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Taoiseach establishes Cork Docklands Development Forum

An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern T.D., at a briefing session  (November 2007)

City Manager, Joe Gavin, Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan, An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern T.D., Minister Michael Martin T.D. and Cllr Tony Fitzgerald in the Lord Mayor's office at a briefing  session during An Taoiseach’s visit to appraise him of projects in the Cork area.

During a visit to Cork on Friday 23rd November 2007, the Taoiseach announced that he had formally established the Cork Docklands Development Forum, to be chaired by Professor Gerry Wrixon.

He said “The Forum is being established to oversee and drive development of the Cork Docklands Area by bringing together senior representatives of the key Government Departments with stakeholders from the local authorities, and the community and business sectors.”

“The regeneration of Cork Docklands was highlighted in the National Development Plan which recognised that the area has the capacity to accommodate an additional residential population of at least 15,000 people, to include a mix of both social and affordable housing units.  The regeneration of this area will also result in significant commercial activity with associated job creation opportunities.”  The Taoiseach said that he was delighted Professor Gerry Wrixon had agreed to chair the Forum and noted that it would meet early next month and report back to Government by June 2008.  The Terms of Reference and Membership of the Forum are available at the Docklands Website.

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