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Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:54pm

Last Saturday, the village of Douglas was the scene of a devastating fire. Despite the severity of the blaze, there was no loss of life or serious injury at the scene. Everyone was calmly evacuated to safety and I must credit the shopping centre staff and customers for this.

Thankfully the fire was brought under control due to the swift actions and professionalism of the Cork City Fire Brigade who were assisted by Cork County Council’s Fire Service, An Garda Siochana and the National Ambulance Service. Through difficult conditions, fire fighters demonstrated complete dedication and enormous courage and I am very grateful to each and every person involved.

There is no doubt that this has been a difficult time for Douglas but I am confident the local community together with the people of Cork will come out in force and get Douglas back in businesses.

This week, I welcomed the opening of the 2019 Community Environment Action Fund. This fund aims to support projects or initiatives that help increase awareness of environmental issues locally or help communities become more sustainable. There is a special focus on climate and biodiversity this year.

Climate change is a big concern. Local communities are coming up with more and more innovative ways to challenge the causes of climate change. The Community Environment Action Fund is a great resource to help these groups. Last year under a similar scheme, Cork County Council made €67,000 available to 46 projects. This year I am confident that we can build on its success.

Similar to the return to school, Cork County Council has returned to the business of regular meetings where we develop and implement policy for the wide range of services the council delivers. Following a busy summer, I’m very excited to push on with the work of the council. In particular, I hope to drive forward initiatives that will see reductions in plastic waste. One way to do this is to establish refill stations in our towns and villages. I’d also like to see a shift from plastic containers for drinks to reusable and recyclable glass.

Plastic waste is both unsightly and harmful. It has a detrimental effect on wildlife, which in turn negatively affects our own health. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Cork County Council to fight this scourge in any way we can. If you are involved in environmental action in your community, be sure to investigate the Community Environmental Action Fund by visiting yourcouncil.ie . I look forward to working with you!

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