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

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

Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled – Buttimer

Tuesday, 11th November 2014

  • Confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, that Jack Lynch Tunnel will not be tolled.

The Minister for Transport has informed me that there will be no toll on the Jack Lynch Tunnel.  This is consistent with the policy decision taken by the previous Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that there would be no further tolling points introduced during the term of this Government.

When this Government came to office it made a serious commitment to the road network and transport infrastructure around Cork.  At a time when there was limited funding available for road projects this Government decided to go ahead with the Bandon Road and Sarsfield Road flyovers.   This has improved the road network around the city and was done without the need for additional tolls.  There has been no policy change since then and no toll is planned for the Jack Lynch Tunnel.

Speculation and scaremongering by Fianna Fáil Councillors on Cork City Council about tolling is completely without foundation.  The only basis for their claim is attention seeking, it has no basis in fact.  Government policy has been made clear by Ministers and it has not changed, under this Government there will be no tolling of the Jack Lynch Tunnel.


Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Douglas, Infastructure, Transport

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