CORK’s outgoing Lord Mayor has said the developers behind the long-awaited event centre need to get on with the project or “get out of it”.
Lord Mayor Mick Finn has also criticised the Government for lack of action on the project and has called on Ministers to deliver the €3.5bn Cork 2040 transport strategy, the pedestrian bridge for Tramore Valley Park and the infrastructure necessary to service the development of the Docklands.
He referred to Government figures bemoaning the fact Cork people had rejected their proposal for a directly elected Lord Mayor of the city.
“We have heard criticism of the democratic decision against the directly elected mayor as a threat to Cork and Cork projects,” Lord Mayor Finn said.
“This is in the context of major projects vital for the future of Cork rambling on without decision amid political interference and intransigence by private developers. Government needs to earn people’s respect.
"People rightly, in my opinion, made a decision not to opt for a directly elected Lord Mayor because the information was so poor.
"If Cork is such a key to the 2040 National Development Plan, Government will have to start moving on projects rather than talking about them.”
He added he feels it was a “huge disappointment” that the event centre did not happen in the last council term.
“We as councillors and council have done what was asked of us: the developers now need to get on with it or get out of it.”
Event centre developers BAM is expected to deliver further information in relation to the planning application for the project before July 3, while the Government awaits confirmation on details around €9m of a €30m State funding package and whether this is a repayable loan.
The centre would provide a much-needed trading boost for the accommodation, retail, food, and drink business sectors in the city.
The first Lord Mayor of the new council will be unveiled at the first annual meeting of the new council on Friday evening at City Hall.