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
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.
A LAND zoning submission has been lodged with Cork County Council aimed at paving the way for a major €40m tourism and commercial development on lands next to the N71 at Castlebernard near Bandon.
SEVEN Community Hospitals in West Cork – Castletownbere, Dunmanway, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Kinsale and Bantry are to receive €17.87m in funding for upgrades and refurbishment it has been announced.
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.
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.
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.
FIANNA Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has criticised what she called the Government’s “lacklustre response” to the latest flooding to hit large parts of West Cork. Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said that people “feel completely let down” by the Government as they are forced to fend for themselves against the latest storm.?
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.
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