Local Election Candidate for Bantry
Holly McKeever Cairns is a woman on a mission to build a more resilient West Cork. To end the cycle of boom, bust, emigrate. To invest in small farms and businesses. To bring our young people back home.
A farmer and small business owner from the Turk Head peninsula, Holly grew up with the Ilen River estuary on one side, and Roaring Water Bay on the other. She lived and worked abroad for many years in Greece, Spain, UK, USA and Malta, before moving back home to work in the family farm and business, Brown Envelope Seeds.
Holly has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and how we can work to ensure food security for future generations. She believes that the answer lies in increased support for small farmers, small business and entrepreneurs.
Now 28, Holly grew up in Aughadown. She attended Lisheen National school and Schull Community College. She graduated from UCC with a first class honours with a Master of Science in Organic Horticulture. As part of her studies, she researched the methods and importance of plant adaptation in the face of unpredictable climates.
Holly has worked with adults with severe neurological and physical disabilities and teenagers with autism. She has spent time volunteering in Calcutta, Cape Town and Romania.
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3 weeks ago
I hope Trump's visit will at least serve to highlight some of our own state shortcomings, like the Pope's visit did.
The unanimous call for truth and justice in Ireland during the Papal visit could restore anyone's faith in us as a nation that stands for that.
Yet archives of state documents in relation to magdalene laundries are still being held in secret by the department of the Taoiseach.
Tusla, a state body, is now the largest holder of adoption records in the country and they are refusing to answer the questions we want the answers to.
(An indication of the amount of illegal adoptions that were carried out - 97% of children born outside of marriage in 1967 were adopted.)
Today, adopted people in Ireland don’t have a statutory right to their own birth certificate, nor to their early life adoption file, or family medical history.
We are in charge of the laws in this country by virtue of who we elect to pass them. In many ways the state are providing a massive disservice to us.
If we object to Trump's regressive and damaging policies on migration, then we need to to take a serious look at ours. Direct Provision centres are wholly inadequate and shameful.
The real 'Fake News' will be Trump's ramblings making headlines. We can harness this opportunity to create the headlines we think and know need to be read instead. ... See MoreSee Less
I like this post and l hope be lots of protests.
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3 weeks ago
SOS - Save Our Skibbereen have arranged a fund-raising, family picnic in aid of the campaign to stop the proposed Plastic Factory near Skibbereen. It’s on this Sunday, September 2nd, at the beautiful Inish Beg Estate.
Since 2017, residents of Skibbereen have been trying to stop plans to open a plastic-pellet manufacturing. They say the facility, proposed by the United States-based RTP Company, would pollute the air and water, harm their quality of life and threaten the local marine-based economy, which includes fishing and tourism. The residents also link their opposition to the European Union’s new plastic reduction strategy, highlighting the hypocrisy of building a plastics factory at a time when we need to focus on the reduction of it. It seems the health and wealth of our community may be comprised to line an American company's back pocket.
The idea of building a plastics factory is so short sighted, for so many reasons on top of the environmental ones. One that I just cannot come to grips with is, the potential eight trucks driving through Skibbereen, daily. Can you imagine? If you've ever tried to quickly pop into town when the bus is going through, you can. The town basically comes to a standstill. There's no quickly popping to the shops about it. Eight trucks a day! Sure the reality is we'd all just go somewhere else.
These concerns have been left unaddressed, an environmental impact statement is yet to be done. For this reason we should support Save Our Skibbereenin all of their great efforts to demand the halting of the factory's development.
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See you there hopefully Holly Cairns x
Yuck how horrible!
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4 weeks ago
I wrote to The Southern Star about the Papal visit and so called ‘culchie bias’.
Let’s be mindful this weekend. I think it’s important to remember that we would never tell a victim “It is acceptable that you were abused” – yet every time we respond to criticism of the papal visit by victims of clerical abuse with “It’s not all priests” it implies that the abuse is acceptable enough that victims should welcome the Pope in order to not offend anyone.
To me, this is where we cause further damage to victims, directly disempowering them and denying them their right to speak out and claim justice for what was done to them.
Our government saying it is “wrong” for anyone to book a ticket to Phoenix park and not use it suggests the same.
This peaceful protest is an attempt to show an absence, an absence which more than justifiably exists. It is not the ‘wrong’ part of this story. We are absolutely right to protest about horrific levels of abuse.
When our government says it is “petty” and “mean-spirited” to peacefully protest about this or when they use our money to pay for the pope’s trip, it becomes harder for victims or activists to say “No, I disagree.”
I am outraged by this. Ireland knows better. Victims deserve better. Let’s all demand better. Let’s stop worrying about offending the Catholic Church and start worrying about offending the victims of the Catholic Church.
Let’s stand in solidarity with all victims of the Church, including those who wish to speak up and protest about the abuse they suffered. We shouldn’t have to question whether or not the head of an organisation that has caused so much pain, sadness and oppression should be welcomed into our country until he has at least disclosed all of the abuse, apologised and compensated victims.
Not just because that’s fair but because anything less only serves to continuously hurt and insult victims and disregard their suffering.
I reiterate that it is not my intention to offend the church or any of its members and I of course believe everyone is more than entitled to their faith. I also think the Christian approach to this is to prioritise victims over the papal visit by using it as an opportunity to insist on full disclosure and compensation. ... See MoreSee Less
Very good post and well done.
Fantastic letter Holly Cairns, very clear and strong. Thank you for writing in support of so many people.
My ancestors were mostly Irish and Catholicism was instilled deeply into my mind. I am totally sickened and disappointed and disturbed and disgusted how they let this happen and go on here in u.s. or anywhere else. I know that it's the work of the devil but how could so many of these horrible incidents have taken place??
Thank you . Your words are powerful, honest and true .
If I who am just an average person found out that another person was molesting any child I would do my best to have them put in prison! How could they let a priest or anyone but especially a supposed man of God who our parents held in the highest regard get away with this?? I cant believe it. In my opinion all pedophiles should be executed immediately at least the ones who act on their disgusting desires but how could they just let them continue and sweep it under the rug? I will never understand ever! The first one proven should have been executed on the spot and so on!
Well said Sharon x Miriam
You can show your support for victims of clerical abuse on Sunday at Garden of Remembrance
Well said Holly. What everybody wants to see is justice for victims, further abuse prevented and the church put child protection up front and central in everything they do ..and a choice of secular schooling and the church to pay tax and All compensation to victims and the church out of healthcare..
God bless you Holly for fighting for victims!
Have just read your letter, Holly, it was well articulated, and expresses a lot of what we in rural constituencies have to put up with on matters of conscience. The same mindset is also prevalent in places like CNW - but we didn’t let that stop us when we campaigned for TFY, and it won’t stop us when we see injustices now! Best of luck in the Locals!
4 weeks ago
"How does the council even work? Will I realistically get around to voting on this? Basically, what is the point?" I hear you say (in truth, I'm quoting myself, before I became interested in any of this).
Well, the Cork County Council has a designated membership of 55 Councillors who are elected to the Council every five years.
It meets twice a month as a full Council and is split into three Divisional Committees; North, South, and West, each of whom meets monthly. Primarily, to develop, make decisions on and implement policy for a range of services, on all of our behalves.
The Council has an annual revenue budget of approximately €300m and services a population of 400,000 people, or 141,000 households.
Cork County Council, also know as "Cork CoCo", which I like, cause it reminds me of Coco Pops, is the largest Local Authority based on geographic area size. In other words, we have the biggest and best sounding, when abbreviated, local authority in Ireland.
It delivers on the bread and butter services in our community like:
Arts & Heritage
To summarise; who our local council members are and the decisions they make, shapes the environment we live in, in every way.
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Council votes. County Manager rules. In Roscommon, anyway.
You then Holly.
Hi, I be thinking the local government needs too be reformed and more powers handed back too local cllrs.The Community groups are important and local residents big role in this.The local cllr can play a big part in this and getting information out there getting involved.lnformation evenings.It always takes time.
This post got me thinking in good way.
Very informative Holly - but makes me want a bowel of coco pops 🍜
It's a pity you are running in Bantry. Wrong electoral area for Skibbereen.
You had me at coco pops 😂🙌🏼🙊
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If you needed a help out anytime like Canvass or leaflets drop in the future,l would like help out and l like your Facebook page as well.
Nice one Holly 🙂
We do not want a plastic factory in Skibbereen, West Cork.
We hope @Corkcoco starts to believe in West Cork rather than launching hashtags.
We hope that #greeninfrastructure becomes a real driver of growth and not just a phrase in another ignored Development Plan.
Meanwhile, Ben being an ass, as usual!