Events centre request for €10m awaits reply

Events centre request for €10m awaits reply

The site of the proposed events centre off South Main Street. An extra €10m has been requested from government for the project. Picture: Denis Minihane

CORK City Council is still awaiting a response from the State in relation to an application for €10m in additional funding to keep the Cork Events Centre project alive.

Project developers, BAM, had previously requested €18m to add to the €20m of government money which had already been allocated.

However, it is believed that €10m was the maximum Cork City Council could request, without triggering a legal requirement to retender for the project.

The application is currently with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, having been submitted in early October.

City Council director of services, Pat Ledwidge, said there is no deadline or timeframe attached to the application.

“We don’t have a date by which they will come back to us. We’ve given them everything they need,” he said.

“There is no time limit by which they have to come back to us. We have submitted what they asked for and we are awaiting a response.

“They requested legal advice and we’ve given them that,” he added.

Culture Minister, Heather Humphreys, said there are “complex” legal and State aid issues related to the application.

“My department has allocated €12m to the city council towards the cost of the centre. This allocation is subject to a service-level agreement with the city council to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements in relation to major capital projects,” said Minister Humphreys.

“There are complex legal, state aid, and match-funding issues to be considered, in relation to this application, and the Department is engaging with the city council in relation to these,” she added.

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