Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Cork County Muintir Na Tire has another successful Year

The Board of Cork County Federation reported another very successful year at their AGM in Ballyphehane Community Centre last night,
Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes With Margaret Searson and Annette Lane Cork County Federation.
Annette Lane Chairperson said ' that during 2015 Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire made significant progress in the delivery of our main work programmes. In  community development we continued our supports to Community Councils. We have also been very busy in setting up new Community Councils in County Cork . These Community Councils will provide stable and dynamic leadership for the communities in question. We also continue to forge strong links with other groups and agencies. We also contributed to the third County  Mayors Awards for the Community and Voluntary sector.
We organised a series of very
Michael White and Sean Finn Mitchelstown Community Council at Muintir AGM
successful Health Information Seminars during the year in conjunction with HSE Cork North Community Work Department , We also work with the Mitchelstown and Fermoy Community Networks,  We organised a very enjoyable East Cork Seniors Jamboree in Midleton.  This year we also organised a very successful Community Alert 30th Anniversary in association with Carrigtwohil Community Council and the National Federation.
 We also organised a very successful ‘Pride in our Community Amenity’ & School Garden  competition in conjunction with Cork County Council. This continues to be very inspirational & reflect the huge voluntary commitment around the county by volunteers, teachers & children.
She also said she  would like to thank her fellow directors, our staff, and especially the dedicated members of Community Councils and community groups all over County Cork for the huge contribution they make to their local areas every  year. I want to pay tribute to them for their dedication and commitment to maintaining and developing services and facilities in their local areas.
Killeagh Inch delegates at the Muintir AGM
We would like to thank all those who helped the County Federation during 2015 especially the HSE Community Work Department  Cork North,  Environment Department Cork County Council, Department of Social Protection and all who helped us in any way.    
Guest speaker on the night was Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes who spoke on Community Policing in County Cork. He outlined what Community Policing was about. He said Community Policing was about providing the people in an area with their own dedicated Garda service, to enable them discuss everyday occurrences and build up a strong and supportive personal relationship with Gardai and  to help residents of an area to prevent crime by supporting crime prevention initiatives such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert. He said the Gardai also work with other social agencies in the area to help curb crime and vandalism. 
PRO Finbarr Motherway and  Chairperson Annette Lane at the Muintir Agm
Chief Superintendent Hayes answered questions from those present and many expressed their concerns on many policing and road safety issues. However many also expressed the opinion that they had learned a lot about how policing works in our County. Mr Sean Murphy President thanked Chief Superintendent Hayes for his worthwhile contribution and promised support from Muintir na Tire for Community Policing into the future.

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