Mitchelstown and Fermoy focus of attention for An Taoiseach on whistle-stop tour

An Taoiseach, Simon Harris, taking to the streets of Mitchelstown on Friday morning, in the presence of Fine Gael Cork county councillors and local election candidates. (Pic: Marian Roche)

An Taoiseach, Simon Harris was on the streets of Mitchelstown and Fermoy early this Friday in the presence of Fine Gael Cork County Councillors and local election candidates, as the countdown to June’s elections continue.

Meeting with bubbly students from Presentation Secondary in New Square, Mitchelstown for a photo opportunity, the entourage toured Lower Cork Street, visiting local businesses, including The Avondhu, while being greeted in the main with well wishes and enthusiasm.

It was then onto the Dairygold premises on Clonmel Road, before departing and heading over the motorway to be by the banks of the Blackwater in Fermoy. Here again, meeting with the general public and supporters and getting a feel for the local mood in advance of the June local and European elections.

Late on Friday morning brought the delegation onward to Fermoy Mart, to discuss their priorities for Cork county and their projections for the next local authority term, which is set to run up until 2029.


As Ireland’s largest county, Cork has some of the youngest towns and villages in Ireland, including Watergrasshill, Rathcormac and Carrigtwohill, where the average age of residents are aged 33 and under. 

Fine Gael group leader of Cork County Council, Councillor John Paul O’Shea, noted some of the progress made, in the building of new homes and investment in the regional and local road network, noting the party had “plans to build on this progress, cognisant of the fact that we have an expanding population, who need to live, work and enjoy life in their own communities, at each and every stage of their lives”. 

He also thanked the Taoiseach for taking the time to visit the area.

“We are grateful to An Taoiseach Simon Harris for taking the time to meet us here today in Fermoy. He shares our ambitions and has assured us that Fine Gael will continue to deliver for rural Ireland and for Cork county,” he concluded.

See full photographic coverage in The Avondhu next week – May 16th