City chief Doherty is sure of docklands development 

City chief Doherty is sure of docklands development 
Ann Doherty, Chief Executive of Cork City Council. Picture: Gerard McCarthy

CORK'S dockland development is no longer a dream but a reality, according to the chief of Cork City Council.

Consultation on plans for the area began last week, with ambitious proposals for new homes, offices and, even, light rail all mooted for the coming decades.

Work has already started on the next major office development in the area, with more expected in the coming months.

City chief Ann Doherty said, "It is not a dream. Some elements of the plan will take years but they are a reality. These are all major pieces of confidence for Cork."

She pointed to One Albert Quay, Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the recently-started Marina Park plan, all of which prove that the plans are a reality.

Central government funding has been secured to complete preparatory works on several sites in the area, with hopes that the Eastern Gateway Bridge plan may be revisited in the coming years.

Ms Doherty said, "What is important is that the State is not intervening in building these offices - the private market is doing it and it is showing demand.

"For developers, I know accessing funding can be an issue but what we can do is provide the infrastructure to facilitate other works and that is what we are doing."

High-speed transport solutions, such as rapid bus corridors or light rail, are all part of the longer term ambitions for the area, which is expected to be home to thousands of people and jobs over the coming decades if plans are realised.

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