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Cork – US flights could begin in August

IRELAND South MEP and member of the EU Transport Committee Deirdre Clune has met with CEO of Norwegian Airlines Bjørn Kjos in Brussels to discuss transatlantic flights from Cork to the US.

Sadness in West Cork as second road accident victim dies this week

A MAN involved in a road traffic accident on the Bantry line on Wednesday, March 9th last has died at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Thirty four-year-old John Strahan who was the branch manager of the Bank of Ireland in Bantry was airlifted to CUH following the accident at Togher on the R585 north of Dunmanway. Mr Strahan was described as being is a critical condition on arrival at hospital.

Bandon to Kilbrittain reopens to traffic

THE road between Bandon and Kilbrittain reopened to traffic ton Feruary 12th last following severe flood damage that forced its closure in the aftermath of Storm Frank, the road was one of the worst hit in West Cork by the recent bad weather.

Funding announced for road projects in Kenmare

ALMOST €13 million will be invested in Kerry’s regional and local road networks under a national tranche of €298 million for 2016. The announcement of the funding allocation by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, will allow Kerry County Council to plan its work programme for the year.

Minister must act to protect ‘Open Skies’ deal to benefit Cork Airport

CORK South-West election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed serious concern about the possible delay to the introduction of Cork-to-Boston flights under the 2007 ‘Open Skies’ agreement. A low-cost airline is due to operate flights from Cork to the US from May but now the deal in jeopardy.

Commitment to Macroom bypass called into question as N22 funding cut

FIANNA Fáil General Election candidate for Cork North-West Cllr Aindrias Moynihan has revealed that the Government has allocated less money to the Macroom Bypass for next year.??When the Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocations were announced just before Christmas the Macroom Bypass was allocated €3.8m for 2016. This is a reduction on what was allocated for the bypass in 2014 and 2015 and it casts doubt on the Government’s commitment to the

Have your say on speed limit review

WEST Cork Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Hayes is calling on the public to contact the county council to highlight roads they feel need their speed limit reviewed. “Road safety and in particular the dangers of speeding drivers are a constant concern for road users. Many of the accidents on our roads are caused by motorists driving inappropriately fast on roads not suitable for such speeds,” he said.

Bandon event highlights importance of cycle safety

A ROAD safety information event, and cycle workshop was held at the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon recently. This event was organised by Garda Damian White, Community Garda Bandon, with assistance from Niamh Sammon, Operations Manager, Riverview Shopping Centre, Karen McCarthy the Road Safety Authority Education Officer, and Ruth Bullough and Katie Mann from Cycle Sense.

Cork County Council leads Cork Airport marketing supports

CORK County Council has confirmed that it has committed a sum of €100,000 to support a cooperative marketing programme with Cork Airport aimed at maximising the opportunity for inbound tourism arising from the ongoing route developments at the airport.

County Mayor welcomes Cityjet Cork to London City flights that commence this week  

THE Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr John Paul O’Shea has this week welcomed the commencement of the CityJet Cork-London City flights from Cork Airport. Welcoming the Cork to London City service, Mayor O’ Shea said, “This new service which commences this Thursday from Cork Airport offers the people of Cork a direct flight into the heart of London city within one hour.

Funding approved for Macroom Bypass

by Stephen Johnson   FUNDING has been approved for the long-awaited bypass on the N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom road.   This comes as part of a €6bn investment in the road network over the next seven years announced by the Government this week in its €42bn capital investment plan for the country.

Cork’s American dream takes off

AFTER years of trying, false dawns, set backs and disappointments, the nation’s second busiest airport is finally set to see direct, scheduled flights to the USA. Cork Airport has warmly welcomed the announcement from low cost carrier Norwegian that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017. A Cork-Barcelona service is also planned

Draft in contractors to get rural roads in shape says TD

CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has written to the 55 members of Cork County Council seeking their support for an initiative he has resubmitted to Management in County Hall which he claims would drastically improve the current condition of rural roads at a cost of less than 1% of the Motor Tax collected in the County of Cork each year.

Bandon pedestrian crossing to be moved for safety reasons

A dangerous pedestrian crossing in Bandon is set to be relocated following discussions between a local TD, the National Roads Authority and Cork County Council. Fine Gael TD Jim Daly said, “I am pleased to have received confirmation from the NRA that they are to install additional public lighting along the Bandon bypass to enhance safety at the GAA grounds and surrounding area.

Halfway roudabout to be upgraded

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has received confirmation from Cork County Council that a “long term sustainable solution” is to be put in place to enhance the appearance of the “Halfway” roundabout. The news comes about twelve months on since Deputy Daly first raised the issue with Council Management and since then Mr. Daly says he has received ongoing correspondence from constituents seeking updates and requesting

Bus Eireann expands Kenmare services

BUS Eireann has expanded its summer daily service between Kenmare and Killarney and begun a new daily “Ring of Beara” service. The expanded Kenmare-Killarney service (Route 270) offers three daily departures from Kenmare at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., with stops in Kilgarvin; Morley Bridge; Loo Bridge, and Glenfesk. The new service connects with services from Killarney to Kenmare.

Funding allocation announced for regional and local roads

REGIONAL and local roads across West Cork are set to received a badly-needed investment following the announcement of funding road infrastructure in Cork by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A total of €32.2 million has been allcated for regional and local roads in County Cork, part of a national investment programme of €294 million which will allow approximately 2,000km of regional and local road to be maintained and strengthened in

Action needed on Cork Airport – TD

WEST Cork TD Michael McCarthy has called for urgent action to be taken to protect and promote Cork airport. At a meeting of the Dáil Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy McCarthy directly raised Cork Airport with the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donoghue pointing out the critical issues currently facing the airport most notably declining passenger numbers, lost routes and the now urgent need to restart the Cork to

Call for Atlantic inter-city rail corridor

THE Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley TD has called on Irish Rail to engage in bold thinking in order to secure the future of the Western Rail Corridor. The call comes following reports that the Government is currently reviewing the rail network with the possibility of line closures. Deputy Dooley believes that if a proper InterCity Service was established between Cork via Limerick and Ennis