Green Party will try and stop "butchery" of Cork flood scheme

Green Party will try and stop "butchery" of Cork flood scheme
The Green Party team running for seats on cork City Council next year; Mark Cronin, Colette Finn, Dan Boyle, with Senator Grace O'Sullivan, Lorna Bogue and Oliver Moran pictured on Parliament Bridge. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Yesterday, the party held its campaign launch in Callanan's Bar on George's Quay. 

Mr Boyle will contest the South-Central ward, while the party's 2016 general election candidates Oliver Moran and Lorna Bogue will contest the North-West and South-East wards, respectively. First-time candidates  Mark Cronin and Colette Finn will run in North-West and South-West.

The Green Party has not had a City Councillor in Cork since Chris O'Leary left the party before the 2009 local elections. 

Dan Boyle speaking at the Green Party launch in Callanan's Bar, Georges Quay. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Dan Boyle speaking at the Green Party launch in Callanan's Bar, Georges Quay. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Mr Boyle said that having Green Party representation would make a serious difference to the makeup of the Council Chamber when it came to votes on issues like the flood relief plan, which he described as one of the OPW's "worst works of butchery".

"This is not the type of butchery we should be bringing to Cork. We should be protecting the river.

"We are offering people a team of five that will radically change the mathematics as to how the votes on the flood relief plan have gone in the past.

"I can't stress that enough, how strong as a Green team we want to be in the next city council in rejecting the type of thinking that has brought about the OPW plan," he said. 

He said that Cork should be developing its heritage and the things like the river that attract tourists and benefit locals. 

"We need to develop her heritage in the city That's not being articulated enough in the current city council. We want to articulate it stronger in the next city council," he said. 

He said that the new wards suit the Green Party candidates as there is more seats per ward, but said that it is "scandalous" that more seats were not added overall, despite 80,000 people coming under the City Council's jurisdiction.

Ms Bogue said that Ireland has one of the weakest local government systems in Europe, with very little economic power. She said that the centralised system makes Ireland more vulnerable to economic shocks, and less flexible locally.

"We know the limitations of these offices. We know the limitations, economically, that are there. But if you don't push back against that, things will always be the same.

"We're very much in favour of trying something different. Trying to see what we can actually push through and get done," she said.

She said the Greens would take a long-term approach to issues, pushing for investment in things like cycling now, so people can reap the rewards in the future. 

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