My Priorities if Elected to Dáil Éireann

I am seeking your support in the upcoming general election to become your representative in Dáil Éireann.  Some of my priorities are:

  • Ensuring the constituency is competitive in attracting industrial investment, through the funding of road, water, and broadband infrastructure.
  • Securing extra supports for families who are providing care for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities.
  • Promoting the region as a tourism destination by supporting the local groups that are working on tourism sites, as well as the marketing of the region.
  • Seeking investment in education so all students can have access to permanent classrooms, and the most modern PE halls and science labs.
  • Providing social and affordable housing throughout Cork.
  • Pursuing a national fiscal policy that aims to reduce our national debt as well as build reserves to meet the challenges of the future.
  • Work to ensure sustainable incomes for farm families.

If elected I give you a guarantee that I will work hard on behalf of your community and the constituency.  Please give me your support on election day, so I can be a strong voice for you.

Community Enhancement Funding Announced

Eight local organisations are to benefit from funding under the Community Enhancement Programme.  The Community Enhancement Programme provides capital grants to community groups to help them enhance facilities.  Local organisations that have been provided with funding this year will be using the money to improve facilities through the replacement of windows, purchase of energy efficient heaters, and purchase of training equipment.  Well done to all!

The organisations to benefit are Kildorrery Scout Group, Castlelyons Pitch and Putt, Coolagown Development Group, Shanballymore Community Development Association, Shanballymore Community First Responders, Ballindangan Community Council, Castletownroche Tidy Towns, and Mitchelstown Ballygiblin Juvenile GAA.

Funding for Tidy Towns Welcomed!

Minister Michael Ring  has announced funding of €143,000 for Tidy Towns groups in County Cork.  This is the third year that Minister Ring has allocated money to support the work of Tidy Towns groups.  There is a total fund of €1.4 million, of which €143,000 will be provided to towns and villages in County Cork.

Towns and villages across North Cork benefit greatly from the work of Tidy Towns groups.  These volunteers improve the environment of our towns and villages.  It is appropriate that Minister Ring is providing financial support for these organisations to assist in their work.

€36,000 will be shared by 26 communities across North Cork.  Large Towns have been allocated €3,000; small towns €2,000; and villages are allocated €1,000.  The Department of Rural and Community Development will be writing to eligible Tidy Towns groups shortly to outline how they can avail of the funding.

O’Driscoll welcomes decision on History

I welcome the decision of Joe McHugh, the Minister for Education and Skills, to designate history as a core subject for the junior cycle.IMG_2613  In the context of the Decade of Centenaries, it was perplexing that the NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) would reduce history to the point where students may not study the subject after they enter post-primary school at the age of 12 or 13.  We are commemorating events in Ireland, including the participation of Irish people in World War I, the Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War.  These were complex events, and the causes and consequences are not simple.  A knowledge of history is important for people to understand this complexity. Continue reading

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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