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”

God Operates in Ireland too!

An Taoiseach tells us that we have “one of the lowest levels of homelessness” compared to international standards, we are also told that “homelessness is normal”. But the latest shock revelation came while Conor Skehan, head of the Government’s Housing Agency, was being interviewed by The Journal.ie, they asked him what was an acceptable level of … Continue reading “God Operates in Ireland too!”

SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS

At the regular monthly meeting on 6th November Cllr Ó Cadhla asked that standing orders be lifted in order to to allow the Cobh Municipal District Council to consider the implications of last week’s RTÉ Primetime Investigates programme in so far as it relates to our municipality. Proposed resolution: “That this Council regards as scandalous … Continue reading “SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS”

Cork County Council is Guilty!

Last Thursday’s Primetime Investigates show exposed very well what some landlords are allowed to get away with, even in the face of undeniable evidence of their wrongdoing. The nightmare at No. 4 Harbour Hill in Cobh was revealed as part of the RTÉ programme; the tenant has no hot water, no shower, no cooking or … Continue reading “Cork County Council is Guilty!”

Demand Direct Investment in Public Housing

Government has opened Public Consultation on a review of it’s housing strategy – Rebuilding Ireland. Homelessness is at an all time high, families are in distress and the plans of Rebuilding Ireland are simply not solving the problem.  This review is an opportunity for citizens and communities to express their view, and this should be … Continue reading “Demand Direct Investment in Public Housing”

Housing Development for Ballynoe, Cobh

The following motions were put before the Municipal District Council meeting on July 11th by Cllr Diarmaid Ó Cadhla, they were all adopted. The Housing Proposal will eventually go before a full meeting of Cork County County, hopefuly resulting is a formal proposal going to Government for funding. It is important that broad public support … Continue reading “Housing Development for Ballynoe, Cobh”

Review of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’

NOTICE OF MOTION submitted for meeting of full Council on Monday 26th June 2017: “That this Council welcomes the commitment of An Taoiseach in his statement on 14th June, tasking the new Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government to review ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ within 3 months; including consideration of a greater quantity of Social Housing. … Continue reading “Review of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’”

Have they done their duty?

An article by Diarmaid Ó Cadhla With elections coming in May we need to ask whether we have been represented by our Council? Have we been consulted on the issues? have our preferences determined the policy of Council? The vote in these elections is to decide who we want to represent us… do we continue with … Continue reading “Have they done their duty?”

Do we know what Local Government is?

There are elections due in May… Politics these days is almost like a dirty word, it is associated with junkets, corruption, back-room deals, dishonesty, dynasties and generally something divorced from the people. It is a sad reality that today the vast majority of citizens are effectively excluded from our democratic process, we have no say … Continue reading “Do we know what Local Government is?”