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Big turnout for candidates debate in Bandon

MORE than 300 people packed into the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon recently to attend a General Election debate among the 11 candidates seeking election to the 32nd Dáil for the Cork South West constituency. The event was organised by The Opinion magazine and moderated by editor Eddie Goggin. All of the 11 candidates were gathered together for the first time in the campaign, giving West Cork voters their first

Bandon remedial flood works set to start

CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.

Brendan Howlin visits Bandon

Pictured at the offices of the Bandon Opinion recently where he discussed flood alleviation measures was Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin with Eddie Goggin, Editor of the Opinion; Michael McCarthy TD and flood campaigners Maria McLaughlin and Mary McSweeney.

Minister must act to protect ‘Open Skies’ deal to benefit Cork Airport

CORK South-West election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed serious concern about the possible delay to the introduction of Cork-to-Boston flights under the 2007 ‘Open Skies’ agreement. A low-cost airline is due to operate flights from Cork to the US from May but now the deal in jeopardy.

TD calls for rates break for Bandon traders

WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has called for a break from rates payments for traders in Bandon who had their businesses flooded for the second time in a month. Speaking after surveying the scene in the town, Jim Daly said that Bandon’s South Main Street was destroyed as several feet of flood waters poured through the town centre just three weeks after the most recent flood event.

No “silver bullet” for flooding problem

THE Minister of State at the OPW, Simon Harris has approved funding of €72,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for Skibbereen. Local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “The funding is to replace the 36m of culvert in private lands by the River Ilen, in Skibbereen and I am pleased to have invited Minister Harris to Skibbereen last Monday, to witness first-hand the situation there.

Former Bandon mayor threatened with expulsion from Fianna Fáil

A FORMER Fianna Fáil mayor of Bandon has been threatened with expulsion from the party even though he is no longer a member.   Sean O’Donovan, a former town councillor, who was mayor of Bandon from 2011 to 2012 received a text message from the local cumann secretary stating, “As cumann secretary, FF HQ has requested me to confirm that the sanction for any member who canvasses for, or openly