Cork would be an ideal venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup – Buttimer

Friday, 5th December 2014

  • Ireland launches bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
  • Bid being led by Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Cork is one of Ireland’s great sporting cities and would make an ideal venue for the Rugby World Cup.

Cork’s sporting and rugby pedigree is beyond question. And with the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Irish Independent Park (Musgrave Park), we would have ideal venues for Rugby World Cup games.

Cork frequently hosts high level sporting fixtures and cultural events and has a variety of excellent hotels. The southern capital would serve as a perfect launch pad to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

Irish people are renowned for making visitors feel at home and I have no doubt that the people of Cork would provide a great welcome to Rugby World Cup visitors to the city.

Rugby fans from the six nations and the southern hemisphere love coming to Ireland. An Irish world cup would prove an extremely popular choice with rugby fans.

Hosting the Rugby World Cup would involve a significant investment for Ireland but it would be more than recouped through visitor numbers and the benefits of the global exposure of Ireland as a tourism and business destination.

I think the Irish bid for the Rugby World Cup is one that demands to be taken seriously. We have the facilities. The Governments north and south of the border are fully behind the bid and the GAA is on board.

The bid is being launched as Ireland sits at number three in the world rugby rankings. It would be great to see Ireland compete for the world cup on home soil.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, National Work, Sport, Tourism, Transport

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

Parliamentary Question: National Tourism Policy

Parliamentary Questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Mr Paschal Donohoe, TD)

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will, as part of the National Tourism Policy, designate of Cork Airport as a convention and conference gateway for business tourism, as such a move would complement the Government’s decision to support and part fund the development of an event centre in Cork. – Jerry Buttimer, TD.

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will include as part of the National Tourism Policy the creation of a specific tourism marketing fund for new South of Ireland connectivity and inbound tourism growth. – Jerry Buttimer, TD.

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will, as part of the National Tourism Policy, develop a more integrated approach to inbound tourism marketing and co-ordination of tourism development in the South West region, including references to developing structures around tourism co-ordination to be aligned and revised, set specific bednight growth targets by market to be agreed and published and ensure a better focus on marketing spend. – Jerry Buttimer, TD.

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will, as part of the National Tourism Policy, include designation and marketing support of Cork Airport as a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and the emerging Fáilte Ireland South East Heritage Trail. – Jerry Buttimer, TD.

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will include as part of the National Tourism Policy a stronger focus on development of strategic transport links to and from Cork Airport. – Jerry Buttimer, TD.

For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 23rd September, 2014.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has statutory responsibility to manage, operate and develop Dublin and Cork airports. In relation to Cork airport, DAA has put in place arrangements for Cork Airport to be run as a stand-alone business unit within the Company, properly resourced at management level locally, with the ability to make decisions locally with the assistance of the DAA group if necessary.  A high level stakeholder body – the Cork Airport Development Council – has also been established to provide a forum for stakeholders from a range of sectoral and geographic backgrounds who have an interest in the development of the airport to engage with airport management and to help contribute to traffic and route growth.  I consider therefore that the structures are in place for Cork Airport to explore options for growing its business in conjunction with other regional bodies if appropriate.

From a tourism perspective, all of my Department’s allocation for tourism is provided for the use of the tourism agencies, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland, and I do not have discretionary funding available for individual marketing initiatives.  Fáilte Ireland is the agency with responsibility for the development of the tourism sector in Ireland.  In this respect, Fáilte Ireland works with local authorities and other regional stakeholders to maximise the tourism potential in their areas.  Tourism Ireland, with responsibility for the overseas marketing of Ireland as a tourist destination, undertakes significant cooperative marketing activity with carriers serving Cork Airport to promote flights to Cork and boost travel to the wider region. The agency will continue to monitor developments at Cork airport and work with the airport and relevant stakeholders to maximise the numbers using existing services and to help to make the case for additional new services with potential tourism benefits for the region.

I have referred the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland and to Tourism Ireland for further information in this regard.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

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