Funding for N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road gets the go ahead under €27bn Capital Investment Plan – Buttimer

Tuesday 29th September 2015

  • N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road included in Capital Investment Plan

AerialRingaskiddy1The Capital Investment Plan will see €27 billion invested in roads, rail, health facilities, schools and broadband, which will make a major difference for communities across Cork city and county.

The Plan has allocated funding for work on the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road, which will go ahead if planning permission is secured. This is a project which has been long called for and it’s great to know that the money is now available to complete this project. This makes it even more important that we continue towards securing planning permission.

The Plan has also approved funding for work on the Dunkettle Interchange, which will improve travel times, make the road safer and make Cork more attractive to businesses.

In light of the recent flooding experienced in Cork city and the high risk of considerable damage to property from both tidal and river flooding, the development and construction of a flood defence scheme for the city has been given a high priority under this plan. The plan will support the largest ever flood defence scheme undertaken by the Office of Public Works and will offer protection from flooding to around 2,000 residential and commercial properties. The scheme will take at least 4 to 5 years to complete. Subject to a successful public consultation on the proposals and statutory approval, it is expected that works will commence in 2016. The total investment will be €430m over a six year period.“Under the Capital Plan funding will also be made available for Haulbowline Island. This funding of €10 million next year and €60 million in total over the next five years will be used for the preparation, design and execution of a permanent ‘clean-up’ of the East Tip site, the former Factory Site and the South Tip at the Island, following completion of site investigations, examinations and surveys.

The Government is committed to the further development of the Irish Maritime Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) in Cork. This important initiative supports jobs and urban renewal and regeneration in the area. It is regarded by Government as an important national project. Detailed proposals for a number of individual component projects are being finalised and will be supported under the Capital Plan.

It is also proposed to provide €11m for the Cork Event Centre; a multi-million euro 6,000-seat venue on the historic Beamish & Crawford brewery site on South Main Street.

In addition to investment in roads, the Capital Investment Plan will also see considerable investment in Garda stations and Garda resources across the country, as well as a €10 million refurbishment programme for the courts service.

The Plan announced by Government is affordable, sensible and it is consistent with our plan to eliminate borrowing by 2018. It will promote regional economic growth, supporting 45,000 construction jobs over the lifetime of the plan.

The decisions taken by this Government have brought us to an important time in our recovery. We are the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week. This plan will help spread the recovery around the country where we know many families have yet to feel the effects of the recovery.

This is a good day for Cork and very welcome news for people across the city and county.


Posted under Carrigaline, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Economic, National Work, Tourism, Transport

Cork to benefit from global tourism campaign – Buttimer

Thursday 10th September 2015

  • €12 million campaign to promote Ireland as a tourist destination.

Taste Fest - Food in CorkBuilding on a successful 2015 tourist season an extra €12 million will now be used to attract more visitors to Ireland, as part of Tourism Ireland’s autumn marketing campaign. It is great to see that Cork has been included in this campaign, which will deliver benefits for tourism across the city and county.

Cork is getting particular attention as part of this campaign and hopefully this will increase the number of overseas visitors. Cork has a great international reputation for food and food products and this will be highlighted as part of the campaign. Travel vloggers have been commissioned to produce a series of videos, which will include gastronomy in Cork city and county as one of three themes. This will bring international attention to the excellent food produce our county has to offer.

People in key tourist markets will also be targeted, encouraging them to fly to Cork. An online and outdoor advertising campaign will promote flights to Cork from key European markets and flights from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain will be advertised. This is another measure that will help to continue the trend of increasing traffic at Cork Airport.

It is great to see Cork included as a central part of this latest tourism marketing campaign. This is vital for our city and county. But we need more campaigns and marketing drives that will promote Cork as a distinct region and brand. Under national policy this role falls to both local councils and Fáilte Ireland also has a role to play. We need to see the plan for marketing brand Cork as a tourist destination as soon as possible.


Posted under Cork, Tourism

Funding to enhance tourists’ experience at Blackrock Castle – Buttimer

Wednesday, 9th September 2015

  • €160,000 in funding for Blackrock Castle
  • Part of €1.2 million in funding for capital projects in Ireland’s Ancient East

geograph-2735541-by-Hywel-WilliamsBlackrock Castle is an important and impressive tourist experience in Cork and this funding will only enhance what is already an excellent experience. As Cork City’s oldest surviving structure that is still in use, the castle can tell a unique story about our history. The allocation of €160,000 will help to develop a new high-quality interpretative experience, ‘Journeys of Exploration’, which will tell the story of Cork’s maritime heritage. This will be another improved offering that will help to attract tourists to Cork.

Tourism is vital to our local economy. Each year more than 1.2 million overseas visitors come to Cork, generating over €400 million for our local economy. It is vital for jobs that we continue to build on the excellent attractions that we have. Cork is uniquely placed on both the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East. We must take advantage of these opportunities and build an experience and brand that promotes Cork as a destination to visit.

I strongly believe that Cork must be marketed as a single destination and as ‘the gateway to all Munster’ when it comes to attracting tourists. It should be marketed as a single region. Our new national tourism policy provides the basis for a fresh approach when it comes to marketing Cork. However if this is going to be delivered then it needs to be led by Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland, working with other stakeholders. Plans are underway but we need action.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, South East, Tourism

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