Strokestown based businessman, Emmett Corcoran, has this week voiced his support of the county council initiated “Town Revitalization” campaign. Corcoran said that the incentives for new businesses which County Manager Tommy Ryan outlined at a public meeting in Strokestown on Friday evening were some of the most progressive that he had heard to date, stating “I certainly hope that the plans outlined will be brought to fruition.”
Emmett, who along with other business people in the region, is organising a jobs and innovation summit says that as his plans gather momentum he would welcome all town teams to join in the efforts to develop the summit, which would be the first of it’s kind in the region.
“Towns through-out Roscommon have a real opportunity to come together as communities and drive forward the economic and social development of their towns through collective efforts,” said Corcoran. “This bottom up approach is exactly the kind of thinking that needs to be adopted by government when deciding on the needs of communities in rural Ireland.”
At the town team meeting, which was attended by 24 people at The Percy French Hotel, Corcoran echoed points raised by the county council that we need to start planning now for the future, stating that “If we hope to bring back the young people who have left Roscommon in recent years and restore vibrancy to our rural towns and villages, we must have something here for them to come back to. That means jobs, amenities and services.”
Corcoran concluded by thanking the council for adding Strokestown to the pilot program which is being ran in the county’s 6 largest towns which include; Monksland, Roscommon Town, Castlerea, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen & Strokestown.
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Former Independent bye election candidate and Strokestown based businessman Emmett Corcoran has this week confirmed that despite not winning the recent Roscommon South Leitrim Bye Election, he will continue to work as he has in the past for the betterment of the locality.
“It is in the interests of everyone who lives and works in this region to do all they can to make it a better place to live and work. I decided to start my business in Roscommon because I love my home. I want to make sure there is a bright future here for the next generation. That is why I will continue to work on projects that will improve our region's economic and social future,” explained Emmett at a recent meeting with a group of supporters.
Corcoran went on to detail that there are a number of projects he intends to develop in the coming years and how he will be seeking the support of other people in the region to make these projects a reality. “You don’t need to be a politician to get things done, anyone can volunteer their time to work on local projects, and I hope more will join me in these efforts.”
A key policy point for Corcoran through-out his campaign was the development of tourism in the region as a sustainable solution to our regions jobs crisis. The proposals for a national park on the Sliabh Ban and Mt. Dillon sites being at the core of this policy. “I have spoken recently with interested parties and with-in the coming weeks we will have an update on this project,” stated Corcoran “This project is happening, and it is up to the local community groups to come together and ensure it is done right.”
Businesses throughout the region will be contacted in coming weeks with regard to the development of the national park bid. “Having the people who have a vested interest in this project becoming a success on board is going to be vital. I hope everyone in the hospitality and leisure trade will get behind it,” said Corcoran.
Emmett concluded by expressing his thanks to everyone who gave their support through the campaign and clarifying that in all likelihood he will contest the next local elections, however he plans on channeling his energy and resources into the development of some key projects in the coming years, and will not likely contest the 2016 general election. “There are two very strong independent candidates in office in this constituency as it is, I agree with them on most issues and my time would be better spent working with them as opposed to against them over the coming years.”
Corcoran will be publishing a list of projects and holding public meetings to rally support for these projects in the next few weeks.
Strokestown based businessman and former bye election candidate Emmett Corcoran has criticised comments made by the Taoiseach, that income tax would need to be increased by 4% should water charges be abolished. Mr. Corcoran believes that it is this “pathetic attempt at threatening the people, and calling it logic” that has lead this country to where it is today.
“There is one major point I feel all sides have missed in the great water charge debate, and that is this- why are we accepting the premise that more money will fix the problem?” stated Emmett this week. “There is no evidence whatsoever that this nor any government has the competency to fix our water infrastructure. They say 1.2bn isn’t enough, well who’s to say that 10bn or 20bn will be enough. When does it end? When does the waste end?”
Corcoran explained “Yet again the government has a problem and their solution is to put a metaphorical gun to the heads of the Irish public and say pay up or else. At long last people have woken up to the reality (all be it for mislead reasons for some of the objectors) that this tax frenzied approach to economic management must stop.”
Mr. Corcoran went on to say that virtually everything the government has touched has become a wasteful mismanaged black hole of government spending. “Take health for example, once central government got it’s hands on it, it became a wasteful bureaucratic nightmare.”
A noticeably angered Corcoran expressed his concern that if we do not stop the madness now in five years we will not be asking the government to abolish water charges, rather we will be asking them why has nothing been fixed and where has all the money gone?
“The government has gotten too big for it’s own good and we need to stop this failed socialist experiment before ten generations of Irish people are destroyed.”
Corcoran concluded by explaining that when the banks failed we cried blue murder, “why are we bailing out the banks we asked?”. He said that we face a similar scenario right now with the government. They are already extorting extraordinary amounts of money from the public, and because they cannot control their spending they want more. “It’s about time we said no, you’re already taking enough now figure it out, the hemorrhage must be stopped.”
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