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Big turnout for candidates debate in Bandon

MORE than 300 people packed into the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon recently to attend a General Election debate among the 11 candidates seeking election to the 32nd Dáil for the Cork South West constituency. The event was organised by The Opinion magazine and moderated by editor Eddie Goggin. All of the 11 candidates were gathered together for the first time in the campaign, giving West Cork voters their first

Ambulance Service considering industrial action

Claims under-resourced service is under huge strain by David Forsythe AMBULANCE crews in West Cork are seriously considering taking industrial action to highlight what they say is an under-resourced and underinvested service, the West Cork Times has learned. Emergency crews who belong to the SIPTU union have already met to discuss ongoing problems in the service both in West Cork and in other parts of the county and country.

West Cork RNLI lifeboats launched more than 100 times in 2015

FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17

Brendan Howlin launches Michael McCarthy’s re-election campaign

SPEAKING at the launch of his forthcoming 2016 General Election campaign, Michael McCarthy TD spoke about the need to keep a strong West Cork voice in Government. The event was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, who also delivered good news and confirmed that he had officially approved the long-awaited Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme.