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Death of the Islands? – Funding cuts announcement threatens very existence of offshore communities claim islanders

ISLAND communities across West Cork as well as along the entire West Coast say that cuts to core funding allocations to non – Gaeltacht Islands will lead to the islands becoming unviable as permanent communities.   The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced that it is to terminate funding to their five Community Development Companies Offices from December 31st, 2014.

Water Service vans burned out in Bantry

A GARDA investigation is underway following an arson attack on two Cork County Council water service vans at a depot in Bantry over the weekend. The attack occurred at the depot in Newtown in the early hours of Sunday morning and is being treated as malicious by gardaí.

One killed in Crookstown accident

ONE person has died and another has been seriously injured following a road traffic accident at the Crookstown junction of the N22 Cork – Macroom Road.   The collision between a car and a truck happened just after 1.15pm. The deceased is understood to be a 74-year-old woman who was travelling in a Toyota Avensis car with her husband. He has been taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. The

Big brother comes to Clonakilty as CCTV system goes live

CLOSED circuit television cameras are set to change the nature of policing in many of the towns across West Cork with Clonakilty being the latest town to go live this week. Cork Southwest TD Jim Daly has welcomed the installation of eight new security cameras erected at strategic locations throughout the town of Clonakilty and confirmed that Clonakilty will be looking to further extend the number of cameras in the

Farewell to a political giant – hundreds attend funeral service for former minister Joe Walsh in Clonakilty

CLONAKILTY came to a virtual standstill as hundreds gathered to pay their last respects to the former agriculture minister Joe Walsh who died following a short illness at the age of 71.   Mr Walsh was TD for Cork South West from 1977–1981 and 1977–1981 and served as Minister for Agriculture from 1992 –1994 and 1997 – 2004 during which time he dealt with the 2001 foot and mouth crisis.

Tributes paid to Joe Walsh

TRIBUTES have been paid to former Agriculture Minister and west Cork TD Joe Walsh who has died at the age of 71.   Mr Walsh, from Clonakilty died at Cork University Hospital following a short illness. He became Minister for Food in 1987 and served as Minister for Agriculture from1992-94 and from1997 – 2004.   Paying tribute, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin said, “The news of Joe’s death has come

West Cork live register numbers continue to decline

NEW figures show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by 4,298 year-on-year.There were 34,151 people on the Live Register in Cork in October, compared to 38,449 in October of last year. A further breakdown of local figures reveals that things are moving in the right direction in West Cork. There was a 12.11% decrease recorded in live register figures in Bandon, a 11.46% decrease in Skibbereen,

Ian Bailey civil action begins

A CIVIL action brought by Ian Bailey who claims he was wrongly arrested in connection with the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996 has begun at the High Court. Mr Bailey (57) who lives neat Schull on the Mizen Peninsula is suing the Garda Commissioner, Minister for Justice and the Attorney General for damages.

History made in Dunmanway with first West Cork Municipal District meeting

HISTORY was made in Dunmanway as the new West Cork Municipal District held one of its official meetings in the town for the first time. Local independent county councilor Declan Hurley welcomed the November Municipal District meeting to Dunmanway stating, “This is a historic day for the town of Dunmanway, as for years the town has been referred to as the forgotten town in West Cork.