Bantry Councillor and Dáil candidate for Cork South-West

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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16 hours ago

Cllr Holly Cairns

NEW Podcast Alert!

🎧 In this episode:

I lose the rag over ragwort and my Plastics Factory motion causes chaos in the Council chambers. Link👇

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NEW Podcast Alert!

🎧 In this episode: 

I lose the rag over ragwort and my Plastics Factory motion causes chaos in the Council chambers. Link👇

https://soundcloud.com/user-446080088/itc3

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Thanks again Holly. This is shining a spotlight on the council workings. I'm shocked that a Councillor cannot ask where the advice came from for dealing with an environment matter which affects everyone, but for anything!. The ditches are as you say a refuge now for our wildlife. I stand to be corrected but I understood that the problem with ragwort only becomes evident when it is dried and in a mix with hay when the animals don't know it's there. I've been told that when its fresh and growing animals won't eat it. And if all the ragwort goes, so the cinnabar moth goes too.

Holly read Damien Enright s wonderful article on Dursey Island in Irish Examiner 9/12 /19 and the money being spent by Cork Co Council - Development was sanctioned by Planning and by Cork Co Council

Very interesting and explains a lot about how the council works and decisions are made. It's kind of startling to see how questioning the status quo causes such a rumpus, almost like no other councillor has done it before, well done Cllr Holly Cairns

And as for the attitude to rezoning!!!! Speeeeeechless I am.

Brilliant, Holly <3

Very interesting 👍

Loved this episode

Super stuff holly.

Very interesting

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Today my fellow councillors called on Cork County Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture to put on hold the decision to close the greyhound stadium in Youghal.

I didn’t support their stance.

Given that attendance fell by 55% between 2008 and 2018 and that the combined loss for tracks between now and 2022 is predicted to be 30 million - not to mention the fact that almost 6,000 greyhounds were killed for not racing fast enough in 2017 - I am not in favour of the council taking any steps to prop up the industry.

As part of my contribution, I stated that I am aware of course that this is not how everyone in the industry treats their greyhounds, but that because of the overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry revealed by RTÉ documentary “Running for their lives” I couldn’t support it.

I was the only member to object so there wasn’t a vote and my objection was just “noted”.

If you haven't seen 'Running for their lives' yet (it's available on the RTÉ Player), I'd urge you to do so.

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Today my fellow councillors called on Cork County Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture to put on hold the decision to close the greyhound stadium in Youghal. 

I didn’t support their stance.

Given that attendance fell by 55% between 2008 and 2018 and that the combined loss for tracks between now and 2022 is predicted to be 30 million - not to mention the fact that almost 6,000 greyhounds were killed for not racing fast enough in 2017 - I am not in favour of the council taking any steps to prop up the industry. 

As part of my contribution, I stated that I am aware of course that this is not how everyone in the industry treats their greyhounds, but that because of the overarching appalling standards of care and the loss-making nature of the industry revealed by RTÉ documentary “Running for their lives” I couldn’t support it.

I was the only member to object so there wasn’t a vote and my objection was just “noted”.
 
If you havent seen Running for their lives yet (its available on the RTÉ Player), Id urge you to do so.

https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Outrage-at-decision-to-close-Youghal-greyhound-stadium-We-need-to-fight-this-fbd74c4f-3d78-46a2-aa63-58636dab177e-ds

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Fair play to you Cllr Holly Cairns, it's good that someone is willing to stand up for animal welfare. Thank you for not supporting your fellow councillors' stance.

Thank you for being brave in your stance on this greyhounds deserve better 👍

Well done Holly. You absolutely made the right vote ❤️

You're a legend Holly. Thank you for standing up for what is right💖👍

Thank u so much Holly for speaking up on behalf of the greyhounds...Ireland needs more people like yourself in government!

Well done Holly. I wish there were more like you on the council.

Thank you Cllr Cairns.

This is brilliant. You absolutely made the right call.

Thank you Holly for reminding your fellow councillors about the horrific greyhound exploitation in this industry - hopefully your stance will influence others too!

God that must be frustrating!! Well done for standing up!

the fact that you were the lone dissenter says just how far we need to travel....thank you for being a voice for those of us who don't agree the government should subsidise a questionable form of entertainment....

Well done Holly, congratulations on taking that stance, the Greyhound industry badly needs revamping and sanctions put in place

Well done holly for being brave enough to stand your ground in the face of adversity and being the only one to give a crap. Shame on the rest of them

What a wonderful and principled politician.

Thank you so much for standing up!!!

Well done Holly. You are a force of nature and for nature

Thanks for your stand on this, Holly.

Well done for standing up against animal cruelty and shame on all the other councillors who think it's fine to waste public money in this outrageous way .how many social houses could be built with this money ? Why aren't more people asking this .

Well done Holly.

Well done, Holly.

Thanks Holly Cairns. It’s a horrible & cruel industry. Well done you🙏🏻👊🏻👏🏻👏🏻🐾🐾x

Well done, Holly.

I fully support you Cllr Holly Cairns.

Or spend the money providing homes and shelter for our fellow citizens.... well done Holly Cairns for standing alone.

Well done Holly. Keep up the fight.

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