BY CLLR. SEAN MARTIN,
LORD MAYOR OF
CORK AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE LANDSCAPE CONVENTION AT
CITY HALL ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH, 2005
Mayor of the County, Councillor P.J. Sheehan, John Kennedy of Cork 2005, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
I would first of all like to thank the organisers for the invitation to be here with you this morning.
A few moments ago I was speaking with
As with all great European cities, the
landscape and culture of
And lastly but not least, we had the colonisation by the English effecting their own very substantial cultural impact on the country and the landscape as well.
For the people of Cork living in the city today, it is necessary to develop the city economically and to look to the future with confidence, without in the process doing damage to the our inheritance from the past or in the context of today’s workshop doing damage to what people regard as their own cultural landscape and our shared natural landscape.
It is all about developing a future for people based on sustainable development, keeping the best of the old practices, but yet bringing all the benefits of modern living to the city as well.
It will be evident to you that there has been great investment in the city in recent years and of course this brings its own challenges.
The Hill of Tara in
Of course, it is important that we have an open debate about these issues, but it is also important that we are able to move on, while taking stock of what is there, but yet moving on.
For a city or a country to sustain itself it has to develop, often involving hard decisions, for example; if you look at some of the developments in Cork over the last number of years, you will see that we have been fortunate as a city with the evidence of development in the city illustrated by the number of cranes on the skyline. At the same time there has also been investment in restoring fine old buildings and streets.
It might be difficult to appreciate it
For the last seven or eight years we have discovered the Celtic Tiger down here in the south and we now have very substantial investment being made in development by both the Local Authority and by private enterprise.
It is all about bringing everyone on board when planning such important development, it is about sitting down and consulting with all sides, working to develop a solution that suits everybody.
A major feature of the
We have now in
The Local Authorities in both the City and County are now looking at this wonderful resource to see how best to exploit the potential of the river and the harbour in a sustainable manner.
In the context of Cork 2005 and the
mantle of the
I would like to thank those who were responsible for bringing this workshop to Cork, it is indeed important that we learn best practice from other countries and that other countries or delegates from other countries can come and see what is happening here in Ireland and we can learn from each other.
I would like to thank everybody involved and wish the event every success and hope that you enjoy the city over the next few days and take time out to view some of the developments that have been taking place in recent years and indeed experience the historical heritage that is on view throughout the city and I hope that above all else you will enjoy your stay here.
Go raimh maith agaibh go lēir. (My sincere thanks to you all)