BANDON town councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that despite the election of three government deputies in the 2011 General Election, the constituency of Cork South West has been left with little more than broken and empty promises.
LABOUR TD for Cork South-West Michael McCarthy has welcomed the launch if the new parliamentary petitions system which enables members of the public to take their policy concerns directly to the heart of Parliament and influence the parliamentary agenda.
Deputy McCarthy, who is Vice-Chair of the Committee in charge of administering the new system, said it will ensure that citizens have a greater say in policy issues.
WEST Cork has returned a yes result in the Fiscal Treaty Referendum by a significant margin.
With all the votes counted showing Cork South West went 66.3 to 33.7 per cent for a yes vote while the Cork North West constituency voted 65.6 to 34.4 per cent in favour.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the Government’s new Pathways to Work initiative which aims to help 75,000 long -term unemployed people move into the workforce by 2015.
“A large number of people in Co. Cork have been affected by the unemployment scourge, either directly or through a loved one who has lost their job.
“Pathways for Work aims to stop the slide of people into long term unemployment and to ensure that as many job opportunities as possible are filled by people who are on the live register,” he said.
BEARA TD Noel Harrington has claimed the highest level of expenses since the Dáil sat in March last year.
He received €53,714.95 in expenses but was quick to point out that his political base in further from Leinster House than any other TD in the country at a distance of nearly 400km.
The President Elect received more than one million votes after the fourth and final count was completed, beating his nearest rival, independent candidate Sean Gallagher by more than 370,000 votes.
The Cork South West constituency was one of only four across the country that favoured Mr Gallagher on first preferences.
Despite narrowly losing out, local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said the party were delighted that Mr Higgins received more than 12,000 first preferences in West Cork.