Mr. Phil Hogan T.D, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (5/5/2011) called on everyone to work together to ensure Cork is presented in the best possible light during the upcoming State visits. To celebrate Civic Responsibility Week which runs from 9 May to 15 May the Minister is offering Cork a one-off grant to help show the world its beauty.
“The visits will put the country in the spotlight of international media attention and will offer us a unique opportunity to market Cork to potential visitors and investors. With that in mind, I would like to help the local authority with a special one-off grant of €15,000. This money can be used to support a range of environmental projects like raising awareness and cleaning up areas with high amenity value. Whenever possible these projects should be co-ordinated with local business and local community groups.”
The Minister commended the civic responsibility displayed by many individuals and businesses in taking pride in the appearance of their local communities in Cork. This is supported by the work of community groups, Tidy Towns groups and local authorities.
He said that even if each person picked up one piece of litter in Cork, it would have a significant impact.
“In the next week, I want to see all of us working together to ensure all our visitors see the true beauty of this wonderful country of ours,” concluded the Minister.
Civic Responsibility Week will run from 9 May to 15 May.