16 April 2014
By Bryan T. Smyth
A new 17 seater Garda Community vehicle has been unveiled for the Northside of the City.
Its called the “Gurranabraher Garda Community Bus” and is the third vehicle since the initiative started in the 1990’s
The vehicle is officially part of the Garda fleet, and will be used by the elderly and youth.
Following the floods of 2009 when houses in the area had no water for 2 weeks the previous bus delivered water 24 hours a day, which built trust between residents and the Gardai.
The bus worth 40 thousand euro was donated by “Tomar Trust” which is fronted by retired Cork businessman Dr Tom Cavanagh.
Local fundraising also contributed.
Dr Cavanagh lives in Fermoy and is also behind the “Irish Business Against Litter” Initiative.
He believes that travel, even locally, and meeting new people, gives young people confidence to succeed and the bus will help with that
Dr Cavanagh wants to encourage other business leaders in Cork to make donations to communities