Taoiseach: Everyone wants to make Cork Events centre 'happen'

Taoiseach: Everyone wants to make Cork Events centre 'happen'
The Government cabinet meeting underway in Cork City Hall this morning.

THE future of the events centre was not on the agenda at the cabinet meeting held in Cork City Hall today.

Speaking after the meeting, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar provided no updates on the future of the embattled project but said that meetings between key parties have taken place this week.

"Given that a number of key ministers and key officials have been in Cork for the past two days, we took the opportunity to have meetings with all the different players involved in this project and we're working on a solution to that," he said.

He said that the government still supports the project but is not the only player involved.

"It's a project that I really want to see happen. It will have an enormous benefit for this city, in terms of tourism, in terms of business and events.

"There's so many reasons why the Cork events centre is a good project and should be supported but it's not a government project on its own.

"It's a local authority project, the government is involved too and there are at least two major private companies involved. But there have been meetings in the last the past couple of days.

Everyone is around the table. Everyone wants to make this happen," he said.

City Hall chiefs have confirmed that an agreement regarding additional funding for the €80m project on South Main St has still not been finalised and construction will not begin under the current term of the current sitting council.

The government is still awaiting legal advice from two senior counsels on whether the extra funding would compromise the terms and conditions of the tender award for the project to developers BAM.

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