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€440,000 investment in Cork seafood processing

THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).

Support of SMEs vital to rural Ireland

LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy has said the new Strategic Banking Corporation (SCBI) will drive growth in the small and medium business sectors that are vital to rural Ireland. The West Cork TD said, “SMEs are and will always be the lifeblood of our economy. They exist in every town and village in Ireland, sustaining local communities. They are an essential part of regional development. Without SMEs many of our towns

Kinsale’s Carlton Hotel put up for sale

KINSALE’S landmark four-star Carlton Hotel has been put on the market with agents Savills with a guide price of €4.25 million. The 70 bedroom hotel boats a scenic location overlooking Oysterhaven Bay just outside Kinsale and includes a 200 capacity ballroom, conference and banqueting facilities, a state-of- the- art leisure centre with a 20 metre swimming pool as well as 19 three-bedroom holiday houses fitted to a high standard.

Awareness campaign to tackle “very low” take-up of Govt supports for SMEs in West Cork

THERE are 80 Government supported programmes in place to support SMEs but most people don’t know about these schemes and there is a very low take-up rate according to local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington. “With SMEs and regional growth taking a central focus in this year’s Action Plan for Jobs, we need to ensure that all existing businesses and start-ups in West Cork are aware of the support on

West Cork Centra stores clean up at Quality Awards

FOUR West Cork Centra stores scooped the much coveted Excellence Ireland Supreme National Hygiene Award recently. The accolade identifies and reward retailers who have maintained the highest standards of food safety, quality, and hygiene in their stores over a three year period. The stores were O’Donovan’s Centra Enniskeane; Fuller’s Centra Union Hall; Galvin’s Centra Dunmanway and Andrew’s Centra, Bantry.

Paddy Morrissey appointed as SouthWestern managing director, Jim Costello becomes chairman

CAPITA has announced the appointment of Paddy Morrissey as managing director of West Cork-based subsidiary, SouthWestern. Paddy takes over from Jim Costello who is moving to the role of chairman and will continue to provide strategic advice. Paddy qualified as a chartered accountant in 1997. He worked primarily in the financial services industry for companies such as KPMG in the Channel Islands and Fortis and FEXCO in Ireland before joining

Bantry Bay oil terminal sold to Zenith Energy

HOUSTON Texas based Zenith Energy, an international liquids and bulk terminaling company, has announced that it has acquired the Bantry Bay Oil Terminal on Whiddy Island, Bantry Bay from Phillips 66. The terminal has a storage capacity of more than eight million barrels holding a third of Ireland’s strategic petroleum reserves. Zenith intends to continue operating the terminal on a commercial basis.

Action needed on Cork Airport – TD

WEST Cork TD Michael McCarthy has called for urgent action to be taken to protect and promote Cork airport. At a meeting of the Dáil Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy McCarthy directly raised Cork Airport with the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donoghue pointing out the critical issues currently facing the airport most notably declining passenger numbers, lost routes and the now urgent need to restart the Cork to