive use in 2014 and the funding provided to local authorities by my Department for this work. I will announce details shortly of the 2015 funding for local authorities to address vacant social housing units, including the breakdown of the targets and funding for each authority.

In relation to the consideration of the demolition of vacant social housing units, it is a matter in the first instance for local authorities to identify units that might be derelict and where demolition may be an appropriate option. Demolition of social housing units would be an unusual step and would normally only arise in the context of an overall approach – such as regeneration of an area – agreed with my Department. There is no programme or policy to deal with vacant units by way of demolition.

Local Authority

Number of Units Returned in 2014

Funding Provided in 2014

Carlow

42

€325,111

Cavan

23

€349,137

Clare

65

€995,829

Cork City

212

€2,872,027

Cork County

155

€1,539,364

Donegal

167

€919,797

Dublin City

467

€6,163,464

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

5

€89,896

Fingal

165

€1,938,780

Galway City

24

€474,050

Galway County

76

€958,263

Kerry

79

€718,938

Kildare

49

€503,463

Kilkenny

25

€484,430

Laois

43

€257,013

Leitrim

15

€229,072

Limerick

98

€915,969

Longford

16

€313,250

Louth

18

€113,620

Mayo

80

€464,508

Meath

59

€1,037,501

Monaghan

21

€92,751

Offaly

35

€514,000

Roscommon

34

€224,028

Sligo

29

€311,648

South Dublin

92

€627,408

Tipperary

86

€935,801

Waterford

42

€605,428

Westmeath

56

€396,518

Wexford

20

€316,307

Wicklow

35

€650,204

TOTAL

2,333

€26,310,575

Posted under Development, Parliamentary Questions, Public Expenditure & Reform

Parliamentary Question: Planning Issues

Question to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government (Mr. Alan Kelly, TD)

To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if it is possible for him to direct or instruct local authorities regarding granting planning permission to fast food outlets in close proximity to schools, by regulation; if it would require an amendment to existing legislation or if it would require new legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 28, April, 2015.

REPLY

Planning authorities may, when adopting the Development Plan for their areas, adopt policies to curtail an excessive concentration of takeaways in particular areas.

Under planning legislation, the change of use of any premises to a takeaway or fast food outlet would require planning permission. In deciding whether or not to grant permission for a development, the relevant planning authority or An Bord Pleanála must consider the proper planning and sustainable development of the area having regard to the provisions of the development plan, any submissions or observations received, and relevant ministerial or Government policies including any guidelines issued by my Department.

My predecessor published Local Area Plan Guidelines for Planning Authorities in June 2013. The Guidelines recognise the important role of planning in promoting and facilitating active and healthy living patterns for local communities. For example, the Guidelines suggest that the local area plan can promote active and healthier lifestyles by ensuring that, inter alia, exposure of children to the promotion of foods that are high in fat, salt or sugar is reduced through careful consideration of the appropriateness or location of fast food outlets in the vicinity of schools and parks. I have no current plans to amend the Local Area Plan Guidelines in this regard.

Posted under Children & Youth Affairs, Development, Parliamentary Questions