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European Commission President Barroso visits Cork Docklands

APRIL 2008 EU PRESIDENT

Left to Right:  City Manager, Joe Gavin, Cllr. Denis Cregan (partly obscured) (FG), Minister Micheál Martin, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Donal Counihan, Cllr. Damien Wallace (FF), Chair of the Docklands Policy Committee, President, José Manuel Barroso,  Cllr. Chris O'Leary (GP),  Cllr. John Kelleher (Lab) and Gerry Wrixon, Chair of the Docklands Development Forum, viewing a model of the Docklands on view to the public in the atrium of the City Hall Extension.

European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, visited City Hall, Cork on 18th April 2008 and met with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Donal Counihan, City Manager, Joe Gavin, Cork City Council's Party Whips and senior officials from the City Council's Docklands Directorate. Following a presentation in the Council Chamber on Cork City Council's regeneration plans for Docklands, President Barroso was taken on a tour of the area.

When asked if the EU would be supportive of favourable tax designation for the scheme he described the project as 'very interesting and exciting' and said 'I'm receiving information but I cannot pre-empt or prejudice what the decision will be. It seems to me certainly a very interesting project, sustainable urban development. Now we have to see the compatibility with our own rules and see if we can support it.'

Minister Micheál Martin who accompanied the President on his visit said that the Irish Government was 'very happy with the constructive engagement' with EU officials.

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