Re: Re: Developments in Cork
The Cork Independent 11th Jan.2007
By Finbarr Cullen.
BERNARD v OWEN
BERNARD Allen has gotten rightly up the nostrils of the man changing the face of Cork city, glass box builder Owen Oâ€™Callaghan.
Allen complained that the Horganâ€™s Quay development would not include a conference centre and, that if the thing were ever built, it would be ten years down the line by which time Limerick will have pipped Cork with its own plan for an 8000 seater centre.
Weâ€™ll be left with nothing, moaned Bernard, as there wasnâ€™t room for two conference centers in Munster.
The northside deputy alleged that the emphasis was on residential and commercial units at Horganâ€™s Quay because they brought in more bobs – not on a conference centre.
He also took a swipe at the â€œpromises weâ€™ve heard beforeâ€, such as the one concerning the Corpo owned land at Mahon that was sold with the proviso of an events centre being built but with a clause enabling the developer to get out of the obligation if he wanted to. He did and, according to Bernard, the Horganâ€™s Quay proposal was now going the same way.
Back came Oâ€™Callaghan to rebut Bernardâ€™s criticism. A centre at Mahon had not been economically viable, he proclaimed but, of course, like everyone else he was all for the idea on Horganâ€™s Quay.
As was City Manager Joe Gavin.
Significantly, however, Oâ€™Callaghan didnâ€™t say when at Horganâ€™s Quay the conference centre would go ahead neither now nor in the future.
Bernard it seems is right. The conference centre has been put on the long finger, a very long, long finger.
And Cork will lose out.