I live in the family home at Laharn, Lombardstown. I am the youngest of seven children and son of the late William (Bill) and Margaret O’ Shea. I became an Independent member of Cork County Council representing the Mallow Electoral Area in June 2009 following success in the local elections. I was subsequently re-elected to Cork County Council in May 2014 representing the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District.
I have been involved in many community projects in my own parish all my life. Being so committed about encouraging people to help themselves and get involved within their own communities, becoming a local public representative on Cork County Council is an ideal platform for me to continue this passion.
I strongly believe that communities can achieve so much when they take the lead on a project and work with the relevant authorities in their local community. So much has been achieved in local communities throughout the North Cork area since my election in 2009 and I want to continue to get involved in as may communities as possible throughout the Cork North West constitunecy over the coming years. I have a very good understanding of how communities can develop and remain vibrant with the proper local amenities and services. My election to Cork County Council has given me a great insight into the current needs of people, both young and old, and the need for a continued, enthusiastic and committed public representative who has a proven record in getting involved in their community and making things happen.
I will continue to work with you and the communities throughout Cork North West Area for the benefit of you.
I am currently on a career break from the HSE South to focus full time on local politics. Outside of politics, I am also an active member of the following community and voluntary groups:
- Laharn Community Action LTD; I am currently Chairperson of Laharn Community Action LTD, which is a voluntary group who provide a variety of traditional and cultural activities within the local community. Projects including the revival of dancing at the crossroads at Laharn Cross and the renovation of the old schoolhouse in Laharn into a new Community, Cultural & Heritage Centre is a sample of the groups recent efforts.
- Board of Management, Glantane National School; I was delighted to join the Board of Management in Glantane National School in 2011. The school has gone through a remarkable transformation over these years with a significant extension to the school just complete. I have been re-elected to the Board for another four year period by the Bishop of Cloyne, Most Rev. William Crean. I look forward to working with all the Board on advancing the school further in the coming years.
- Board of Management, Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk; I joined the Board of Management in Colaiste Treasa in September 2015 for a four year period. The school, lead by Prinicpal John Murphy is a wonderful example of how secondary level education should be delivered. I look forward to working with the School and Board f Management on advancing the school further in the coming years and assisting them in their delivery of their much needed extension to the School.
- Dromahane Community Park; I am very proud to be a trustee of the Dromahane Community Park Group, who are a relatively new organisation set up to develop the newly purchase Amenity Park for the village. Cork County Council purchased 6.4 acres in order to develop an Amenity Park & recreational Area for the village in 2014 which is seen as a fantastic opportunity for the area.
- Mallow Development Partnership; Mallow Development Partnership is a voluntary group made up of business, community and statutory agencies who work in or for Mallow and its hinterland with the objective to put in place and implement a structured programme to promote the town and encourage inward investment. Agencies involved with Mallow Development Partnership include Mallow Town Council, Cork County Council, Mallow Chamber, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership Ltd, North Cork Enterprise Board and RAPID. I am currently Vice-Chairperson of the Tourism and Heritage sub-committee of the Partnership which has developed the innovative and attractive Mallow Historic Rebel Trail. The group is also organising the Thomas Davis Bi-Centenary celebrations.