Kieran’s Press

Selection of Kieran’s Cork City Council Work Related Newspaper Quotes with Links:

28 July 2020, Cllr McCarthy said that whilst he is “impressed” by the winning design, he would like to see some changes made to better incorporate the city’s history, Cork city councillor gives update on Bishop Lucey Park redevelopment,
https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-city-councillor-gives-update-on-Bishop-Lucey-Park-redevelopment–662cc586-6f4e-4a9f-8a6e-ec0756da16e7-ds

12 July 2020, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy has called for a proper survey and proper test trenches to be carried out”, Bessborough survivor: ‘We know where the children’s burial ground is‘, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Bessborough-survivor-We-know-where-the-childrens-burial-ground-is-56b44198-0c74-4dd6-a48d-dff93b73de86-ds

22 June 2020, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy also raised his concerns about the process and said councillors representing the people on the ground have been ignored”. ‘Shock and disappointment’: An Bord Pleanála grants permission for controversial development in Cork against wishes of councillors, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Shock-and-disapointment-An-Bord-Pleanala-grants-permission-for-controversial-development-in-Cork-against-wishes-of-councillors–ec948405-953b-4292-9420-fc8726615178-ds

19 June 2020,Cllr Kieran McCarthy said it is “shocking” that the Cork City Council vote is not even mentioned in the An Bord Pleanála decision report. “It’s like our legal powers don’t even matter and are being dismissed,” he said. Cork councillor anger after planning decision for Blackrock apartments overturned, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-31006286.html

3 June 2020, “I do realise it’s a working forest, but with more houses being constructed in upper Rochestown, I am calling on Coillte to consider the plans they rolled out in Dublin be also applied to Cork City,” said Mr McCarthy.Coillte asked to see the wood for the trees at Garryduff, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-31003171.html

25 May 2020, “The piece has garnered significant attention online, including from Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy, who lauded it as a “fabulous creative piece”,Cork artist honours nurses with a powerful painting outside CUH, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-artist-honours-nurses-with-a-powerful-painting-outside-CUH-de63d4f6-c498-4bb9-bc1c-c93d3b24dde1-ds

6 May 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said that the council was keen to speak with traders, and said that clusters of traders from particular areas should contact the local authority to discuss plans for the city. Plans to pedestrianise Cork city streets revealed as businesses look at how they will re-open,

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Plans-to-pedestrianise-Cork-city-streets-revealed-as-businesses-look-at-how-they-will-re-open-e86995f0-55d7-41f5-b7d6-5c3369cdf5e2-ds

15 April 2020, “Cllr McCarthy said he has suggested setting up a post-coronavirus economic committee to look at safeguarding the city centre, but it was too early to know what could be done. “Debenhams is a prime site. It has a lot of potential, the idea of breaking it into mini department stores needs to be considered”. ‘Breaking it into mini department stores needs to be considered’; Future of Debenhams on City Hall agenda, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Breaking-it-into-mini-department-stores-needs-to-be-considered-Future-of-Debenhams-on-City-Hall-agenda-9cc63092-ccbc-4d8b-bd57-6013aded163a-ds

16 March 2020, Historian, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who spent almost a decade lobbying for its repair and restoration, watched from the riverbank as the engineers worked: “It’s actually really exciting. And in fairness to the workers, they are doing their best at social distancing while finishing off the job. They have done a fantastic job — it looks great. It looks fresh, but still retains that sense of an old-world”. Cork’s Shakey Bridge returns as last restored section installed, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30988275.html

23 March 2020, “Providing homes is very important, but I have concerns about putting homes on industrial sites. It should be about place-making and sustainability, not housing in any location at any cost, Cllr Kieran McCarthy said.” Cork City councillors approve plan for social housing units, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30989689.html

12 February 2020, “The figures were released by the council’s director of housing in response to queries from councillor Kieran McCarthy at February’s city council meeting”, Cork City Council spends more than €4m to tackle homelessness, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-City-Council-spends-more-than-4m-to-tackle-homelessness-6be685de-a4f4-48ca-ae4e-601d0edb4510-ds

6 February 2020, “Independent Cork City Councillor Kieran McCarthy says there are many tourist signs around the city centre that are dated and run down. Many tourists are unable to navigate the signage currently in the city. There are few useful orientation tools at arrival points in the city”. Council gets more than €400,000 to update tourist signage in city,https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Council-gets-more-than-400000-to-update-tourist-signage-in-city-9f733caa-ce25-4149-8d6f-7fad0ff5d682-ds

5 February 2020, Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the new 7% levy for derelict sites is “not scary enough” and needs to be increased substantially. Mr McCarthy said for sites that have been lying idle over ten years, the levy should be more like 21%. Only 30% of levies imposed on derelict sites have been collected by City Hall. https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Only-30-of-levies-imposed-on-derelict-sites-have-been-collected-by-City-Hall-1a52ed7b-e9be-44c5-bffe-210eee557a82-ds

1 February 2020, “Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy says he has long been an advocate of a large-scale visitor attraction in the city’s dock’s area. “It is great that there is a proposal for the bonded warehouses, which are almost two hundred years old and for me are important to mind. It seems there is more willingness in the last few months to develop a maritime-themed visitor centre”. Cork’s Custom House floated as venue for new visitor centre; Site already earmarked for 34-storey hotel, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Corks-Custom-House-floated-as-venue-for-new-visitor-centre-Site-already-earmarked-for-34-storey-hotel-3610322d-03da-4784-975c-d751eef25cd0-ds

29 January 2020, Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy described the mast as “intrusive and ugly” and said the process governing their installation must be reviewed. This loophole needs to be urgently fixed”, he said. Calls for review of legislation which allows erection of ‘intrusive’ masts without planning permission.  https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30978534.html

17 January 2020, “According to Cork city councillor Kieran McCarthy, who is a member of the EU’s Committee of the Regions, the city council’s involvement in the MMIAH project has been a great learning curve for all involved. He said that the wider aims of MMIAH were able to fit within wider tourism and urban regeneration and enhancement proposals in Cork City”. Elizabeth Fort a stronghold of city tourism with help of EU funding,

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Elizabeth-Fort-a-stronghold-of-city-tourism-with-help-of-EU-funding-a15a6a83-b059-4e82-958b-8588947a3b6c-ds

3 January 2020 Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy has called for a dedicated Cycling Officer to be put in place for Cork city. “We need to create a stronger cycling strategy. For me, we are only scratching the surface with the potential of cycling in the city. Cork cycling infrastructure moving at ‘snail’s pace’; Coke bikes falling into disrepair, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-cycling-infrastructure-moving-at-snails-pace-Coke-bikes-falling-into-disrepair-3f41fbe5-cb28-42b1-8d8e-e8202bf8229f-ds

31 December 2019, “The plan has been met with a mixed reaction from local councillors with Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy calling for the new Local Development Plan to be published in order to allow for joined-up thinking from developers”, More than 1,000 homes planned for Marquee site,

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/More-than-1000-homes-planned-for-Marquee-site–231d5c95-987a-4a81-9de5-2d5a8be79409-ds

13 December 2019, Mr McCarthy said: “There has been much frustration by locals and officials alike that it has been a difficult tender process. Marina Park will be one of the newest recreational jewels in the crown of amenities to serve areas such as Docklands, Ballinlough, Ballintemple and Blackrock. The Marina and Atlantic Pond are two of the most visited amenities in the city. Both have a long history and have served Corkonians for decades. Cork’s Marina Park is delayed for the third time this year. https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Corks-Marina-Park-is-delayed-for-the-third-time-this-year–fa5e9ca0-cf06-478a-86a2-1d017d1bcdbb-ds

7 December 2019, Some residents have raised concerns about the level of traffic the development will bring and local councillor Kieran McCarthy said he has concerns about the precedent rezoning green space would set. City Hall to vote on ‘divisive’ land rezoning to build homes on Cork GAA grounds,

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/City-Hall-to-vote-on-divisive-land-rezoning-to-build-homes-on-Cork-GAA-grounds-0675b245-4fae-4c71-b6d6-cf62cd107769-ds

24 November 2019, “I do think there needs to an appendix in this draft annual budget, saying how the compensation figure was reached, plus a little about previous expenditure in our new areas. I feel the Oversight Committee should step in at this stage. There’s been some sort of breakdown in communication”, says Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Deal or no deal: Frustrations vented as Cork councils fail to reach compensation package, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Deal-or-no-deal-Frustrations-vented-as-Cork-councils-fail-to-reach-compensation-package-e4cad99c-0030-4490-9c40-b815b29f1dae-ds

31 October 2019, “Welcoming the news, Independent Councillor Kieran McCarthy said: “I am very happy that Douglas Community Centre is a partner in the pop-up-library as they themselves provide amazing community services locally”. Location confirmed for pop-up Douglas Library service, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Location-confirmed-for-pop-up-Douglas-Library-service-66ed5079-ced6-4395-a148-bb4fbbb3aaef-ds

17 October 2019, Councillor Kieran McCarthy asked the council to enact a Compulsory Purchase Order on the Lakeland Tavern sitein Mahon but was told a lack of a ‘clear plan’ for the area was a barrier to this. Mahon area regeneration to be prioritised by the City Council,  https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Mahon-area-regeneration-to-be-prioritised-by-the-City-Council–d32a0524-9fb9-486c-aaed-88b0192537d8-ds

19 September 2019, “Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who watched the artist work on site yesterday, confirmed that councillors have agreed to ring-fence money in next year’s budget for another place-making fund to help commission more work like this. “It will also help groups such as Mad About Cork, the People’s Republic of Cork and Reimagine Cork which have been working on smaller-scale project for several years”, says Cllr McCarthy. Her story symbolises the modern Cork’: Migrant woman mural almost complete, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30951857.html

18 September 2019, Local councillor, Kieran McCarthy has lodged an application with An Bord Pleanála against the plans on the grounds of the density of the development and the failure to provide any car parking facilities at the complex. “It is clear that the proposed development is out of sync with the rest of residential properties in the immediate area”. Plans for apartment block on site of former Cork pub put on hold, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30951519.html

17 September 2019, Cllr Kieran McCarthy (Ind) said that Rochestown deserves its own Community Policing Forum and a representative on the Joint Policing Committee in City Hall”. Calls Rochestown Community Policing Forum, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Pensioner-who-was-beaten-and-robbed-after-visiting-wifes-grave-speaks-of-horror-attack-that-left-him-with-a-damaged-eye-socket-5431e7c6-c663-4e92-bb25-358374ea4ba2-ds

11 September 2019, Historian and Cllr Kieran McCarthy, who called repeatedly in recent years for the bridge to be restored, said the work really needed to be done. “Cork has over 31 bridges, but this is the one held in most affection,” he said. Cork’s Shakey Bridge will retain famous shake after restoration, engineers insist, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30950093.html

5 September 2019, “Cllr McCarthy said that the Council needs a lot more funding in order to invest in cycling properly”. A local pot dedicated to cycling infrastructure should be developed, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Cork-City-Council-will-not-allocate-specific-funds-for-cycle-lanes-6885bada-f9cb-4fe0-b530-94e3a2533625-ds

20 August 2019, “Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy believes a new local area plan needs to be drawn up, and he will bring a motion before the council next month asking that one be created. “Dereliction, slow bus movement, traffic congestion and a need for a plan to make Douglas have a village feel again are some of the major discussion points,” he said. Douglas will ‘die on its feet’ unless action is taken on dereliction and congestion, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Douglas-will-die-on-its-feet-unless-action-is-taken-on-dereliction-and-congestion-ebb92626-6b37-4946-9103-c7d13bc952c8-ds

2 August 2020, Kieran McCarthy (IND) described the landscaping element of work at the community park as “positive”. Douglas flood defence works to start this autumn, https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Douglas-flood-defence-works-to-start-this-autumn–8199715b-287b-491d-bafb-4c4cfe69ec39-ds

29 July 2019, Local historian Cllr Kieran McCarthy who called the bridge a cultural institution, explained how it got its nickname. “It attained the nickname due to the fact that a large number of people used the bridge to go to GAA matches in the Mardyke. Consequently, the bridge would shake with the masses of people walking across it. Cork’s Shkey Bridge to close for major 1.7m renovation, https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/cork-s-shakey-bridge-to-close-for-major-1-7m-renovation-1.3971157

22 July 2019, “Local councillor Kieran McCarthy said that residents are not opposed to building houses on the site but are worried at the scale of the development. He said that local voices have not been factored into the decision. “There have been huge concerns on the traffic which will move through a small avenue with two local schools and onto an even narrower Blackrock Road”, he said”. Over 270 apartments planned for former Cork convent site despite concern from locals. https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30938619.html

10 July 2019, “Information requested by Councillor Kieran McCarthy (IND) reveals that €916,000 toward public realm works and development of the park have been allocated and a design competition has commenced in relation to a redesign”. Bishop Lucey Park set for revamp,

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Bishop-Lucey-Park-set-for-revamp-e5da089c-bbb4-440e-991b-d6969e5e1c87-ds

9 July 2019, “Historian Cllr Kieran McCarthy said he hopes the red-bricked Odlums building could be redeveloped as a cultural centre”. Cork may see its largest ever single property deal which could pave way for docklands development, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30935812.html

21 June 2020, “Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy said it is clear that the derelict site fine has become too blunt an instrument to deal with dangerous buildings in older parts of the city”. Cork business leaders and politicians say tougher approach needed after partial building collapse, https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-30932206.html