Opening of The Kingsley Hotel shows strength of Cork economy – Buttimer

Thursday, 11th September 2014

  • The opening of The Kingsley Hotel enhances the options available for visitors to Cork.
  • 130 jobs created at the hotel are a great boost for the local economy.

It is great to see The Kingsley Hotel once again open for business.   The hotel will add to the high quality hotels available across Cork and will further enhance the options available for all of those visiting our city.

Since the hotel was forced to close in 2009 it has continued to be a stark reminder of the devastating impacts the floods had.  But now that the hotel is open again, it is a signal of the increased strength of the Cork economy and of the tourism potential of the region.

As well as offering an excellent service for business and leisure customers the hotel is providing much needed employment.  The 130 jobs created by the hotel will be great boost to the local economy and all of those who have secured work at the hotel.  I wish all of the management and staff every success in re-establishing the hotel as a premier destination in Cork.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Jobs Enterprise & Innovation, Tourism

Funding announced for piers and harbours at Blackrock and Passage West – Buttimer

Tuesday, 8th July 2014 

  • €2.99 million allocated nationally under the under the 2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme
  • €187,500 is to be allocated to redevelop Blackrock harbour
  • €75,000 for the purchase of a pontoon at Passage West.

Blackrock harbour is set to receive €187,500 that will enhance the redevelopment of the village making it an even more attractive location for business, leisure and recreation. This is really great news for the local community and ensures that the redevelopment of the area can proceed and deliver long awaited improvements.  The money will be used to install tiered steps from the harbour square into the harbour, along with harbour deepening, paving, steps, railings and mooring points.

Passage West will also benefit from the funding package announced.  €75,000 is being awarded towards the purchase of a pontoon.  This will enhance leisure marine facilities which are so integral to our local tourism industry.

The total funding announced for Cork comes to more than €600,000.  Today’s funding announcement comes on top of a grant in February for the repair of Cork piers and harbours that were badly damaged during the storms last winter.

This funding comes from the 2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme of the Department of Agriculture and the Marine. Local Authorities will also contribute to the cost of the projects.

We are committed to supporting coastal and harbour communities in Cork and delivering improvements to facilities that are vital for both business and recreational activities.

Posted under Agriculture, Cork, Cork City, Development, Infastructure, South East, Tourism, Transport

Parliamentary Question: Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014

Question to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Mr Leo Varadkar, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding the Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014, if there will be a review or appeal procedure which will enable parties not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal by a parking controller or to a clamping appeals officer to have recourse to the courts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 8th July, 2014.


The Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014 provides for a two-stage appeals process. A person whose vehicle has been clamped or relocated may make a first-stage appeal to the person responsible for enforcing the law or rules applicable to parking in a particular place, referred to in the Bill as the “parking controller”. Where a person is not satisfied with the determination of the parking controller, they may make a second-stage appeal to an independent clamping appeals officer appointed by the National Transport Authority.

The appeals process provided for in the Bill does not interfere with the rights of any citizen to have recourse to the Courts.

Posted under National Work, Parliamentary Questions, Sport, Tourism, Transport