Funding for N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road gets the go ahead under €27bn Capital Investment Plan – Buttimer

Tuesday 29th September 2015

  • N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road included in Capital Investment Plan

AerialRingaskiddy1The Capital Investment Plan will see €27 billion invested in roads, rail, health facilities, schools and broadband, which will make a major difference for communities across Cork city and county.

The Plan has allocated funding for work on the N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy Road, which will go ahead if planning permission is secured. This is a project which has been long called for and it’s great to know that the money is now available to complete this project. This makes it even more important that we continue towards securing planning permission.

The Plan has also approved funding for work on the Dunkettle Interchange, which will improve travel times, make the road safer and make Cork more attractive to businesses.

In light of the recent flooding experienced in Cork city and the high risk of considerable damage to property from both tidal and river flooding, the development and construction of a flood defence scheme for the city has been given a high priority under this plan. The plan will support the largest ever flood defence scheme undertaken by the Office of Public Works and will offer protection from flooding to around 2,000 residential and commercial properties. The scheme will take at least 4 to 5 years to complete. Subject to a successful public consultation on the proposals and statutory approval, it is expected that works will commence in 2016. The total investment will be €430m over a six year period.“Under the Capital Plan funding will also be made available for Haulbowline Island. This funding of €10 million next year and €60 million in total over the next five years will be used for the preparation, design and execution of a permanent ‘clean-up’ of the East Tip site, the former Factory Site and the South Tip at the Island, following completion of site investigations, examinations and surveys.

The Government is committed to the further development of the Irish Maritime Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) in Cork. This important initiative supports jobs and urban renewal and regeneration in the area. It is regarded by Government as an important national project. Detailed proposals for a number of individual component projects are being finalised and will be supported under the Capital Plan.

It is also proposed to provide €11m for the Cork Event Centre; a multi-million euro 6,000-seat venue on the historic Beamish & Crawford brewery site on South Main Street.

In addition to investment in roads, the Capital Investment Plan will also see considerable investment in Garda stations and Garda resources across the country, as well as a €10 million refurbishment programme for the courts service.

The Plan announced by Government is affordable, sensible and it is consistent with our plan to eliminate borrowing by 2018. It will promote regional economic growth, supporting 45,000 construction jobs over the lifetime of the plan.

The decisions taken by this Government have brought us to an important time in our recovery. We are the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are creating over 1,300 new jobs a week. This plan will help spread the recovery around the country where we know many families have yet to feel the effects of the recovery.

This is a good day for Cork and very welcome news for people across the city and county.


Posted under Carrigaline, Cork City, Development, Douglas, Economic, National Work, Tourism, Transport

Cork Airport’s first ever transatlantic flights great news for tourism and business – Buttimer

Friday 25th September 2015

  • Transatlantic routes from Cork Airport is announced.

CorkAirport2I’m delighted to hear confirmation by Norwegian Air International Ltd (NAI) today that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017. A Cork-Barcelona service is also planned from May 2016. The new routes form part of Norwegian’s plans for continued expansion in the UK and Ireland.

These new routes mean that Cork people will be able to fly direct to Boston next year and to New York the year after. This is something that Cork Airport has been working towards for many years and will be a huge boost for tourism and business in Cork and across Munster.

The enhanced connectivity will provide business opportunities and increase overseas visitor numbers to the region. Cork has so much to offer to tourists and is a fantastic tourism product. These new routes will help bring in more visitors and more revenue.

I would like to congratulate everyone at Cork Airport and commend them for securing these new routes. The announcement is a great vote of confidence in the airport and proof that Government policy to create the right conditions to encourage new air services is working. More than 2 million passengers travel through Cork Airport each year. Today’s news of Cork’s new transatlantic services comes in the wake of several other positive route announcements from Cork Airport in recent weeks. CityJet will launch a new 18 times per week service to London City Airport on October 1 and Aer Lingus will launch a new Cork-Dusseldorf route next summer. Aer Lingus has also increased frequency on its Cork Tenerife route for this winter and Flybe has doubled capacity on its new Cardiff service.

This is a good day for Cork and very welcome news for people across the city and county.

Posted under Cork, Transport

Ryanair’s changed position shows future bright for Cork Airport – Buttimer

2nd September 2015


  • Ryanair’s confirms it is in negotiations to deliver new flights at Cork Airport.
  • Traffic at Cork Airport will return to growth next month.


150706 Cork Dusseldorf Anouncement - BannerCork Airport is finally getting back to passenger growth and this reality will be a huge boost to our city and region. The comments by Ryanair have backfired and it has now changed from rhetoric to facts. It has confirmed the fact that it is in negotiations to deliver new flights at Cork Airport, this changed position shows the future is bright for Cork Airport.


The reality is that Cork has attracted new routes and increased capacity on existing routes over the last few months. From next month it is expected that traffic at Cork Airport will return to growth.


Even Ryanair has confirmed that it is in negotiations about new routes and growth from Cork Airport. Clearly the airport is an attractive commercial option for Ryanair and I hope that the airline and Cork Airport will make every effort to deliver on both fronts for the people of Cork.


Our city and county needs a dedicated marketing strategy that will attract inward tourism. This is the missing link that could unlock the full potential of Cork Airport. Both councils have failed to deliver on their remit to promote tourism and Failte Ireland continues to talk about policies. We need to see those policies as soon as possible and we need action.


Ryanair also acknowledged that this Government abolished the Fianna Fail imposed travel tax, a decision that delivered record traffic and tourism growth in Ireland in 2015. In Government Fine Gael has delivered policies that help develop tourism, we are now seeing the benefit of these at Cork Airport. Next we need the local councils and Failte Ireland to do their bit.

Posted under Cork, Cork City, Tourism, Transport

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