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Bernadette Connolly

Candidate for Cork South West

My vision for Cork South West

To restore nature and to revive local communities.

What I stand for

Getting things done through a respectful and collaborative approach.

My priorities

  • Food, Climate and Nature
    • Ensure farmers are paid for a healthy local food system.
    • Restore Ireland’s forests and nature.
    • Work with coastal communities to designate 30% of our inshore waters as marine conservation areas.
  • Housing and Health
    • Build more public housing, while also supporting self-built and cooperative housing associations.
    • We need to adequately fund a public health care system that works for all and to transition from an acute system to a more effective community model.
  • Transport
    • Invest in frequent, low cost public transport and cycling and walking infrastructure as well as park and pool facilities.
    • Facilitate working from home in the public and private sector.
  • Energy
    • Invest in a deep retrofit of Ireland’s housing stock, giving priority to those in receipt of a fuel allowance.
    • Continue to support investment and community ownership of renewable energy supporting the creation of highly skilled jobs.

My experience

I bring a wealth of experience and a track record of working for the community and on environmental issues. Since 2011, I have worked as the Coordinator of Cork Environmental Forum, and have acquired a rounded knowledge of social, community, economic and environmental policies and issues in West Cork. I have lived and worked in West Cork for over 40 years across varying sectors from voluntary bodies such as Matt Talbot Adolescent Services, Dunmanway Family Resource Centre and West Cork Counselling Services. I have also worked in community development with Múintir na Tíre supporting community groups and helping to establish new community councils.