Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment great news for Cork – Buttimer

Monday, 1st December 2014

  • Decision by An Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for Páirc Uí Chaoimh is great news for Cork.

I am delighted to learn that An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the redevelopment. Páirc Uí Chaoimh is at the very heart of life in Cork and the improved stadium facilities and capacity will ensure its future is secure.

This €70 million project will have many benefits for Cork.  It will update an aged stadium and deliver a  modern sport and recreational facility.  In terms of jobs it will create 400 direct and indirect jobs, giving a boost of €22 million to the Cork economy.

Government has committed to supporting this project with an investment of €30 million.  As well as ensuring that the required finances are in place for this project, this commitment is an important capital investment in Cork.  Together with the committed funding for an event centre, this Government is ensuring that large construction projects that will benefit our community for many years can go ahead.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh is special place and this new development will allow more people to experience it on those great match days.  It is expected that work on this project will begin in February 2015.  During construction it is imperative that the GAA and the builders engage meaningfully with residents to address their concerns as they arise.  When the new stadium is complete a formal process of dialogue should be established so that any issues about the use of the facility can be dealt with at the earliest possible time.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Economic, Infastructure, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, South East, Sport

Budget begins sharing recovery across society – Buttimer

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

  • Budget 2015 begins to share the benefits of recovery across society.
  • Measures introduced will assist families and individuals who have sacrificed significantly over the past seven years. 

Budget 2015 - income tax and USC ChangesToday’s budget will help to ensure that the benefits of recovery will be shared across society. By reducing income tax and the rates of universal social charge, this budget has continued the Government’s priority of encouraging work and job creation. This budget does more than just benefit those in work; it also contains measures that will help those who relying on a range of social protection measures.

Reducing the amount of tax on employment helps businesses to create jobs and it increases the take home pay of workers. Reducing the amount of tax on wages has a direct impact on all workers. It has prioritised those on low and middle incomes by taking people on low incomes out of the USC and reduces the higher rate of income tax from 41% to 40%. It has increased the tax band at which the top rate of tax is paid by €1,000 to €33,800; this will make a significant difference for working families and individuals.

Budget 2015 has also provided much needed relief for people on fixed incomes. As well as returning a Christmas Bonus to people receiving social welfare this budget also provides extra help in meeting costs of water charges. There will be a new Water Subsidy worth €100 per anum for all recipients of the Household Benefits Package. This will significantly reduce a person’s water bill, and when combined with efforts to reduce water use, it will make the bill much more manageable.

Working families will also have access to assistance in paying water charges.  Water charges of up to €500 per year will be tax deductible at the standard rate, this will provide families with a €100 contribution towards meeting water charges.  This will be of particular benefit to families with teenage children and adult children who continue to live at home.

Returning our country to a position of growth over the last three years has been down to the hard work and resilience of the Irish people and their determination to put things back on track. All of these efforts have put our country on a path to recovery and growth that will have benefits across society. Budget 2015 is the first budget that returns the benefit of improved economic conditions to families.”

Posted under Economic, Finance, National Work

Cork, a destination of choice for leading companies – Buttimer

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014

  • Announcement of 40 new jobs shows that Cork is a destination of choice of leading companies.
  • Itron to establish Global Business Services centre at City Gate, Mahon.

Logos for Itron StatementThe decision by Itron to establish a global business services centre in Cork shows that our city is a destination of choice for successful businesses.  Cork is now the centre of a cluster of leading ICT businesses which we must leverage to entice even more companies to locate in Cork and create much needed employment.

By the end of this year Itron plans to create 40 new positions at City Gate in Mahon.  Opportunities will be available in accounting, financial control and financial administration.  These jobs will be attractive to experienced professionals and are another important step in creating opportunities for people to return to work.

This is another vote of confidence in Cork and its people which will benefit local families and communities.  This year has seen many regular job announcements for Cork.  This week alone we have had 210 new jobs being created or announced.  The reopening of the Kingsley Hotel has created 130 new positions and yesterday 40 new jobs were announced by AlienVault.  We must continue to take decisions that encourage companies to come to Cork and create new employment opportunities across all industries.

Since this Government has come to office its primary objective has been to create the economic environment to encourage job creation.  Recent CSO statistics show that for the first time since 2009 for four successive months the number of people on the live register in Cork City and County has been under 38,000.  Since it peaked in July 2010 the number of people on the live register in Cork has fallen by 20%.  The statistics and the succession of job announcements in Cork this year show that policies are having an effect.  However, we must continue to make every effort to attract new businesses and create opportunities for all those who are still looking for work.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Economic, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, South East