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.
REPLY

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

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