Cork continues to attract leading companies – Buttimer

Thursday, 19th March 2015

  • Decision by Malwarebytes to locate its EMEA headquarters in Cork again shows that the city attracts leading technology companies.

The decision by Malwarebytes to locate its EMEA headquarters in Cork again shows that the city has a reputation that attracts leading technology companies. Cork has a developed a cluster of the some of the biggest names in technology industries. We have an educated workforce that meets the needs of these companies and we have facilities that enable them to successfully conduct their operations from a Cork base.

As well as signalling that Cork has become a tech-hub, it is welcome that 50 new jobs will be created. The reason we want to attract business is to create jobs so that people can get back to work and to give opportunities for those that left Ireland to return home. Maintaining policies that support and encourage businesses is critical to the future of our economy and society.

Malwarebyes’ decision to locate in Cork will be another boost for the local jobs market. For 32 months the Live Register has been falling and in Cork it has reduced by 23% since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in March 2012. All of this points to the reality of some economic recover but with much work left to do. These 50 new jobs will be another help in tackling unemployment and with the right policies we will continue to see job growth and creation.


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

Pfizer decision a boost for local economy – Buttimer

10th March 2015

  • Pfizer to continue manufacturing at its Little Island facility

The decision by Pfizer to reverse its decision to close its facility at Little Island and, instead, to continue manufacturing at the site is a welcome boost for local economy.  It is testament to the commitment of the workforce at Pfizer’s Little Island facility that this decision has been taken.  It will come as great news for the employees and their families.

For more than 45 years Pfizer has had a presence in Cork and it has played an important part in the economic development of the region.  Over that time the company has provided valuable employment and thousands of Cork people have worked to ensure that Pfizer’s facilities in Cork have been productive and profitable.  The decision to secure the jobs at the Little Island facility confirms a continued commitment to its employees and to Cork.

This announcement by Pfizer continues a series of positive developments when it comes to employment in Cork.  Since the launch of the Action Plan on Jobs in March 2015 the number of people on the Live Register in Cork has dropped by 23%, more than 10,000 people in Cork have come off the Live Register.  Official statistics and decisions like today’s one by Pfizer show that the economy is in recovery.  This steady progress must be continued so that we can provide employment opportunities for all those who are continuing to look for jobs.


Posted under Cork, Economic, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation

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