O’Driscoll Meets with Minister for Education

20181031_135118Last week I met with the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh, at the Department of Education offices in Tullamore.  I requested the meeting to raise a number of issues regarding schools in North Cork.  These included the ongoing work to the extension at Coláiste an Chraoibhín (Fermoy), the need for a new PE Hall in St Colman’s College (Fermoy), and the need for an extension to Coláiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire (Buttevant). Continue reading

Future of Irish Agriculture – Pa O’Driscoll

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With Cllr Kay Dawson, John Coughlan IFA, Minister Michael Creed, Pa O’Driscoll and Jim Wolfe Dairygold CEO

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, spoke about negotiation for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) going in to 2020.  He stated that CAP has been “a policy capable of responding to challenges of any given time”.  The Irish government have concerns about the budget for CAP in the future.  This concern is shared by 19 other EU states, who are working together to protect the current level of funding.  Minister Creed also referred to the likelihood of further convergence and the level of capping that may be imposed from 2020.  On Brexit Minister Creed said “the deal, no matter how good, will not be as good as the deal that currently exists”. Continue reading

Minister Creed to address meeting on Agriculture

Pa O’Driscoll, Fine Gael candidate for the next general election, has organised a public meeting on the future of agriculture.  The meeting will be held next Monday, October 22nd, at 8pm in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown.  The meeting will be addressed by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Dairygold CEO Jim Woulfe; and John Coughlan, IFA Munster Regional Chairman. Continue reading

O’Driscoll welcomes funding for Mitchelstown and Charleville

Pictured with Cllr Kay Dawson

Pictured with Cllr Kay Dawson

Fine Gael general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll has welcomed the funding provided to Mitchelstown and Charleville under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.  The funding was announced by Minister Michael Ring, with €164,800 allocated to develop age friendly features in Mitchelstown, and €100,000 allocated for the enhancement of Charleville

Fine Gael in government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland.  Continue reading

Minister Creed to attend public meeting on the future of agriculture – O’Driscoll

Pa O’Driscoll, the Fine Gael general election candidate for Cork East, will be hosting a public meeting on the future of Irish agriculture on Monday, October 22nd in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown. Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will be attending to address the meeting on issues such as the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, and Brexit. Continue reading

O’Driscoll welcomes vote on directly elected mayors

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Pic Diane CusackFine Gael general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll has welcomed the decision of the government to hold plebiscites on whether to introduce directly elected mayors for Cork City, Limerick City and County, Waterford City and County and Galway City and County.  The plebiscites will be held on the same day as the local elections in May 2019.

Local government needs to be strengthened.  The last two decades has seen an erosion of the role of local government, with more and more powers being taken from local authorities by central government.  There has been plenty of talk about reforming and strengthening local government, but very little has been achieved. Continue reading

Deadline approaches for €40M Sports Capital Programme 2018 – Pa O’Driscoll

The registration for the 2018 Sports Capital Programme will close at 5pm this Friday October 5th, 2018. Any organisation wishing to make an application under the Programme must be registered on OSCAR by that time. The application must then be submitted by October 19th, 2018.

€40 million has been made available for this years Sports Capital Programme. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, national governing bodies of sport and local authorities. Third level colleges, VECs and schools may also apply for funding jointly with sports clubs. Continue reading