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1,000 days since events centre sod-turning

Wednesday, 7th November, 2018 10:59am


Public representatives have criticised the continued delay over the Cork events centre on the 1,000 day mark since the sod was turned on the project.

Today marks 1,000 days since the sod was turned on the proposed 6,000 capacity project in February 2016 by Minister Simon Coveney and then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Speaking about the project, Solidarity TD Mick Barry described the continued delay as “1,000 days in which Simon Coveney and Fine Gael have failed to deliver for the people of the city”.

The €75 million project has been hit with numerous delays and false starts, including revised planning applications and a delays in agreeing funding between the Government, Cork City Council, developers BAM and promoters Live Nation.

Despite much commentary from public representatives, work has yet to begin on the site as high-level officials remain locked in talks over securing extra funding for the project, with legal advice needed on how much funding can be given.

Deputy Barry criticised the reason for the delay. “Construction of a State-owned events centre would have been a better option for the people of Cork, and it’s an option that will have to come back onto the agenda if the Minister’s latest delivery deadlines are not met.”

Sinn Féin TD Donncadh Ó Laoighre said: “We all want to see progress, and I hope we will, but we have long gone beyond farce here I will be raising this matter in the Dáil with the Minister for Arts today.”

A revised planning application for the project was submitted in August, but further information was sought by city planners last month, causing further delays to the project. Now, legal talks about securing more public funds for the project are ongoing and need to conclude before the project moves forward. 

In the meantime, work has powered ahead on the other areas on South Main Street. These include the current construction of a student apartment block, while work recently began on the historic counting house on the Beamish and Crawford site adjacent to the events centre site.


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