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.
SINN Féin Bandon Cllr Rachel McCarthy has reacted to the statement this week from Fianna Fail that they had exposed the fact that local authorities can raise the property tax by 15%.
She said, “It beggars belief that Fianna Fáil only now seem to realise that the Home Tax can be increased by local authorities.
“If they were involved in the Dáil debate that very fact was raised on numerous occasions by the Sinn Féin TDs. We are introducing a Bill to repeal the tax in the Dáil but furthermore our party’s representatives would seek a mandate in the local elections to vote to reduce the tax by the maximum amount in local councils. Also if ever in a position of being in government Sinn Féin would abolish the tax if the repeal Bill fails,” she said.
Senator O’Donovan raised the issue in the Seanad this morning (Wednesday) and outlined his deep concern at the lack of urgency on behalf of the Minister in dealing with the crisis.
ON the first of May the introduction of the new tax on coal and briquettes which was part of the last budget comes into effect.This new tax increases the price of a bag of coal by nearly 3 euro and briquettes by near 30 cent a bale and puts further pressure on those struggling according to West Cork Sinn Fein Cllr Rachel McCarthy.
Cllr McCarthy said, “This increase in the price of fuel along with was have become extended cold periods is causing people to have to spend more and more money on their heating costs.
“The increase comes at a time where household budgets are already stretched to the limit.The old and those with young children have no option but to keep their houses warm and the government is now making that more difficult.”
LABOUR TD for Cork South-West, Michael McCarthy, has said a new survey which examines the prevalence of autism in Ireland will contribute to a greater awareness of the condition here.
Deputy McCarthy, who pioneered the landmark Autism Bill last month, said, “This survey is the latest in a series of important developments in this very important area.
The national organisation provides training and support to women from all backgrounds interested in a career in politics. Women for Election brought 20 women from various political parties and backgrounds from across Ireland to complete the three day residential programme.
Despite facing some stiff competition from the ‘Ogra generation’, Mayor Coughlan increased her vote by ten percent on last year’s poll.
by Brian Moore
PRO-LIFE campaigners took to the streets of Bantry to protest against any proposed abortion legislation currently under discussion by the government.