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Streetscape Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme 2019

Cork County Council‘s Streetscape Painting, Signage and Improvement Scheme has just been released for 2019!
This scheme is all about improving the look of town centres throughout the Ballincollig-Carrigaline Municipal District so if you are an owner or tenant of a building on the main street of the town centre in Passage West, Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy, Douglas or Ballincollig, you may qualify for a grant of up to 50% of the cost of painting your building facade and/or a grant of up to 50% for replacing plastic/neon signage with heritage signage. If you want to do the painting yourself, the scheme covers 100% of the cost of materials. If you can get your street or group of buildings to collaborate, a grant of up to 60% is available for facade painting. And if you have a more tricky 3-storey building, additional fund may be available to help you out.

The application form and guidelines are available at these links:

Application Form 2019 Paint Scheme

If you would like me to email them to you in Word format, please let me know. Or if you would prefer to fill out a hard copy, they will be available in the Passage West Post Office in the next couple of days.


Applications for the scheme for towns going into the City (Ballincollig and Douglas) are to be received by 24th May. Applications for towns staying in the County have a closing date of 28th June.  Areas to be included in the scheme are as follows:




Main Street (R608): West from the junction at Carrigdene to 100m west of Junction at Coolroe (Supervalu shopping centre), Bothar Saclay to Baker Street, including Chapel Gate, Time Square, Chapel Lane Row, Station Road from Main St to Baker Street & The Square.


Western side of R611:

Area South of Carrigaline Court Hotel to Church Hill/ Kilmoney Road junction.

Eastern side of R611:

Area South of Garda station to Church Hill/Kilmoney Road junction.


Douglas East, Douglas West, Church Road,  Church Street


R610 Cork Street through Beach Road to Carrigmahon Hill junction.

Railway Sreet.

Chapel Square


N28 From junction at Warren’s Court to junction at Shamrock Place

Main Street

Martello Park

This is a great scheme. If you have any questions at all, please ring 021-4285058/4285557 or email paintschemebcmd@corkcoco.ie.

My submission to An Bord Pleanála re. the proposed Morrison’s Island project

I had but 24 hours to put together a submission to An Bord Pleanála in respect of Cork City Council’s proposed flood defence/public realm works at Morrison’s Island.  I used all 24 of them and had I had 3 times that, could have used all of that too!  However, time being what it was, my submission had to be a distillation of my gravest concerns,  You can read them here: Submission to ABP.  It was hard not to also mention that which perplexes me most: with the finest minds from a multiplicity of disciplines advising that the Morrison’s Island project is not what is best for Cork, why are Cork City Council and the OPW not listening?  We can only hope that An Bord Pleanála will.


Independent Member, Cork County Council

All my life I have tried to make change.  Real change.  As a environmental consultant, when producing plans that had the potential to change people’s lives, my first step would always be to talk.  Talk to plant operators, factory workers, lorry drivers, farmers.  All those who were relevant to the plan I was commissioned to produce.  Because whilst the politicians pass laws and bye-laws, real workable change happens with people.

The same aim guided my ten years as an elected member of the Passage West/Monkstown Town Council.  Change was local, change was smaller, but change was real.  Real change takes a vision, hard work and time.

Change is important for one simple reason: to make people’s lives better.  I cannot understand a political system that isn’t guided by this principle.  Rhetoric simply does not replace fundamental decency.  I cannot stomach political parties debating real issues simply to score brownie points.  The stakes are too high.  I cannot abide the politician’s age-old art of avoiding a question.  We take it for granted now.  Why?

I cannot stand by while the politicians we have put into government destroy so many facets of Irish society.  On-the-ground local authority staff carrying out basic services have been decimated to the extent that basic community maintenance tasks are a challenge.  Class sizes in schools continue to increase, with teachers being removed from schools often in the middle of the school term.  How health workers in hospitals continue to smile is a testimony to their dedication, not to the increasingly inaccessibility to healthcare for all but those able to afford private health insurance.  Rural post offices are disappearing.  Garda stations in even sizeable towns are under threat.  Wages have decreased for most, but the price of every day living has sky-rocketed and taxes are being introduced on almost every facet of life.

Real workable change happens with people.  So to make real change happen, it needs to come from the people.  Politicians interested in people would aim for less centralisation of power by reducing the number of TDs to almost a management team while devolving power to a local level.  But the current government is about to remove the lowest and most accessible form of democratic representation – the Town Councils.  It has changed the electoral boundaries.  In some cases, these new electoral boundaries divide towns and villages with complete disregard for the concept of community identity.  Ironically, the governmental document in which these changes are outlined is boldly called “Putting People First”.

I cannot stand by and watch the opportunity for real, meaningful change being lost.  I am tired of politicians’ obsession with the “party”, the “system” and debating the issues whilst listening and responding to people – their real job – becomes merely protocol.  If honoured to be chosen to represent the Cork South Central constituency on May 23rd, my aim will be to help the people within communities to empower themselves.  After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.