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, … Continue reading “Are some Questions too Sensitive to Ask?”

Community Development Initiative 2016-2022

Funding for Community Development Projects is available via the following scheme, contact details for applications or further details are included below: Cork County Council – Local Community Development Committees Terms of Scheme: Total fund over 7 years is €3.5M. To be divided pro-rata amongst the confirmed Local Development Companies as outlined in Service Level Agreement. … Continue reading “Community Development Initiative 2016-2022”

The Politics of Private Member Clubs?

The foundation of any democratic system is that it should affirm and defend the rights of the people. Our own history has produced many documents declaring this, not least of which is the Proclamation of the Irish Republic in 1916. The Constitution of 1937 affirmed the right of the people “to decide all questions of national policy”. However, we … Continue reading “The Politics of Private Member Clubs?”

Censorship at Cork County Council

Attempt to Disallow Discussion on the Issue of War, Peace & our Neutrality This matter was challenged at the meeting of Cork County Council held on 23rd April 2018. A Notice of Motion had been submitted for the meeting but was excluded from the agenda on the ‘suggestion’ of the Mayor, as follows: “I don’t … Continue reading “Censorship at Cork County Council”

River Lee Walls Project – not a defense to flooding!

Observations or objections to the €6 million Morrison’s Island scheme closed on April 12th 2018. The following are the comments I submitted: Re: Morrison’s Island Walls Project I wish to submit the following in regards to the proposed scheme for Morrison’s Island: I consider that the system of river-side walls proposed are a mistake and … Continue reading “River Lee Walls Project – not a defense to flooding!”

Request to Cork City Council

*** Press Release *** Housing Crisis must be Declared as a National Emergency Members of City Council have been asked to join their colleagues in the County and declare the crisis in housing and homelessness to be an National Emergency. Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla has asked members of the City Council to grasp the opportunity … Continue reading “Request to Cork City Council”

We Declared a National Emergency for Foot & Mouth Disease!

PUBLIC STATEMENT Cllr Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, 12th Feb 2018 The adoption of today’s motion by Cork County Council does two things: Firstly, it calls on the Council’s management to come up with proposals to address the continuing housing crisis and homelessness – the local authority has a duty to represent the community, it cannot set … Continue reading “We Declared a National Emergency for Foot & Mouth Disease!”

Budgets Process Must be Transparent

In order to try to bring the otherwise cryptic budget process into the open, allowing members to understand its preparation and content and to participate in its construction, the following is proposed by Cllr. Ó Cadhla. Adoption of the proposal outlined below, and implementation (a separate task entirely), would represent an advance for democracy, the … Continue reading “Budgets Process Must be Transparent”

New arts funding measures for 2018 announced by Cork County Council

New arts funding measures for 2018 announced by Cork County Council Cork County Council has announced details of its Arts funding opportunities for 2018 and is now accepting applications to the following schemes ARTS GRANT SCHEME ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS SCHEME IRISH LANGUAGE ARTS ARTISTS’ FUNDING SCHEMES (open to practicing artists only) ARTISTS’ CREATIVE BURSARY INTERNATIONAL … Continue reading “New arts funding measures for 2018 announced by Cork County Council”