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Disability to remain a core priority for Fianna Fáil says Murphy O’Mahony

FIANNA Fáil’s newly appointed Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said she will ensure disability issues will be a core priority in the 32nd Dáil. The West Cork TD said, “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed to the Fianna Fáil front bench as the Party’s Spokesperson on Disability. I’ve worked and volunteered extensively in this field and it is an area I am passionate about. I will be

Collins promises to continue to lobby for rural Ireland

WEST Cork TD Michael Collins has welcomed the formation of a new Government, although he says it has taken far too long. Deputy Collins, said there was an onus on each and every member of Dáil Eireann to work towards forming that Government. Together with other rural Independent TDs, he called for the two largest parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to come together and negotiate a Programme for Government.

Leap surfacing works to begin in coming months

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has confirmed that Cork County Council is progressing design work on the road pavement between Leap and Dromihilly. It is currently anticipated that the Council will be in a position to tender the scheme in the coming months.

Clune rejects Bernie Sanders’ ‘flag of convenience’ claim

FINE Gael Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune, has rejected claims made by US Presidential hopeful, Senator Bernie Sanders, that Norwegian Airlines International is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared the opposition to Norwegian Airlines flying between Cork and Shannon airports and the United States, to the negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a licence to fly to the UK in 1986.

Macroom’s Michael Creed is new Minister for Agriculture

MACROOM-based TD Michael Creed has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. On accepting the post, Deputy Creed said, “It was an immense honour and privilege to be appointed by An Taoiseach on Friday last and to be subsequently endorsed by the Dáil to serve as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Ludgate puts Skibbereen on the digital map

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has praised the efforts of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship in the community.  The centre, which is seeking to create 500 new jobs over the next five years, is supporting an initial 75 or more jobs in the start-up phase.

Need for flood relief and insurance cover must not be forgotten says TD

FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection.  “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here

Here’s Danny! Collins set to continue brother’s work at County Council

by John Bohane NEWLY elected Independent Councillor Danny Collins was elated to be co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of his brother Michael to represent Cork South West following the recent general election. The Bantry based publican is hoping to carry on the good work his brother has achieved within the council chambers over the last two years before his subsequent election to the Dail.

Plight of West Cork’s variable rate mortgage holders will not be forgotten says new TD

?CORK South-West Fianna Fáil TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said the party is not forgetting the plight of standard variable rate mortgage holders trapped on high interest rates and stuck in a vicious cycle because of negative equity and inaction from banks. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Many families are feeling trapped and under huge strain because of their mortgage. I’ve met families who are stuck on high standard variable rates

Fine Gael’s Jim Daly says there are “a lot of lessons to be learned”

John Bohane in Clonakilty FINE Gael TD Jim Daly regained his seat in the Cork South West constituency after he came in third behind newly elected duo Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna Fail) and Michael Collins (Independent). Jim finished with a final total of 9,799 following a day of mixed emotions for the Fine Gael party who had their other sitting TD Noel Harrington lose out following a hard fought party.

Poll topper Margaret Murphy O’Mahony – “I never dreamt this moment would come true”

John Bohane in Clonakilty NEWLY elected Fianna Fáil TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed her delight at being the first female TD ever elected represent the Cork SW constituency when the new Dail resumes on Thursday, March 10th. Speaking to West Cork Times she said, “I am absolutely over the moon to have been elected to serve the people of Cork South West. It is a great honour. I am

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony makes history as West Cork’s first female TD

John Bohane in Clonakilty MARGARET Murphy O’Mahony made history in Clonakilty when she was elected the first female TD to serve the South West constituency. The Fianna Fail candidate was elected along with Independent Michael Collins and sitting Fine Gael TD Jim Daly. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony topped the poll after she received an extra 1,942 votes following the distribution of Independent candidate Alan Coleman’s votes. These extra votes propelled her

New TD Michael Collins – “I will fight for every single person in West Cork”

John Bohane in Clonakilty NEWLY elected Independent TD Michael Collins hailed his election to serve the Cork South West constituency following his dramatic election. The Mizen-based councillor told West Cork Times he was overwhelmed with the support he received throughout the constituency. “Absolutely delighted with my election. We worked very hard to achieve this result. I have worked hard over the last 25 years and especially over the last number

Coleman drops out – next count will tell all

John Bohane in Clonakilty INDEPENDENT Cllr Alan Coleman has just been eliminated from the hunt for a seat in the Cork SW constituency following the distribution of Sinn Fein candidate Rachel McCarthy’s total transferable vote of 3,346. Independent Cllr Michael Collins has moved into second place in the race for the three seats after he gained 1,465 which moved him onto a current total of 9,258. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna

Rachel McCarthy out at third count

John Bohane in Clonakilty SINN Féin candidate Rachel McCarthy has been eliminated from the Cork SW constituency following the distribution of the sitting Labour TD Michael McCarthy’s transferable vote of 3,151. Fianna Fail Cllr Margaret Murphy O’Mahony remains in pole position after she collected a further 383 votes which brings her to a current total of 9,228 votes.

Michael McCarthy bows out

John Bohane in Clonakilty OUTGOING Labour TD Michael McCarthy has been eliminated following the distribution of the combined votes (2,562) of the four candidates Johnny O’Mahony (Green Party), Theresa Heaney (Catholic Democrat), Fiona Pettit O’Leary (Independent) and Gillian Powell (Independent). Dunmanway based Labour TD Michael McCarthy was eliminated despite receiving a further 362 votes which moved him onto a final tally of 3,397 votes. The increase in votes for the

Murphy O’Mahony tops the poll in Cork Southwest

John Bohane in Clonakilty FIANNA Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has topped the poll in Cork South-West with 8,482 first preferences votes following the first count in Clonakilty. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony remains firmly poised to become the first woman to be elected in the constituency. The Bandon based councillor will however need another 2,333 votes to reach the quota. Sitting Fine Gael TD Jim Daly is currently in second place having

Harbour development in Schull not delivered says candidate

GENERAL Election Candidate and former Mayor of Cork Cllr Alan Coleman has claimed that funding to get the marina and pier extension project in Schull up and running must be a priority for the next government with the West Cork town having been let down by the present government despite three government TDs in West Cork.

Alan Coleman visits Global Shares

Pictured on a return visit to Global Shares in Clonakilty, where he met Emma Ross is General Election candidate Cllr Alan Coleman who first attended the opening of the premises as County Mayor.

Unemployment at seven-year low

THE latest figures from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) show that the unemployment rate is now at 8.9%, its lowest level in seven years.