AT a recent ceremony at the Bandon Adult Learning Centre several students were awarded certificates for the completion of their studies in the English as a Second Language and Information Technology classes.
BANDON Town Council has approved a proposal to name a picturesque riverside walkway the Graham Norton River Walkway to honour the comedian and famous talk show host.
The proposal was made by the Bandon Rebel Week committee as part of the Cork flagship Gathering event, which will run from October 14th-20th.
The Bandon native was hosting the glittering awards ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall, when he was honoured himself.
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.
The plan was to commission a West Cork artist to design and build the statue, which would then be unveiled by Mr. Norton in Bandon as part of the Cork Rebel Week celebrations in October.
However, it appears that Mr. Norton is not in favour of the idea and said ‘I must write to them and beg them not to. It’s such a waste of money and it would look hideous.’
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.”
Despite facing some stiff competition from the ‘Ogra generation’, Mayor Coughlan increased her vote by ten percent on last year’s poll.
TO coincide with the Bealtaine Festival for Older People, West Cork Citizens Information Service will hold an information event in Bandon on Friday, May 10th; the event will run from 2-4pm and the will take place in the Munster Arms Hotel.
There will be a number of speakers at the event. [Read more...]
Last weekend saw up to twenty delegates from across West Cork attending the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Castlebar County Mayo.
They took part in debates on the many motions in relation to rural Ireland and issues facing people from West Cork due to budget restraints.
Very informative fringe meetings with experts in CAP, natural resources and their potential and rural transport were well attended by the West Cork delegation.