Pictured above are Minister Simon Coveney; Hubert Fitzpatrick, CIF Director General; Joanne Treacy, CIF Head of Southern Region Services and Minister Michael McGrath. Pic: Brian Lougheed
Working together was the key message received at the recent CIF Cork Branch Annual Dinner.
The event, which was held at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Douglas, Co. Cork was attended by industry members, stakeholders and guests including Minister for Finance Michael McGrath and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Simon Coveney.
Both delivered very positive addresses to attendees, with a strong emphasis on collaboration with the industry to continue the development of the Cork region.
Minister McGrath commended CIF Director Conor O’Connell for his role as Director of Housing and Planning during this particularly difficult period.
CIF Cork Branch Vice Chairman Simon O’Keeffe delivered a message on behalf of branch Chairman Kieran O’Donovan, during which he spoke about the ambition shown in the Cork region over previous decades.
He stated the ambition shown in the past has allowed the Cork region to become a national and international success.
It is now a hub where five of the world’s top 10 pharma companies and some of the world’s biggest technological companies like Apple and Dell operate.
An abundant supply of land and properly serviced, ready-to-go sites are key to the investment that will allow the region to continue to build on the successes of the past and exploit new opportunities.
The prospects for the region and the industry are hugely positive on many fronts.
The emphasis now needs to be placed on continuing investment in the future as well as the achievement of more ambitious housing and infrastructural targets and plans.
There is a requirement to ensure all is done to see the necessary infrastructure delivered in a timely manner and use all mechanisms available to unlock zoned lands to meet current housing demand.
Attendees and stakeholders on the evening agreed that if the region’s infrastructure and housing aligns with Cork’s ambitions, the future will be bright for all.
Unilin kindly provided the sponsorship for this year’s event.