Hitting the road in the unpredictable urban/rural battleground of Cork North-Central

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Hitting the road in the unpredictable urban/rural battleground of Cork North-Central ge2020

As TheJournal.ie examined before, three of the four candidates elected in 2016 are not running this time out. Padráig O’Sullivan is seeking re-election less than three months after winning a by-election for Fianna Fáil, and Fine Gael also has to deal with the fallout from the Dara Murphy controversy.

Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke is one of two candidates the party is running in the constituency and is party’s main hope of keeping a seat. “I’m getting a fair bit of, I suppose, backlash about the fact that he was elected, but remember, they stopped me running the last time. “The big problem that we have with the building of apartment blocks is the cost of building them, it appears that the return of them is only about 2% per annum. And pension funds are not prepared to invest and we need to look at how do we get money into the building of blocks and make it investor friendly,” Burke says.

Burke says that while improvements have been made, there is certainly an overcrowding problem in hospitals that is only going to get worse as the population gets older. A 20-minute drive from Bishopstown and across the River Lee is the Clogheen Cross area. It’s not far from the Hollyhill Industrial Estate and looks over much of the city but it’s mostly rural.

O’Sullivan is honest enough to admit that some of them would be committed Fianna Fáil voters anyway, but with the party running three candidates in the constituency, he’s not necessarily guaranteed their number one.“There’s a big shift away from the government,” O’Sullivan says when asked what he’s been hearing on the doorsteps.

One woman who will be voting for O’Sullivan said that her daughter is a GP and is not happy with the expansion of free GP care for under 13s.

 

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Totally biased reporting Mick Barry who was the only outgoing Td to complete his term was hardly mentioned. Mick Barry is a major contender for a seat here. Green Party are also in the mix. Remember the WATER CHARGES.

FF Scum!

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