Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, held a special reception on Monday December 12th to acknowledge the work carried out in the city by the Probation Community Service team on behalf of Cork City Council.
Brian Dack, national head of Community Services for the Probation Service said:
"Great credit is due to the local Probation Officers and Community Service Supervisors who work so diligently. Obviously we would also like to acknowledge the work of the participants themselves who are giving back to their communities with their hard work."
Jim O’Donovan, Director of Services, Community and Enterprise and Environment, Cork City Council said:
"In this time of limited resources, we are very fortunate to have a service such as this available to us. It is a prime example of how interagency working can add such great value to local community services".
Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Brian Dack, national head of Community Services for the Probation Service and Jim O’Donovan, Director of Services,Community & Enterprise and Environment, Cork City Council pictured with Community Services staff from the Probation Service and Cork City Council recently.
This partnership has been in place for the last two years and has involved the community service team removing graffiti and carrying out other environmental works in various parts of the City. More recently, it has expanded to include a pilot project to remove graffiti from the city centre in conjunction with Cork Business Association.
The work which they carry out is very varied – a large amount involves removing graffiti from houses, parks, shops etc. The flexibility of the service is a great strength - they have also removed rubbish from vacant housing, painted walls and planted in housing courtyards. Support is provided by the City Council’s Community Wardens in the RAPID (Revitalisation in Areas through Planning Investment and Development) areas and the Litter Wardens in the city centre.
Cork City Council staff from Community & Enterprise and Environment, Housing and Recreation, Amenity & Emergency Services Directorates who are involved in the Graffiti Removal Programme pictured with Deputy Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald( Front Row, Centre) and Cllrs Mary Shields (Front row first on left) and Catherine Clancy (Front Row second from right).