It’s been a long time coming.
Eight long years since planning was first granted, there’s positive news for Cork’s Event Centre today after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed “funding certainty” for the embattled €80m project.
Speaking from the Fine Gael annual think-in at Garryvoe Hotel in East Cork this afternoon, the Taoiseach reiterated an earlier statement made to Red FM’s Neil Prendeville by An Tánaiste Simon Coveney, who confirmed that there now is an agreed approach on the funding between all parties to build the Events Centre – subject to planning permission from Cork City Council, which is due on October 21st, 2019.
In August, developers BAM supplied City Hall with a Nature Impact Statement (NIS) detailing all of the measures set to be taken to protect two Cork Harbour conservation areas during construction.
Just 1300 days since the sod turning we MIGHT know slightly more about how it’s going to be funded tomorrow.
Some projects move at breakneck and then there’s the #corkeventcentre pic.twitter.com/gKvSlqaVJU
— Cork Event Centre* (@CorkEventCentre) September 12, 2019
A new planning application correcting what City Hall described as ‘dead frontage’ was also submitted last year.
The new plans featuring a ticket office and street-level LED screens on the southern side of the building.