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Public warned of damaging invasive plant species across West Cork

CORK city and county councils along with all other local authorities are being warned that they must take seriously the threat posed by invasive plant species Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica) before it’s too late. The plant establishes itself along roadsides, railways, riverbanks and hedgerows proving to be a driving hazard by blocking sightlines and damaging road surfaces. It can grow through concrete and tarmac causing dangerous and expensive structural damage

Invasive plant species workshop

INVASIVE species are among the foremost threats to biodiversity in the world, and in Ireland we are not alone in facing the problems of the spread of invasive species. As a response to find out what invasive species there are in Cork. The Cork Branch of the Wildlife Trust is running a project funded by Cork City Council to find out what the level of the problem is.  The project

The coast is clear for West Cork beaches – all blue flags and green coast awards retained in West Cork

DESPITE serious storm damage at a number of locations all of West Cork’s beaches have retained their Blue Flag and Green Coast status this year.   The beaches awarded Blue Flags were Garrylucas (Garretstown), Kinsale; Inchydoney; Owenahincha; Barleycove and Tragumna. The Green Coast award winners were Ballyrisode; Dooneen Pier, Kilcrohane; Galley Cove, Crookhaven; Garnish, Beara; Oysterhaven; Ring and Rocky Bay.

O’Brien welcomes action on Belgooly water supply

LOCAL Labour councillor Tomás O’Brien has welcomed news that immediate action has been agreed to resolve water supply issues in Belgooly.   “Following site visits and a meeting with Cork County Council adjustments have now been made to the existing pressure filters which have brought the iron & manganese levels below the guideline standards and this should provide short term relief for customers.

More answers needed on water charges rates

FIANNA Fáil local election candidate for West Cork Deirdre Kelly says serious questions remain over the introduction of water charges in the county. Despite the Government signing off on a plan to bring in the new tax in October, details on charges remain vague she said.   “What we are now faced with is the introduction of make-shift water charges. Serious questions arise in relation to the Government’s proposed water