Cork save €1m in Pairc scheme
CORK County Board managed to get the local city council to knock over €1m off the price of nearly seven acres of land that they will be using to redevelop Pairc Ui Chaoimh and build an adjoining centre of excellence, WRITES Cliona Foley.
County secretary Frank Murphy reveals in his report to tomorrow's convention that the original asking price was €2.78m but the board managed to bargain it down to €1.6m, including a proviso that the GAA will develop parking on the area which will be shared jointly.
The next stage of the development will be a joint-planning application with the City Council, which is expected to take up most of next year.
Tomorrow's convention will see Bob Ryan replace Jerry O'Sullivan as Cork chairman and outgoing PRO Ger Lane take over from Ryan as vice-chairman.
Lane's replacement could yet make history as Tracy Kennedy (Killeagh) is contesting the position against John Corcoran of St Mary's. Cork has never before had a woman on its executive board.
Frank Murphy is staying on for his final year as county secretary. He had taken up the option of staying on, that was part of his original contract, for the last two years and that option was due to end this weekend. But a special sub-committee of the Cork board recommended that he be kept on.
Elsewhere, Longford County Board have confirmed that local timber processing firm Glennon Brothers have signed up as their new sponsors in a three-year deal.