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
Fine 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
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
Simon Coveney made a visit to Fermoy Youth Centre on Monday night for a public meeting on Brexit and Ireland. The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs was invited by Pa O’Driscoll, the Fine Gael candidate for the next general election. Minister Coveney outlined the Brexit negotiation process to date, and then offered his views on the likely outcome next March when the UK leaves the European Union.
On a reassuring note Minister Coveney outlined that there are four main areas of agreement within the withdrawal treaty, of which three of these have been mostly settled. Continue reading
Fine Gael general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll has welcomed the publication of the National Sports Policy, which will guide the promotion and development of sports in Ireland up to 2027. The Policy aims to increase participation in sports, increase support for high performance athletes, and improve governance across the sporting sector.
The doubling of funding to €220 million over the lifetime of the plan is to be welcomed, so that Ireland is in a position to support more athletes who are competing on the international stage. The main benefit of the policy however is the prioritisation of increasing participation rates in sports. In the current climate where concerns are being raised about physical and mental health, this has the potential to bring positive benefits to the wider population. Continue reading
I was recently selected alongside Minister David Stanton to contest the next general election for Fine Gael in Cork East. I narrowly lost out on a Dáil seat in 2011 and served on Cork County Council until 2014, and I am looking forward to the campaign ahead.
There are many challenges to be faced in the coming months including Brexit, housing, CAP reform, the need for investment in water infrastructure, and climate change.
Fine Gael can be proud of its achievements in Government, but there are numerous challenges facing the country, and I will look to be an advocate for the people of Cork East on these issues. Continue reading