Coveney frustrated by latest events centre delay but insists project will be worth the wait

Coveney frustrated by latest events centre delay but insists project will be worth the wait
Work on the events centre site. Construction of student apartments continues but work on the events centre itself remains stalled.Pic; Larry Cummins

THE Tánaiste has admitted that further delays to the proposed events centre are frustrating.

However, Simon Coveney has said the individual objector to the project is entitled to appeal the planning decision and should not be lambasted for doing so.

A sole objector hand-delivered her appeal to An Bord Pleanala against the project just minutes before the deadline two weeks ago.

Her appeal centres on the archaeological and historical significance of the site, and has called for it to be a bigger feature of the overall design.

A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. 
A computer-generated image of the revised events centre plans submitted by Bam following a request by planners for further information. 

Speaking to The Echo over the weekend, Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “It’s now with An Bord Pleanala. They’ll need to make a decision if she chooses to maintain that objection, which is frustrating for people like me and lots of other people who want to see this happen sooner rather than later for the people of Cork.

“She has an entitlement to object. There’s a reason why we have a planning process. 

"It’s very transparent. It's very public. People have a right to put in observations and objections. This is a new planning application for a much bigger events centre than was originally envisaged for Cork and a much more expensive one,” he added.

Tanaiste Simon Coveney
Tanaiste Simon Coveney

However, the Cork South Central TD is satisfied the project will proceed.

“I’m confident that this process will conclude in the coming months, that we’ll have a financial package in place with Cork City Council, as a Government, to make this project viable, and I think we’ll see it built. I’ve been saying that for years,” he told The Echo.

“I know it’s gone on for a long time and I know people have been frustrated, but believe me, when this gets built it’ll have been worth waiting for. It’ll have a transformative impact in fact on a big part of the city,” the Tánaiste added.

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