Blarney needs representation

If you read The Muskerry News regularly then you will probably know me. You will have seen my photograph in connection with many of the events that I have been involved with, including those run by The Blarney Chamber of Commerce, and the Blarney Person of the Year Awards. I have been very lucky to be in a position where I can do my bit for the place I love and where I live I would like to continue that on a different stage. The structure of County Councils will change after the next local elections. Councillors will have more power and with that will come more responsibility. Budgets and their allocations for local areas will be decided by these chosen councillors. The new Municipal area for our area will cover everyplace from Grenagh right down to the Kerry border. This is a huge geographical area. It will have just 6 councillors. These 6 councillors will control these budgets and their allocations. I firmly believe that the Greater Blarney area should have a strong voice. My background is as a salesman. I negotiate for a living. I believe that this is the most important asset that anybody could bring to the table. I want to negotiate on your behalf to ensure that we get our fair share of the budget and that as an area we get to spend it on what is important to us. So 6 councillors will be elected. It is certain that at least 3 councillors,and probably more, will be elected in the Macroom and West Cork area. The rest will come from an area that encompasses everything from Blarney to Kerry and right down as far as a line drawn from Innishannon to Ballineen. We cannot and should not be marginalised. Blarney village waited almost 40 years for a playground and it is only due to the heroic efforts of local people that this was achieved finally. Grenagh is now looking to get a playground. I am sure that there are many other places that have a need for improved facilities and amenities. I don’t want any other part of our area wait long for what I see are pretty basic amenities for our children and our residents. A public representative should fight on their people’s behalf for their schools, their environment and their employment. I want to do that on your behalf. The elections are being held on May 23rd. My competition is very strong. If you want to see me succeed on your behalf then you must vote, which is vital. I respectfully ask that you give me your number 1 and than you continue your preference for my colleagues Michael Creed and Ted Lucey. If you have any queries please me on 087 224 4363 or email me at