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

All workers to benefit as USC cut and self-employed tax credit introduced – Buttimer

Tuesday 13th October 2015

  • Universal Social Charge (USC) reduced
  • Self-employed tax credit introduced 

20110616-jerry-buttimer-dail-004This significant reduction in the USC will help ensure that every worker in Cork and throughout Ireland benefits from the economic recovery that is underway. Reducing USC from 7% to 5.5% on people’s earnings between €18,668 and €70,044 will make a significant difference for working families and individuals. This reduces the tax rate on low and middle income earners to below 50% for the first time since 2009.

Minister Noonan has increased the entry point for USC payment to €13,000, meaning a further 42,000 workers will no longer have to pay the USC. Over 700,000 of the lowest paid workers will be exempt from the paying the USC from January. This change will give a week’s wages back to low and middle income earners.

The introduction of a €550 self-employed tax credit marks a welcome start along the road to the equalisation of income tax credits between self-employed people and PAYE workers, addressing what was an unfair treatment of self-employed people in this country. The Earned Income Credit of €550 will be available to self-employed people who are ineligible for a PAYE credit on their salaries and will really benefit small retailers, publicans, farmers and tradesmen in Cork.

Taken together both of these measures will improve the take home pay of all workers. This will have a benefit to families and to our domestic economy. I welcome the cuts to the Universal Social Charge, meaning the marginal rate of tax for those earning below €70,000 will fall below 50% for the first time since 2009. Changes to the USC entry threshold will mean a total of 700,000 people will now be outside the USC net.

Today’s USC reduction is the second year in a row that we have reduced the tax burden on low and middle-income earners. The top priority of this budget is to sustain our economic recovery and bring its benefits to every family.

Posted under Economic, Finance, National Work

Family friendly Budget will help make work pay – Buttimer

Tuesday, 13th October 2015

  • Childcare measures in Budget 2016 will help make work pay and improve quality.

Jerry Buttimer TDThrough an €85 million package of measures the Government has confirmed its commitment to investment in childcare, to ensure that we increase affordability, quality and accessibility for parents and children across Ireland. This is a real and meaningful first step, that will help make work pay and more the workplace more accessible.

Among the range of measures in Budget 2016, aimed at helping hard working parents are:

  • An extension of the free pre-school year, meaning free pre-school for all children from age 3 to primary school (there will be three windows for parents to enrol their children in the scheme – September, January and April)
  • Over €15m will be used to make pre-school more accessible for children who special needs
  • Two weeks of new paid paternal leave, which will kick in for fathers from next September
  • A €5 increase in child benefit, to €140 per child per month
  • An extension of the Community Childcare Subvention Programme, which offers low income parents, reduced rates. 5,000 extra childcare places through private and community providers this year and 8,000 next year
  • A €3 million capital fund will support childcare providers to develop after-school services
  • There will also be a number of measures to improve the quality of childcare provision, including an audit of all childcare, increased inspections and investment in training for childcare workers.

In addition to these childcare measures families will also benefit from a reduction in class sizes in primary school to 27 pupils to 1 teacher (the lowest level they have ever been), 2260 additional primary and post-primary teachers in 2016 and an extension of free GP care to all children under 12.

Fine Gael is prioritising job creation, because more jobs mean less tax for people already working and more revenue to provide better services. Government action to help create an accessible and affordable childcare system is vital for people to be given the opportunity to return to the workforce.The top priority of this year’s budget is to keep the recovery going, while providing relief and better services for the Irish people.

Posted under Children & Youth Affairs, Economic, Finance, National Work

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