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Martin Hallinan calls on Councillors to listen to those they represent

5 September, 2005

Speaking before the start of the voting on the Cork County Development Plan, Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Hallinan called on Councillors to listen to those they represent.

"This development process should be about planning new communities, about building a future for our children and our children's children. It should not be about enriching certain landowners. The decisions we make today and tomorrow will affect people for many years to come. These should not be taken lightly."

"Wrong decisions made in this process could damage the rural character of many of our villages. Imposing large numbers of houses on small towns or villages would destroy their rural character. If we allow large developments to go ahead, without first providing the infrastructure such as schools, playing fields and leisure opportunities we will be creating problems for our young people in the future."

"This council should learn from the mistakes of the past. The catch word of villages and communities across East Cork is "We do not want to be another Rathcormac". This council must listen to each community's ideas on how they might develop. We should not impose on them a future which clearly is not in their benefit." ENDS

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