2nd December 2014
By David O’Sullivan
There has been a broad welcome to the news that the Cork County GAA board has received planning permission to upgrade Pairc Ui Chaoimh
Cork County GAA Board says it is delighted with An Bord Pleanala’s decision and the completion of the appeals process.
This is a really welcome decision for all those with an interest in Gaelic Games and sport. The redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh will provide top class facilities and meet present day expectations of players and spectators. It will ensure that Cork has a proper home to showcase Gaelic games and an infrastructure to develop young players into the future.
The decision is also a very important moment for Cork as it allows us to progress a project that holds out so many economic, recreational and community positives for the city and county. This is a €70 million project that will create some 400 direct and indirect construction jobs The new development will also address a deficit in Cork’s business and tourism infrastructure and create an ongoing economic dividend for Cork.
It should be remembered that a major fixture or public event at at Pairc Ui Chaoimh converts into tangible benefits for businesses in Cork, particularly for those in the hospitality sector.
Our aim is to commence the construction phase from February next, in consultation with our neighbours with whom we want to work closely in the years ahead. We look forward to working with them to ensure the stadium’s operations work smoothly and can be a resource for the local community.
Fine Gael comments
Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, has said today (Monday) the decision to grant planning permission for Páirc Uí Chaoimh is great news for Cork.
“I am delighted to learn that An Bord Pleanála has granted permission for the redevelopment. Páirc Uí Chaoimh is at the very heart of life in Cork and the improved stadium facilities and capacity will ensure its future is secure.
“This €70 million project will have many benefits for Cork. It will update an aged stadium and deliver a modern sport and recreational facility. In terms of jobs it will create 400 direct and indirect jobs, giving a boost of €22 million to the Cork economy.
“Government has committed to supporting this project with an investment of €30 million. As well as ensuring that the required finances are in place for this project, this commitment is an important capital investment in Cork. Together with the committed funding for an event centre, this Government is ensuring that large construction projects that will benefit our community for many years can go ahead.
“Páirc Uí Chaoimh is special place and this new development will allow more people to experience it on those great match days. It is expected that work on this project will begin in February 2015. During construction it is imperative that the GAA and the builders engage meaningfully with residents to address their concerns as they arise. When the new stadium is complete a formal process of dialogue should be established so that any issues about the use of the facility can be dealt with at the earliest possible tim