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Thursday, 7th February, 2019 3:06pm

By Mayor of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy

Cork is a county of huge potential. We are the largest county with the longest coastline. 

We have significant geographical and historic diversity throughout the region, from the rugged West Cork to the green vales in the north to the bustling vibrancy in the south and east of the county. 
Architecture and accents can change within ten minutes of travel from anywhere in the county and every town and village has ambitions of growth and development.
There are many projects waiting to begin that will support further innovation, growth and wellbeing throughout the county. 22 per cent of funding applications through the Rural Regeneration Programmes were from Cork. A look at these applications reveals just how much we can accomplish with the right support.
From the Rural Regeneration fund applications there are planned projects for leisure centres, upgrading recreational facilities, developing beaches and harbours, enhancing access to sites of amenity and historic significance, developing public parks, arts and cultural centres, museums and relief roads. 
From the applications for funding under the Urban Regeneration Fund, we see projects aiming to develop and enhance our harbour attractions, improve and develop connections by greenway and road, and an ambitious plan to acquire Victoria Docks in Passage.
If funding were secured for all of these projects, Cork would be the envy of regions throughout Europe for quality of life, heritage, tourism and business. We were successful in eight applications for the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. The successful projects will see significant development in Passage West, Cobh, Carrigaline, Mallow, Midleton and Carrigtwohill. 
Our application for funding under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund for Kinsale Library was successful. However I find it regrettable that only one out of 49 of our projects has been approved under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund so far.
Of course this doesn’t mean we need to sit in our hands until then! I was delighted to sign a contract with Brady Shipman Martin for the development of Mallow Castle Park, Mallow Town Park and Spa House Park. This hugely ambitious project will be of huge benefit for the people of Mallow and of county Cork as a whole. Having this contract in place means that we will be perfectly positioned to take advantage of funding as soon as it becomes available.
The size and make-up of Cork County Council’s remit will 
change in the coming months. It’s of vital importance that we adapt to these changes by playing to our strengths. 
After the boundary revision, we will have many central towns and villages, both large and small, around which our communities can rally to to promote business, tourism and culture. With the right support, Cork could be as attractive to visitors and investment as any European country.

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