€70m concert venue is 'on track'
The Government has insisted a €70m concert venue aimed at giving Cork a rival to Dublin's 3Arena and Belfast's Odyssey will begin construction next month.
Defence Minister Simon Coveney vowed the project, earmarked for an old brewery site in the city's medieval quarter, will proceed despite concerns over protracted contract negotiations.
Cork City Council has admitted the contract talks are taking much longer than anticipated.
Heineken/BAM won a tender process to provide a 6,000-seat concert and conference centre at the former Beamish and Crawford brewery site. The venue got the go-ahead last December but no site works have started since.
"The State is committing €20m to the Cork Event Centre. There is €12m from the Government and €8m from Cork City Council. That is a done deal," Mr Coveney said.
"As you would expect, there have been commercial negotiations between BAM/Heineken and (US firm) LiveNation who are going to manage this centre. That was always going to take the summer months. I still say, in terms of activity on site, (it) will begin next month."