WORK on Clonakilty’s flood defence plan is set to begin in Autumn 2015, that’s according to the Minister for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris who visited the town recently to launch a public consultation on the €12 million scheme. The plan includes defences against both tidal and river flooding both of which have caused problems for Clonakilty in recent years. The plan envisages flood walls, embankments, retention ponds
THE High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. West Cork based lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have asked the Court for an ‘Order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.
PLANS to construct a flood relief scheme in Skibbereen must not be delayed any further, that is according to Labour TD Michael McCarthy. Speaking during a Topical Issues debate in the Dáil, Deputy McCarthy said, “The Government has ringfenced almost €13m for flood defences in Skibbereen and, while I welcome the Minister’s renewed commitment to the scheme, there has been some noticeable slippage with regard to the planned schedule of
There will be a clothing recycling drive in aid of St Endas National School on 12th December 2014; We are accepting donations now! Clothes can be dropped to the school or can be dropped to Johnstown Old National School on Sundays after Mass 9th November – 7th December 10:30 – 11:30 or you can arrange collection with Gillian 087 886 1772, Mary 087 990 7287, or Mary – 086 818
BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) recently hosted a workshop on “Marine Litter and Derelict Fishing Gear” in the agency’s Seafood Development Centre (SDC) in Clonakilty. The main aim of the workshop was to assist the fishing industry to explore innovative ways to tackle marine litter at sea and onshore.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has received written confirmation from Irish water that a permanent solution is to be put in place to address the poor quality of public water supply available in Belgooly Co Cork. Jim Daly said that he has been receiving complaints from residents in the area over a number of years and he is glad to have received written confirmation from Irish
Michael McCarthy TD, Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee of the Environment and Local Government, has welcomed news that progress has been made to resolve water supply issues in Belgooly. “I have campaigned for sometime now alongside local residents to have the village connected to the mains supply in Riverstick – as planned in 2009, before the scheme was put on hold because of the economic downturn.
by Stephen Johnson A public meeting will be held at the Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare from 2pm – 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 15th, to discuss past flooding in Kenmare and possible damage to Kenmare from flooding in the future. In October 2008, Kenmare suffered its worst flood in living history. The flood caused tens-of-thousands of euro worth of damage. The town was completely cut off as the River Finnihy burst
FOLLOWING a meeting with Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW), re-assurance was given, that all three West Cork Flood Relief Schemes, Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen, were being advanced under the Arterial Drainage Act.
by Eoghan O’Connell TO Celebrate Ireland Coastal Champions, Clean Coasts have launched their annual Ocean Heroes Awards. The Clean Coasts Ocean Heroes Awards are an annual initiative run by An Taisce which recognise the invaluable contribution that individuals, community groups, businesses and schools make in protecting and conserving Ireland’s spectacular coastline. The prestigious awards forms part of the Clean Coasts programme which encourages the public to care for, and celebrate