The possible sale of Ireland’s only oil refinery in Whitegate, Co Cork is back on the table despite parent company, Phillips 66, appearing to pull the plug on the sales process last year.
The US multinational energy company recently confirmed to Irish Newspaper, The Irish Examiner, that it is considering selling the refinery, which employs 300 people in East Cork, but again reiterating that that, longer-term, it expects that the “asset will be challenged”.
The ageing refinery’s future has been shrouded in uncertainty for a considerable period of time with little progress being made in terms of securing its longer-term future.
Phillips 66 are under a contractual obligation to the Irish Government to operate the facility until July 2016.
Cork City Council decided last night to seek a judicial review of “the administrative actions” of the Cork Local Government Review Group which has recommended a merger of Cork city and county councils.
This is also expected to be the first challenge to the constitutionality of government policy in relation to combining local authority areas.
Tonight’s council meeting was addressed by former Cork Local Government Review (CLGR) member Dr Theresa Reidy, following which it was agreed to mount the legal challenge.
She co-authored a “minority report” with fellow group member, Prof Dermot Keogh, opposing the merger recommendation which was presented to Environment Minister Alan Kelly last week.
Dr Reidy told councillors that it was clear from the review process that cities are engines of regional growth and “must have independent autonomous governance to drive economic development”.
A merged council would take decision making one step further from citizens, she said, although she did not elaborate on how this would be the case.
Business groups are divided over the proposal, with Cork Chamber of Commerce and Cork Business Association members taking opposing stands on the report.
Following a vote by parties in the Northern Ireland Assembly to reject a DUP proposal to adjourn the power-sharing institutions, Peter Robinson has resigned as First Minister and will be followed by other DUP ministers in a move that brings suspension or collapse of the Northern Ireland institutions a step closer.
Boston College are set to host Georgia tech in their opening game of the 2016/17 American College Football season.
This will be the third American college football game in 5 years to be staged in Ireland. Today’s announcement that the Aer Lingus College Football Classic between Boston College and Georgia Tech will take place in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016, was made by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny at Dublin’s Mansion House
Aer Lingus was announced as Title Sponsor with Tourism Ireland, Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council are also supporting the game.
Ireland is to host the 2017 Womens Rugby World Cup, it was announced today. The competition will be held at venues in Dublin and Belfast.
At the time of entering their bid to host the tournament, the IRFU said it intended to host the pool stages at UCD before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen’s University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill.
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.”
Cyber security firm, Malwarebytes, is to open its HQ for Europe, Middle East and Africa in Cork, it was announced this morning.
Marcin Kleczynski , Malwarebytes founder and CEO, said Cork would play a “central role” in the company’s expansion.
“Cork has a deserved reputation as a leading location for technology companies, with a talented workforce and established tech ecosystem, it gives Malwarebytes the opportunity to build a world-class team.,” he said.
Malwarebytes was founded in 2008 and will initially provide 50 new jobs as it establishes the Cork operation over the next 3 years.