At a meeting in County Hall, many of the 55 councillors gave examples of problems in their various areas. They have decided to write a “strongly-worded” email to John Halligan, junior minister at the Department of Education & Skills, urging him to get more and bigger buses to solve the issue.
Cork County Council is to become one of the first local authorities in the country to publish a Climate Adaptation Strategy, which will form a blueprint for more environmentally-friendly planning and services into the future.
A special committee of Cork County Council is to look at the possibility of setting up women’s refuges and ‘safe houses’ after an impassioned plea was made by a councillor who described how she was once a victim of domestic abuse.
Councillors have demanded to know what happened to a report costing more than €100,000 which was supposed to provide a roadmap for turning a former fortress in Cork harbour into a major tourist attraction.
Well-known sporting and television personalities have been recruited to take part in a series of talks aimed at helping secondary school children look after their mental health, nutrition and deal with risks posed by social media.
Larger developments in Co Cork may in future have water-harvesting projects attached as a condition of their planning permission after it was confirmed that some communities may have to be supplied by water tankers for the next two months.