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.

REPLY

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

Brooks debacle proves it’s time to review the licencing laws for concerts – Buttimer

Friday, July 4th 2014

  • Debacle surrounding the Garth Brooks concerts is proof that we need to review the licencing system for concerts and outdoor events
  • Must ensure tickets cannot be sold until a licence is granted

The fallout from Dublin City Council’s decision to refuse to grant licences for two out of the five Garth Brooks gigs has resulted in a meaningless blame game which is getting us nowhere. Trying to apportion blame to the promoters, or the City Manager, or the operators of Croke Park is pointless at this stage.

The reality is everyone involved was playing by the rules as they currently stand. Under our planning laws, events for more than 5,000 people require a licence. And there is nothing to stop promoters selling tickets before the licence is granted. In fact, doing so is probably the norm. The difference is, they got caught out this time round, and consumers are suffering as a result.

According to the current legislation, the application for a licence must be lodged with the local authority 16 weeks before an event, and the authority must allow five weeks to pass before making the decision on whether to grant the licence or not.

An amendment could be made to the current legislation stipulating that tickets cannot be sold until the licence is granted. An onus should be placed on local authorities to ensure the decision is made within a fixed timeframe. It would be acceptable for event organisers to promote the concert in advance, but tickets shouldn’t be sold until the licence is in place.

I do not see how this would cause any major problems. It is unusual for licences not to be granted. But only by changing the system will we ensure that we will avoid a situation in the future where hundreds of thousands of ticket holders are left out of pocket and deeply disappointed.

Clearly, an immediate solution needs to be found for the 400,000 ticket holders who still don’t know for definite whether any or all of the concerts will go ahead in just a few weeks’ time. But we also need to prevent this sort of debacle from happening again in the future.

ENDS

Posted under Cork City, Dáil Speeches, Environment, National Work, Tourism, Uncategorized