Chambers to Fight for Cork Limerick Motorway

Cork and Limerick Chambers are to join Forces to campaign for the n20 between Cork & Limerick to be upgraded to a Motorway and become the M20.

The n20 is a highly significant commercial route linking the cities of Limerick and Cork and facilitating connectivity along the wider Atlantic Corridor.

While there have been repetitive discussions about upgrading the road to motorway status, all plans were shelved following the economic collapse of 2008 -2010.

In 2017, however, the new Government committed €1m in funding for Transport Infrastructure Ireland to re-start the planning process for the M20 motorway.

Seeing this development as a an opportunity to push for additional funding in the upcoming mid-term review of the national Capital Investment Plan, Cork and Limerick Chambers have joined forces and commissioned Indecon Economic Consultants and RedC research to assess the socio-economic benefits of upgrading the N20.



Transatlantic Flights from Cork Airport to launch in 2016?

The Irish Examiner are running a front page story this morning, (September 25th) which was broken by journalist Eoin English on twitter last night, regarding the impending announcement by Cork Airport of Transatlantic flights to launch in 2016.

If the story is accurate, the flights will be between Cork and Boston and will be operated by Norweigan Air.

This would be a major boost for Cork Airport coming hot on the heels of an announcement by CityJet of a new route between Cork and London City Airport.

Cork Airport is widely regarded as one of the most passenger friendly in the world and with EMC, a major employer in the region having its HQ in Boston, we expect the service will be widely supported.

The development will bring to 4 the number of airports to which you can fly to Ireland directly from the USA .

Fire Dublin Restaurant Open on Good Friday

It’s an age old tradition that licensed restaurants in Ireland shut their doors on 2 days per year; Christmas Day and Good Friday.

While the Christmas day tradition travels far and wide, the Good Friday closure is fairly unique to Ireland, often causing confusion and distress for tourists.

However, Fire, the restaurant at Dublin’s Mansion House have announced that they are bucking that trend this year and are going to throw their doors open to tourists and locals alike on Good Friday.

The lounge is open from midday, and the restaurant opens an hour later  until late. FIRE has announced a special menu of non-alcoholic cocktails, and carefully sourced non-alcoholic wines to complement the new, exciting menus.

Commenting on the initiative, Padraic O’Kane of Fire said “Tourism is enormously important to Ireland, Dublin and our business. We’ve a hard won reputation for a Céad Míle Fáilte, yet each year for one night, at the start of the vital tourist season, restaurants and bars are shuttered. We decided that this would be the year that we’d buck the trend, and throw open our doors.”

Read all about it here:

Cork Airport announces new route to Cardiff

Cork Airport has announced that Flybe will operate a new all year round twice weekly service between Cork and Cardiff, starting June 6th 2015.

The service will operate on a 118 seat Embraer 195 and will be Flybe’s first route from Cork Airport.

Aer Arann previously operated this route until its discontinuation several years ago. Its reinstatement by Flybe was welcomed by Cork Airport managing director, Niall MacCarthy; “This Cardiff route will be a significant boost to the local economy and provide a new destination for local businessmen and holidaymakers. At Cork Airport we have all been working extremely hard to provide our passengers with routes that will be beneficial for all.”

“This announcement is an exciting development for Cork Airport and we look forward to working closely with Flybe to develop our relationship and seek out further routes.”


Cork Airport’s leaky roof?

The aptly named Dublin Airport Authority, who still run Cork Airport, is taking legal action against two firms who were involved in the construction of the new terminal building in Cork.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has filed papers in the High Court against BAM Contractors (a Dutch Company) and Jacobs Engineering (An Americal company), both of whom were contracted to work on the terminal, which was completed in 2006.

According to the Irish Examiner is understood that the legal action has been triggered now before a 10-year warranty on the building expires at the end of the year.

The terminal is estimated to have cost in the region of €120million. The legal action, which relates to an alleged breach of contract, is understood to be focused only on structural issues with the terminal’s roof as leaks are among several problems which have affected the roof over the years.

The new terminal was built during Ireland’s property bubble, at the same time as scandals like the building of Priory Hall took place.


Heineken Cup semi final for Aviva Stadium?

In what could be a huge, and largely unexpected, boost for hotels near Dublin’s Aviva stadium, it has been revealed today that this year’s Heineken Cup final venue could also play host to a semi-Final if Ulster overcome Saracens in the last 8.

Toulon or Leicester Tigers will play the winners of this weekend’s quarter final with home advantage going to either Ulster or Saracens. Ulster have confirmed that if they have home advantage the game will be played at the Aviva.

Security Investment at Cork Airport

Southern Ireland’s Cork Airport is to spend €2.4m (approx $3m) on upgrading its luggage security screening system to meet new standards from the European Union.

Work on the upgrade will begin in February 2013 with full installation expected to be complete by May. Global specialist luggage systems company, Logan Teleflex, has secured the contract and the new equipment is due on site in February.

“This project is about Cork Airport’s compliance with the highest international security standards for hold baggage,” said Niall MacCarthy, a director at the airport. “The long term view is important in the airport business and significant planning is required to ensure that the airport’s systems are safe, secure and provide the best possible service to the thousands of passengers who use our terminal every day.”

Cork Airport’s luggage system catered for over 1.2 million bags last year (excluding carry-on luggage) and the airport said it expects modest growth in 2013.