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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 […]

Corruption in Our Councils

The following is the text of a talk given by Cllr Diarmaid Ó Cadhla on 19th February 2019 at a public meeting entitled: End Corruption at City Hall It is easy for us to call the dealings of City Hall corrupt, the evidence is all around us, unfortunately it escapes many who get fooled by […]

Community Grant Scheme

Guidelines for the 2019 Community Grant Scheme have been published, it is now being advertised, with a closing date of 4.00 p.m. on Friday 15th February. The link to apply is: https://www.yourcouncil.ie/service/Community_Fund_Application_2019 In 2018, Council operated a dual system, accepting both online and manual applications, as it was the trial year for the online system. […]

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 […]

Community Development Initiative 2019

€1.5 million grant available for Cork Community Groups Cork County Council, in association with their Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), are releasing monies as Phase 1 of a €3.5M fund with €500k from Cork County Council’s own funds being put aside on a yearly basis over seven years from 2016 – 2022.  The fund known […]

Cork County Council Arts Funding Opportunities Announced

There are a total of eight schemes with funding available to support a wide range of Arts activity, providing opportunities for Arts Organisations, Festivals Community groups, Schools  and Artists seeking funding for projects and activities in 2019. Announcing details of the funding opportunities, Cork County Council Chief Executive Tim Lucey said “Local Authority funding of […]

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?

There is a very serious problem with rental properties being below standard.

Last year I got the figures from Council which revealed a 96% failure rate, out of 756 properties inspected 733 failed.