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.
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