A CALL for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal cleanup was made today by Clean Coasts ambassador and pro surfer Easkey Britton. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2015 takes place from May 8th to May 17th and everybody is invited to get involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.
A MASSIVE spring clean –up of roadside litter from the Ballygurteen, Bealad and Rossmore areas has now been successfully completed by the members of Kilmeen & Castleventry Community Development Association. One hundred and two different volunteers, working over three Saturdays, collected three hundred and seventy bags of rubbish weighing over five tonnes from an estimated fifty miles of roadsides in these and surrounding areas.
Kerry County Fine Gael Cllr Patrick O’Connor-Scarteen has warned that many people in rural areas around Kenmare are “prisoners in their own homes” due to overgrown hedges on approach roads to their properties.
by Stephen Johnson ILLEGAL gorse fires continued to rage across South Kerry this week, damaging oak woods in Killarney National Park and scorching neighbouring grass lands, foot hills and mountain sides, and threatening nearby homes. There were no reported injuries. Last weekend, the Kerry Fire Service was called to extinguish gorse fires in Kenmare and Tuosist.
EFFORTS to progress the flood scheme for Bandon town have moved forward with confirmation that the legal challenge to the tendering process has been resolved and tenders for the scheme will issue in the next two to three weeks. Speaking from his Constituency Office in Bandon, local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly confirmed that he has been informed by his colleague Minister Simon Harris that the tenders for the Bandon
MORE action is needed from Cork County Council to ensure landowners meet their responsibilities for hedge and verge cutting on public roads. That was the message from the recent meeting of councillors from the West Cork Municipal District in Dunmanway.
INDEPENDENT councillor Michael Collins walked out from the recent West Cork Municipal District meeting in Dunmanway’s Methodist Hall in protest at cuts to civic amenity site opening times. Cllr Collins said that recent reduced hours brought in at the Derryconnell (Mizen) and Castletownbere recycling sites were a major inconvenience for local people and said that local councillors had not been consulted in any way about the move.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, has urged people in West Cork to avail of the SEAI Better Energy Homes grant. The scheme provides financial assistance to homeowners to improve the comfort levels within their home while reducing energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions.
AN emergency motion calling on Irish Water to proceed with the main drainage in Bandon was passed by Cork County Council at its recent meeting. The motion was introduced by Bandon-based Sinn Féin Cllr Rachel McCarthy following news last week that after a cost benefit analysis Irish Water had decided not to implement the main drainage scheme as envisaged and wanted it to be redesigned. The scheme has been plagued
by Cathal O’Donovan “WE are edging ever closer to construction and to work on the ground ” was the verdict from Skibbereen Floods Committee after their meeting at Leinster House last week with Simon Harris TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW and Public Procurement.