Cork needs science park says Lord Mayor

Cork City Councillors have again heard how “17 thousand jobs” can be created in Cork’s version of Silicon Valley.

It’s called the “Cork Science and Innovation Park” and will be located in Curraheen in the Western Suburbs.

There will be 100 short term construction jobs over the next 18 months. and “16 million euro” will be spent on construction on a green field site.

Both Cork City and County Councils are backing the plans, as are CIT and UCC.

City Councillors discussed the latest developments at their meeting last evening.

They heard how the design, planning and possible compulsory purchase of landwill be complete by the end of 2013, clearing the way for the first buildings.

The County Manager Martin Riordan has been quoted as saying that Curraheen will be “the Ringaskiddy of the future” for product research and development,

but Lord Mayor says it will not compete with existing business parks or industrial estates because it will attract a different type of tenant

John Buttimer spoke with our reporter David O’Sullivan

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