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Councillor Pádraig O’Sullivan ‘cautiously welcomes’ Little Island Transportation Study

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Councillor Pádraig O’Sullivan has cautiously welcomed the Little Island Traffic and Transportation Study, which was presented to Cork County Council members yesterday.

However, the Fianna Fáil councillor argues that the number of employees working on Little Island is far more than the figure Cork County Council has reported.

“Cork County Council maintain that approximately 8500 employees currently work in Little Island, while other organisations such as Cork Chamber and the Little Island Business Association estimate this figure is in excess of 15,000” said Councillor O’Sullivan. “In order for this study to have any chance at being implementable, accuracy around this figure is absolutely crucial.”

While Councillor O’Sullivan expressed his concern at this disparity in the figures, he reluctantly voted to allow the transportation strategy to proceed on the basis that Cork County Council will undertake a full assessment of the exact number of employees working in Little Island.

Councillor O’Sullivan also secured an undertaking from Cork County Council that it will examine feasibility into a third entrance to Little Island.

“Now that the plan has been allowed go forward, it gives Cork County Council the opportunity to apply to the NTA for funding” added the Councillor for the Cobh Municipal Area. “However, I remain concerned with elements of the study, and will continue to petition for improvements and amendments, to ensure that the result is suited not simply to motorists but to all road users.”

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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