Coveney and O’Driscoll host Brexit meeting in Fermoy

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Pa O’Driscoll, Cllrs Kay Dawson, Noel McCarthy and Tánaiste Simon Coveney

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

O’Driscoll welcomes National Sports Policy

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Pa O’Driscoll welcomes National Sports Policy, picture with

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

O’Driscoll selected to contest next General Election for Fine Gael in Cork East

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David Stanton, Deirdre Clune MEP and Pa O’Driscoll pictured at the Cork East Fine Gael selection convention

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