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 member of Cork County Council 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 joined the Fine Gael party in February 2018 having been an Independent Councillor since my election in 2009. Fine Gael has a proud tradition of public service in Cork and Fine Gael is the ideal fit for me to continue the work I do in my community. Becoming part of a large political party like Fine Gael which has the country’s prosperity as its number one priority has allowed me to have an increased impact as I continue to represent and deliver for my constituents. The country is now reaching full employment again; we have the fastest growing economy in Europe and we are seeing our family and friends returning back home to live and work in Cork. I want to ensure that this progress is not undone and I will work hard to represent the people of North Cork.
If I can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do my best for you. I will be working alongside my colleague Cllr. Gerard Murphy in Cork County Council along with Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine Michael Creed, TD & Junior Minister David Stanton, TD to ensure the people living in the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District are well served by Cork County Council and by the Government.
I work for the Mental Health Services in the Cork Kerry Community Healthcare of the HSE. Outside of politics, I am also an active member of the following community and voluntary boards/groups such as:
Cork Sports Partnership; I joined the board of Cork Sports Partnership in 2014 as a nominee from Cork County Council. The Partnership promotes participation of sport at a local level.
Laharn Community Action CLG; I am currently a member 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. I have been re-elected to the Board for another four year period by the Bishop of Cloyne, Most Rev. William Crean. I will continue to work with 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 will continue to work with the School and Board of Management on advancing the school further in the coming years.
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.