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

Parliamentary Question: Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme, if he will confirm if the expert panel specifically considered the interests of deferred members, both shorter service and long service members; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 3rd December, 2014.

REPLY

The Expert Panel was established by my Department, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, IBEC and ICTU to find a solution to the industrial relations issues relating to the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).  It was tasked with finding the fairest way to distribute the burden of resolving the current deficit in the scheme, while addressing a range of other impediments.

The Panel engaged extensively with all the parties involved during its investigations and although it was not within the remit of the panel to address the issues concerning the deferred members of the scheme, the Panel met with representatives of the deferred members committee on two occasions.  The Panel explained to the deferred representatives that the process it was involved in was an industrial relations process and that responsibility for dealing with the deferred members rested with the IASS Trustee through engagement with employers.

In its Report , published on 16 June 2014, the Panel recommended, inter alia, that the IASS Trustee engage with the employers on ways to alleviate as much of the impact of the Trustee proposals as possible whilst also recognising the overall affordability to the employers of the proposals for active and deferred members.  It was the Panel’s view that these discussions should be informed by a set of principles which the Panel had discussed and agreed with the employers and communicated to the Trustee.

As a result of that Report, there was an uplift in the monies to be provided by the employers outside of the IASS, a significant proportion of which is intended for the deferred members to make a contribution towards mitigating the benefit cuts proposed by the IASS Trustee. This is an essential consequence of the process proposed by the Expert Panel.

Specifically, almost €20m in extra funding is being proposed by the employers in addition to the €40m already being made available for deferred members. The total contribution proposed by the employers aimed at resolving the IASS difficulties amounts to over €260m.

It is the Panel’s definitive view that the proposed measures represent the best possible outcome that can be achieved and that if this final opportunity to resolve this very protracted problem is not grasped now, the situation facing members of the IASS will deteriorate further.

Posted under Parliamentary Questions, Transport

Parliamentary Question: Mutual recognition of Driving Licences with Canada

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide update on efforts to establish mutual recognition of driving licences between Ireland and all Canadian states, in particular the state of Alberta; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer.

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 13th November, 2014.

REPLY

Following the successful introduction of a bilateral agreement on exchange of licences with Ontario, the Road Safety Authority (RSA), as Ireland’s national driver licensing authority, is focusing on reaching  similar agreements with the other Canadian provinces.

While I would like to see agreements reached with the other provinces as soon as possible, I understand from the RSA that discussions are most advanced with the provinces of Manitoba and with Newfoundland and Labrador.  The RSA has advised that work with Alberta is under way, but is not as advanced as in those two cases.

Posted under National Work, Parliamentary Questions, Transport