Fermoy and Mitchelstown deliver Safety and Scenery through Project ACT

Under Cork County Council’s Project ACT initiative, town teams in Fermoy and Mitchelstown are introducing a range of measures which are enhancing the safety, accessibility and appearance of their towns, supporting communities and driving economic activity.

The Town Teams include elected members of Cork County Council (Fermoy Municipal District (MD) Cathaoirleach Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, Cllr. Noel McCarthy, Cllr Deirdre O’Brien, Cllr Frank Roche, Cllr Kay Dawson and Cllr William O’Leary), business and community representatives including Fermoy Forum, Fermoy Resource Centre, Fermoy Tidy Towns, Members of the Vintners Federation, Mitchelstown MBA, Mitchelstown Enterprise Board, Mitchelstown Community Council, representatives from the hospitality sector, Mitchelstown Age Friendly Committee and members of An Garda Siochána, working together to identify key initiatives that best suit the interests of the local community.

To date, actions taken include a deep clean and decluttering of public spaces and footpaths, footpath repairs, replanting of flowerbeds, reassignment of public space for pedestrians and businesses, additional road and pavement markings and the designation of new Age-Friendly car parking spaces. Town Teams are also working to identify suitable areas for the addition of new street furniture.

Car parks in Fermoy where charges normally apply are currently free until 1st August 2020 and residents who hold Parking Permits in the areas where street parking has been reduced are encouraged to park their vehicles in the car parks when possible, to help support accessibility and social distancing.

Cork County Council has €110,000 Town Development funding available to Fermoy MD for the enhancement and upgrade of Fitzgerald Place / Market Place and Waterloo Lane, upgrading the pedestrian crossing at Mill Island Car Park and the Fermoy Painting Scheme. In Mitchelstown, the fund will support accessibility improvement works at St. George’s Arts and Heritage Centre, a public lighting upgrade, laneway at Lower Cork Street, footpath repair work and the Mitchelstown Painting Scheme.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley congratulated the local community for working alongside Cork County Council to achieve these many improvements:

“Measures taken in Fermoy and Mitchelstown show how effectively a community can respond and adapt to challenges through collaboration. Our ability to come together and do what we can to improve our towns and villages is one of the greatest strengths we have in Cork and Fermoy and Mitchelstown are shining examples of this community spirit. We all have our part to play, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the measures put in place, support your neighbours and local businesses as we continue to rise to the challenges of Covid 19. We can do this by shopping locally, and supporting one another while adhering to public health advice.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey added:

“The works that have taken place in Fermoy and Mitchelstown, designed to deliver for the community and economy of the Fermoy Municipal District, have been made possible by the phenomenal contributions from, and cooperation of, everyone involved in the Town Team. This unprecedented level of collaboration from all sectors of community life will be the platform for future growth and success throughout the region. Similar measures are taking place throughout the County, individually tailored to meet the needs identified locally to ensure the promotion of social distancing, maximisation of space for pedestrians and the enhancement of space for commercial activity. These measures show the resilience of our social and commercial spirit, and will foster growth for the County in these remarkable times.”

Cork County Council’s supports available to businesses were also outlined at Town Team Meetings, with representatives from the Council’s Local Enterprise Office and Economic Development and Tourism Directorate in attendance to provide advice and support. Cork County Council will support the Taste of Fermoy food festival and the Thomas Kent Symposium scheduled to take place later in the year, subject to social distancing and government guidelines.

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A total of 32 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – No further deaths reported today

Today the HPSC confirms a further 32 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,670.

No further deaths are being reported today.

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€7310 worth of Cocaine and Valium tablets seized in Cork City this morning

Gardaí have seized €7,310 of suspected drugs in Cork City on July 14, 2020.

At 11am Gardaí from the City Centre Policing Unit were carrying out a plain clothes patrol, targeting street level drug dealing, when they saw a man carrying a suitcase in Bishop Lucey Park.

The man, aged in his 20s, was stopped and found to be in possession of €6,370 of cocaine, 120 valium tablets worth €240 and a weighing scales.
Whilst dealing with this incident a woman, aged in her late teens, approached Gardaí and became aggressive. She was also searched and was found to be in possession of 350 tablets of valium worth €700.

The man was arrested and brought to Bridewell Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

The woman was brought back to Bridewell Garda Station for the purpose of a further search but was not arrested. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

All of the suspected drugs will now be sent for analysis.

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‘We Are Cork’ Youth Challenge launched

With summer 2020 in Ireland being a very different experience, a unique challenge has been put to the young people of Cork to encourage them to engage in focussed, positive and fun activities, which will reward them for achieving personal goals and developing new skills.

Cork Education and Training Board (CETB), in partnership with Cork City Council and Cork County Council, is piloting the We Are Cork Youth Challenge for Summer 2020 to give young people and teenagers an opportunity to jump into a fresh skill or develop existing talents.

Some 30 challenges across music, arts, society, environment, sport and technology have been set, with registered participants asked to complete 20 tasks over the summer months and record their experiences for others to see. A special commemorative medal, from the Lord Mayor and County Mayor will be given to each successful participant, with IT prizes also up for grabs for the most creative and exciting challenges.

We Are Cork Youth Challenge kicked off on June 22nd and currently there are close to 200 young people registered for the challenge, which is expected to continue to grow. The Challenge aims to provide young participants with opportunities to focus their energies on positive activities throughout the summer and the creativity and engagement seen from young people is exceptional.

CETB devised the We Are Cork Youth Challenge in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Music Generation, Cork Sports Partnerships and others, in response to the Covid-19 crisis. It is hoped that thousands of Cork teenagers will get involved and focus their energies and have some fun in the process. CETB funds over 14 organisations to provide youth services throughout Cork city and county, as well as allocating grants to voluntary youth clubs and organisations, with the aim of achieving better outcomes and brighter futures for children.

CETB Youth Services issued the first participant newsletter, “News Zone” to all participants last week with the second newsletter being released today. This encourages further engagement and will showcase some of the fantastic challenges being undertaken on a weekly basis. Interested participants or potential participants can follow daily updates on CETB social media channels.

CETB Chief Executive, Denis Leamy, pointed out that all who take part and complete the challenges will earn a special edition commemorative medal, from the Lord Mayor and County Mayor. “Travel restrictions, the widespread cancellation of summer camps and traditional summer activities have made this a very different summer holiday experience for many young people. CETB has moved quickly to help fill the void, and I urge as many young people as possible to participate,” added Mr. Leamy.

The We Are Cork Youth Challenge will involve young people uploading videos of their challenges completed to Microsoft’s free, easily accessed and secure FLIPGRID app and social media channels which will be moderated by CETB. Engagement increased greatly last week on the Microsoft Flipgrid platform, with over 120 challenges completed by young people across the city and county, along with over 30 hours of Challenge engagement.

For more information on the We Are Cork Youth Challenge, contact [email protected].

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Cork City Council calls on young and old(er)! to kickstart discussions on the future of Cork

A webinar on how Cork can learn from international cities of comparable size and a young person’s photo completion are just two of the events in train to stimulate discussion around the upcoming City Development Plan.

Cork City Council has launched the preliminary consultation process for the preparation of the vitally important City Development Plan (CDP) 2022-2028 which will provide the framework for how the city will grow and develop in the coming years.

This month’s event is the first of two public engagement webinars organised to kickstart discussion about the future of Cork. The focus of this webinar, on Thursday July 23 at 7pm, will be about learning from international experience, with a clear focus on cities of a comparable size to Cork.

Overseas speakers include Professor Wolf Daseking who was  Director of City Planning for Freiburg in Germany for 25 years, during which time he oversaw the transformation of the city into a model of sustainable excellence as recognised by the Academy of Urbanism’s ‘European City of the Year’ award in 2010.

UK-based  transport planner, Andreas Markides will also be providing his substantial sustainable transport learnings and talking about how creating attractive people-friendly streets and spaces is at the heart of creating successful compact cities.

The event will be moderated by will include an introductory speech from, Brendan O’Sullivan, Director of Programme, Centre for Planning Education and Research, at University College Cork.

A photo competition – one for primary school children and a second for secondary school children – has also been launched. Young people are invited to submit a photo showing what makes Cork City a great place to live and help us ensure that Cork continues to be a great place in the future as it grows and develops. You can simply submit an entry by 21 August 2020 to www.consult.corkcity.ie/en/content/cork-city-development-young-people’s-photographic-competition.

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh said: “We really want to hear your views on how Cork should develop. Cork is early in its journey to become a city of sustainable urban growth,  a true counterbalance to Dublin. But this city doesn’t belong to me, to councillors or to people working in City Hall. This is  ‘Our City – Our Future’ and so we’d love if you join the webinar and also encourage young people you know to start thinking about what they want in a future Cork and to grab a camera and get out and start snapping what is good about ‘my Cork City’.”

A detailed issues paper document, which sets out the city’s opportunities and challenges in the coming years, is available at www.corkcitydevelopmentplan.ie , at Cork City libraries and by appointment at the Planning Counter at Cork City Hall. A submission on the plan can be made as part of this initial public consultation from June 26 until August 21 2020.

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A man has been arrested, and €1,550 of suspected Cocaine and Heroin seized in Cork City last night.

Gardaí have arrested a man and seized €1,550 of suspected cocaine and heroin in Cork City on July 13, 2020.

Shortly before 10pm Gardaí from the City Centre Policing Unit in Cork city, assisted by the Armed Support Unit, executed a search warrant at an apartment on Cove Street.

During the search Gardaí seized €1,250 of suspected heroin and eight wraps of suspected heroin worth €300. Gardaí also seized a weighing scales and a mobile phone.

The suspected drugs will now be sent for analysis.

A man, aged in his 30s, was arrested and brought to Bridewell Garda Station where he is currently detained under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.

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A total of 11 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland – No further deaths reported today

Today the HPSC confirms a further 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Ireland to 25,638.

No further deaths are being reported today.

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Gardaí issue warning to never allow your bank account to be used by someone else

Gardaí are appealing to the public, particularly younger people, not to let anyone else use their bank account.

The warning follows an arrest made in West Cork last week in relation to suspected money laundering. The man, aged in early 20s, is believed to have allowed a large quantity of cash be lodged and transferred using his account. He was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and later released. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Situations like this normally involve a person known as a “Money Mule”. The practice usually involves criminals recruiting young people to help launder stolen or illegal money using their bank account – often unwittingly.

The chance to earn a “quick buck” is a tactic used by fraudsters to recruit money mules, who are promised a share of the proceeds in exchange for their bank account details.

A Money Mule is a person who transfers money illegally on behalf of other people. They allow their account to be used for the transfer of ill-gotten gains. They may or may not be aware of the crime. However, they are complicit if they recklessly allow their account to be used to launder the proceeds of these crimes. Young people are often targeted by organised crime gangs to act as money mules, laundering thousands of euro through their accounts in exchange for a few hundred euro.”

Anti-money laundering legislation is designed to prevent organised crime gang members from opening up accounts so they need money mules to launder their money. Students are an easy target for these “money herders”. They are often approached online, on campus, or while out socialising.

Crime Prevention Advice

  1. Do not allow anyone to use your bank account.
  2. Do not share personal bank account data.
  3. Do not send or receive money.
  4. Trust your instincts. If it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.

If you are approached to facilitate this crime. Say no and report the matter to Gardaí.

If you agree to allow your account be used in this way you are committing the offence of money laundering. Money laundering is a serious offence which on convictions carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. This will have a serious impact on your future travel plans, career opportunities, vetting and credit ratings.

For more crime prevention details on this, and other topics, please see www.garda.ie

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Cork County Council’s COVID-19 Community Emergency Fund Scheme Open for Applications

Cork County Council, as part of its COVID-19 Community Support Programme, established an emergency fund for groups across County Cork assisting in the response efforts to COVID-19. Following the previous allocation of €70,757 to groups across the County in June, a second round of funding is now open for applications.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Cork County Council has been working with a range of community support and advocacy agencies to administer tangible and financial support to communities, facilitating collection and delivery of vital supplies, meals on wheels, friendly call services and transport, among other vital services. As our communities being to reopen and many emerge from cocooning, it has become apparent that the supports required by these communities are changing.

Groups and organisations are invited to apply through an online application process for the fund at www.yourcouncil.ie. Priority will be given to groups incurring expenditure in the course of addressing social isolation, community support and engagement, for example re-opening of community facilities.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley acknowledges the invaluable role that community and voluntary groups have played in the Covid-19 response, saying:

“Community and voluntary groups across the county have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 crisis to adapt their services and ensure that the vulnerable in our communities have been looked after. I’m glad to see the announcement of this second round of funding to help with reopening of facilities and resumption of services, as we emerge from a period of physical and social isolation for so many.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, says:

“The success of Cork County Council’s Community Support Programme has been achieved with the help of a number of groups, each of whom have gone above and beyond since the beginning of this crisis. We recognise the evolving challenges faced by many, as we move through the phased reopening of our economy and society. This funding is tailored to help these groups adapt their services to the future requirements of re-opening and to help them continue their work in the interests of the community.”

Cork County Council’s online application is now open at www.yourcouncil.ie and groups can apply until 5pm on Friday August 14th 2020. For more information, please contact Cork County Council’s Community Support Programme at 1800 805 819 or email [email protected]

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County towns set to benefit with almost €1 million of various active travel and public realm works

As a result of Covid 19 and its impact on all aspects of living and working, Cork County Council, under Project ACT and with support from the National Transport Authority (NTA), will be introducing a wide variety of on-street measures designed to assist citizens and businesses in managing the new circumstances arising from social distancing requirements and altered travel patterns.

Almost €1 million in funding has been approved from the NTA to carry out a number of enhancements across Cork County such as additional footpath widening, one-way systems to create space for footpath widening, potential street pedestrianisation where this supports business activities, additional temporary facilities for cyclists and the altering of traffic signal times to reduce pedestrian waiting/crowding plus the automatic activation of some pedestrian phases in order to aid pedestrian movement. Cork County Council’s Area Engineers are currently preparing the associated design options for various measures across towns and villages.

Commenting on the funding approval, Mayor of Cork County, Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, said:

“The crisis brought about by the arrival of COVID-19 has affected all our lives and the way in which we work, socialise and communicate. Cork County Council’s Project ACT aims to create the right environment in our towns and villages that makes people feel safe and allows businesses to trade.We all now realise the ‘value of local’ and should do everything we can to support what is on our doorsteps.”

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey went on to say:

“Under the Council’s Project ACT, Town Teams have undertaken a number of measures to date such as additional planting, cleaning and general improvements to promote regeneration and business growth across Cork County in the aftermath of Covid 19. With NTA funding now available to county towns and villages, further infrastructure arrangements will be carried out in order to provide the greatest possible support to our local economy.”

As businesses continue to re-open, Cork County Council is encouraging owners to continue to avail of the suite of supports that have been made available to help them. These include the Restart Grant, trading on-line vouchers and expert advice available through the Council’s Local Enterprise Offices.

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