THE West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) is set to appeal the decisoon to grant the adminstration of the new LEADER rural development programme to the new County Council backed Local Community Development Committee (LDC). In an open letter, WCDP Chief Executive Officer Ian Dempsey said that the WCDP board had met to discuss the situation and had decided to lodge a formal appeal.
WEST Cork Independent TD Michael Collins has urged the Minister of Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht to fight for investment in the arts. Deputy Collins recently raised the issue of arts funding with the Minister in the Dáil.
It has been announced that the West Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – has been selected by an Independent Selection Committee to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork. This means that the West Cork LCDC is the preferred applicant for managing and administering LEADER funding under the upcoming LEADER programme 2016-2020.
by Stephen Johnson MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.
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.
LOCAL Labour TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed the announcement of €16,000 for two local heritage structures.
SEVEN Community Hospitals in West Cork – Castletownbere, Dunmanway, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Kinsale and Bantry are to receive €17.87m in funding for upgrades and refurbishment it has been announced.
WEST Cork TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that €2.53m fundinghas been approved for Castletownbere and Cape Clear Harbours. Further additional funding of €2m nationally, was also allocated towards storm damage repairs for the various harbours in West Cork.
THE Minister for Tourism Michael Ring has announced that €50,000 has been allocated for the West Cork Chamber Music and Literary Festivals in 2016. This is part of Fáilte Ireland‘s national funding of just over €1.8 million for 23 key national festivals and events.
THE Minister of State at the OPW, Simon Harris has approved funding of €72,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for Skibbereen. Local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “The funding is to replace the 36m of culvert in private lands by the River Ilen, in Skibbereen and I am pleased to have invited Minister Harris to Skibbereen last Monday, to witness first-hand the situation there.
MATERIAL released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Cork South-West Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has revealed that Cork has been double hit by cuts to the Leader programme. County Cork received around €54m from 2007-2014 but this was cut by 74% to €13.9m.
START-UPS in West Cork are set to benefit from €300,000 in seed funding pleged to the recently established Ludgate@Skibbereen digital hub at National Digital Week Skibbereen by Cork business-man Maurice Healy of the Healy Group and Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O’Driscoll who each pleged €150,000.
CORK County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the allocation of financial assistance to community and voluntary groups within County Cork as part of the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme. The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups
Ludgate@Skibbereen are proud to announce that they are the lucky recipients of a €50,000 fund through the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) pilot scheme via the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) fund. Ann Phelan, TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs announced the €3,758,479 in funding on Tuesday for the REDZ pilot scheme where recipients were selected on a competitive basis. This pilot is a result of the work
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.
ALMOST €100,000 has been awarded to two West Cork towns in a bid to help them become Regional Economic Development Zones (REDZ). It was confirmed today that Castletownbere and Skibbereen are receiving €44,500 and €50,000 each as part of their selection as one of 26 new REDZ pilot projects around the country.
Flood damage in Goleen. Pic: Cllr Michael Collins THE spectre of flooding has already impacted on communities across West Cork and Kerry with the south west of the country enduring sustained heavy rain in the second week of September that led to spot flooding and damage in several locations. The worst affected areas where the Beara, Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and Ballineen and Dunamanway areas where roads were impassable
THE West Cork Municipal District has agreed to set aside a fund of €60,000 for six West Cork towns to purchase Christmas Lights. Welcoming the funding Dunmanway based independent councillor. Declan Hurley said, “The six towns listed in the County Development Plan, Bantry, Castletownbere Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen and Schull will benefit to the tune of €10,000 each to upgrade or purchase new Christmas Lights for the 2015 festive season.”
WEST Cork markets are being urged to apply for new funding for local food and artisian markets being made available through a new government scheme. The scheme is open to all rural towns and villages with populations of up to 10,000 and offers potential funding of between €5,000-10,000 for development of existing or start-up local food and artisan markets.
Dock Pier Sherkin Island is to receive €15,000 and Hare Island a further €15,000 in funding as part of a national programme for the repair and development of piers and harbours.
THE Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has confirmed that funding of more than €300,000 has been confirmed for non-gaeltacht islands to the end of this year. There was an outcry from islanders late last year when it was announced that funding was due to be cut off this year with many claiming it could spell the end for viable communities on the islands in question.
THE Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphries has announced the awarding of several grants to West Cork projects under the Community Heritage Grants Scheme.
THE housing list in County Cork will be reduced by 25% as a result of 1,217 social housing units to be delivered by the end of 2017; that’s according to local Labour TD Michael McCarthy. Details of the new Build, Buying & Leasing Programme were confirmed by Environment Minister Alan Kelly who outlined the plan that is aimed at “significantly reducing” the numbers of people on housing lists locally. Nationally
THERE has been an angry reaction to the Leader funding allocation announced for Cork County recently by Minister Alan Kelly which one local councillor says represents a 68% cut to the annual allocation. Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and Ann Phelan, TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs announced €220 million overall for LEADER including €13,938,823.22 for Cork County.
TEN events and fesivals in West Cork are set to benefit from €30,000 in funding as part of a national allocation of €564,000 made through Failte Ireland.
FINE Gael West Cork TD Noel Harrington, has says that funding for the Development Offices on non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the future. The news will allay fears that funding for the islands, which include six of West Cork’s inhabited islands, could have been permanently cut. There was an outcry from islanders late last year when it was announced that funding was due to be cut off this year
A REPORT this week on the allocation of funding for roadworks in the county for the coming year was issued to the councillors on Cork County Council at their forthnightly meeting. The omission of any funding for the N71,the scene of many fatalities over recent years,has been met with condemnation by Bandon based Cllr Rachel McCarthy. The Sinn Féin councillor has said that it was “a disgrace” that the N71
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
THE Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has confirmed that funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the remainder of 2015. As reported in West Cork Times, the non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands were granted assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands would be in place as far as March 2015.
SWIMMERS from Dunmanway and right across Cork will be delighted to hear that Minister for Sport Paschal Donohoe has signed off on plans for the new €6.1 million state-of-the-art swimming pool in in the town. The minister has approved a €3.8m grant to Cork County Council under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme which will enable the council to proceed with construction.