Gardaí Out in Force to Protect Corporate Interests

Those defending the public Right of Way on Deepwater Quay were threatened with arrest this morning – there was never a question of arresting those who have bullied the local COMMUNITY for the last few years.

Busses Blocked on Deepwater Quay?

TENSION WAS HIGH on Deepwater Quay as busses were disrupted during the dispute with Port of Cork Company. Bullying and intimidation have been used repeatedly and the right to use the public amenity is dismissed as second to the interest of MONEY making by Port of Cork Company. The “Save Cobh’s Right of Way” group […]

Bollards Removed from Five Foot Way

Bollards recently installed on Cobh’s Five Foot Way, obstructing free usage of the Right of Way, were removed sometime over the August weekend. We interviewed members of Save Cobh’s Right of Way group about the ongoing efforts by Port of Cork  Company to privatise Deepwater Quay, and now the Five Foot Way as well. They […]

Cruis Liners used by Drug Cartels

OPEN BORDERS for Drug Cartels.  Recently 95kg COCAINE on board Cruise Liner Costa Favolosa had 4 people arrested in France, now she has come into #Cobh #Cork. Cruise Liners are being used by the #DRUG #CARTELS and our state is allowing it to be unchecked.   In FOUR years, observers have seen only one Customs check […]

Fund the Process, not the Parties

ELECTORAL REFORM: I’ve always liked the idea that everyone should have ‘an equal right to elect and to be elected’, that is fundamental in a democratic society. Is this what we have in Ireland, does every citizens have equal opportunity? Every year the established Political Parties received up to €15 million in state funding.  We […]

Tenants of Public Housing are Entitled to Privacy

In Ireland, tenants of Public Housing are treated as 2nd class citizens. The view is that Public Housing tenants somehow get something for nothing, so they must forfeit their rights and be grateful.   This view is confirmed by Cork County Council’s ongoing Rent Review (the same happens in all local authorities), which again imposes on […]

HPV Vaccine – Informed Consent Must be Facilitated

Last week Cork County Council refused to even discuss whether we should write to the Minister for Health asking him why the HSE doesn’t distribute the manufacturers Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) with the HPV vaccine in our schools. Here is a copy of the Notice of Motion they rejected. The entire debate around the HPV […]

Water Fluoridation Must Stop

There is continuing speculation that fluoride in public water is linked to cancer, osteoporosis and genetic damage – however scientists disagree on this argument. Last week at Council I was delighted to receive unanimous support for asking the Minister to clarify matters. Here is the Notice of Motion adopted at my proposal. The stated reason […]

Council Budgets – but Don’t Express an Opinion!

I had the experience of being ejected from the Annual Budget meeting of Cork County Council last week, because I refused to withdraw my expressed opinion that the Political Parties were manipulating Council policy. Here are the small amendments I wanted to propose to the Budget, however, my exclusion prevented this. I wanted to do […]

Are some Questions too Sensitive to Ask?

We need an Independent Inspections Agency! Local Councils are responsible in law for the monitoring and enforcement of the Minimum Standards in Rental Accommodation in their areas. There is a very serious problem with rental properties being below standard. Last year I got the figures for 2016 from Council which revealed a 96% failure rate, […]