THE Sinn Fein Summer School returns again to The Mills Inn Baile Bhuirne this year with a very impressive line up of contributors for the event on June 28th and 29th.A large crowd from around the country and abroad will again make the annual trip to the Gaeltacht area of West Cork with the likes of Eamon Dunphy, Sean Og O Hailpin and disability campaigner Joanne O Riordan just a few of those confirmed to speak alongside household names in the political world such as Mary Lou McDonald and Pierce Doherty.
LABOUR TD for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy, has welcomed the announcement of the establishment of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), which will see the winding up of the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF), and the €6.4 billion it contains used for commercial investment in Ireland.
LOCAL Labour TD Michael McCarthy, has welcomed the launch of a new autism database at NUI Galway yesterday, the first of its kind in Ireland.
COUNCILLOR Phil O’Regan was elected as the new mayor of Clonakilty at the town Council’s AGM.
Phil O’Regan’s deputy will be Ann Cullinane.
She is likely to be the last mayor of Clonakilty as all of the country’s 82 town councils are facing abolition at next year’s local elections.
FIANNA Fáil Senator Denis O’Donovan has raised concerns about the proposed sale of the Bantry Oil Storage Facility by its multi-national owners Phillips 66.
Senator O’Donovan said, “The Bantry facility, which has a storage capacity of 7.5 million tonnes, is considered one of the best fuel storage facilities in Europe following significant investment over the past 15 years. It holds a large portion of this country’s national oil reserve and is of strategic importance to Ireland in terms of energy policy.
THE redrawn local election boundaries recently announced by Minister Phil Hogan will result in “a massive deprivation of representation” for people in West Cork, that’s according to local Fianna Fáil senator Denis O’Donovan.
The changes will see West Cork’s four electoral areas (Bantry, Bandon, Macroom and Skibbereen) replaced by a new West Cork area which runs from Beara to Courtmacsherry, a new Bandon and Kinsale area and a news Macroom area that will now also include Blarney.
Clon set to hold referendum on future of town council
CLONAKILTY is set to become the first town in the country to hold a full-scale referendum on whether or not local people want to retain their local town council.
The move came following a packed meeting in O’Donovan’s Hotel in the town on Tuesday night chaired by the current town mayor, Cllr Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin.
FINE Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the commitment by the Minister Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, to undertake a review of the fiscal terms for oil and gas production, saying this could go a considerable way to increasing the confidence of the oil and gas exploration industry and attract future investment in Ireland.
by Stephen Johnson
A PUBLIC meeting in Killorglin on Thursday, May 2, called on Kerry County Councillors to vote in favour of a motion backing retention of the South Kerry Development Partnership (SKPD) at the next Council meeting.