Tourism potential of North Cork shown in latest Fáilte Ireland figures

IMG_2029The latest Fáilte Ireland showed that Doneraile Park was the 7th most visited free attraction in Ireland, with 490,000 people visiting in 2018.  This shows the enormous potential for tourism to grow in North Cork.

The official opening of Doneraile Court last month will only add to the attraction of Doneraile Park for visitors.

The restoration of Annesgrove Gardens and the future development of Mallow Castle and the neighbouring grounds show that there are attractions in North Cork that can be used for the marketing or North Cork as a tourist destination. Continue reading

Affordable Housing announcement welcomed

IMG-20190808-WA0001The announcement from Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, of an investment of €84 million in Affordable Housing schemes across the country is a welcome development.  This initial investment will allow 25 projects to progress and deliver 1,770 affordable houses.

The delivery of affordable housing is essential if we are to relieve the pressure on middle income earners of affording a home.  This announcement will lead to the building of 1,770 affordable homes, with three sites progressing in the Cork East constituency.  Minister Murphy has committed that over 6,000 affordable homes will be funded by 2021.

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O’Driscoll welcomes clarification on Short-Term Letting

DSC_0422 RT MVX NEWI welcome the clarification from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on short-term letting.  O’Driscoll had raised the potential impact on tourist accommodation of the Fermoy Local Electoral Area (LEA) being designated a Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ) by Minister Eoghan Murphy.

The purpose of an RPZ is to limit rent increases to a maximum of 4% per year.  This is a good thing as it provides a level of stability for renters. Fermoy has seen substantial rent increases over the last two years, so this will help to reduce high rent inflation.  A second element of an RPZ is the effective banning of short-term letting in houses that are not a person’s principal residence.  Continue reading

O’Driscoll welcomes extra work permits for Dairy Industry

IMG_8287[1]The announcement that 100 extra work permits for the dairy industry are being made available for non-EU workers is welcome news.  There is a critical labour shortage in the agricultural sector.  Several dairy farmers have raised the issue with me, outlining how they cannot get access to labour for their farms.  The decision by Minister Heather Humphreys will go some way towards relieving the pressure on the dairy industry. Continue reading

Progress on the N73 and Mallow Relief Road welcome

img_e2207Progress is being made on works for the N73 and the Mallow Relief Road. The work on the N73 near Shanballymore will alleviate one of the major bottlenecks on the road. This stretch of the N73 is notoriously narrow, and the scheme to widen the road will make it safer for all who use it. The final documents are being prepared by the consultants to put the works out to tender. This is welcome news for those who have been advocating for this work over the last number of years. Continue reading

Real affordable housing must become part of the solution

IMG-20190808-WA0001Real affordable housing must become part of the solution

I am calling on the Minister for Housing to consider a new housing scheme for those who are unable to access social housing, affordable housing or private housing.  There is a steady increase in the number of social houses being built or purchased by the Local Authorities.  In Fermoy alone there are three schemes, the smallest of which has been built (6 units), while the Duntaheen site (46 units) and Crann Ard site (52 units) are progressing.  This is welcome news for those who are currently on the social housing waiting list. Continue reading

Fermoy as a Rent Pressure Zone

DSC_0422 RT MVX NEWThe inclusion of the Fermoy Electoral Area as a Rent Pressure Zone is a welcome announcement for those renting in the area.  The main aim of Rent Pressure Zones (RPT) is to give certainty to those who are renting, as rent increases are capped at 4% per year.  For those who have experienced large increases in rent over the last few years, this would bring some long-term stability to rent prices and allow them to plan for the future.

A second element of RPTs is the effective banning of short-term letting.  This was a particular problem in large urban areas such as Dublin, where landlords were moving their properties from long-term renting to short-term letting. Continue reading