FERMOY MAYOR CALLS CRISIS MEETING
The mayor of Fermoy, Cllr Michael Hanley, who is also the chairman of the local enterprise board, has invited all the local elected representatives to what he describes as ‘a crisis meeting’ in the town on Monday next, September 5.
“We have invited all the town councillors, local county councillors, MEPs, senators and TDs to a meeting at The Grand Hotel next Monday. This will include a tour of the town, as I want our representatives to be in no doubt of what Fermoy has to offer, so that they can work to promote it as a centre for investment,” Mr Hanley said.
Many weapons Speaking at a local media briefing this week, the mayor said that ‘Fermoy has many weapons’ with which to combat the current economic downturn.
“We could talk about the reasons for the current state of the economy and the affect it is having on a daily basis on Fermoy, but now it’s time to work together for the future of the town,” the mayor added.
Looking to what the future holds, Cllr Michael Hanley said, “Fermoy may be facing tough economic times but the town and its community is well able to weather the storm.”
While Michael Hanley agrees that Fermoy needs more jobs, he feels ‘productive jobs’ are the only way forward for the town.
“We have to have productive jobs, there is a great clamour for more retail and that’s fine but retail can’t live off retail. It is most unfair that Fermoy is way down the scale in terms of potential jobs.
"I want us to go to war on this, the bypass brought Cork closer to Fermoy and Fermoy closer to Cork as well, there has to be an active policy spearheaded by Cork County Council supported by the Government, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland that the towns around Cork will not just be branded with lovely terms like ‘ring town’ but there is a genuine attempt to put productive jobs in towns like Fermoy,” Mayor Hanley concluded.
Tuesday 6th September 11:28am