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Letters – Upsetting the Apple cart

Dear Editor, The €13 billion that Brussels says Apple owes the Irish State raises more questions than our Government or previous Governments are willing to answer, some answers we already know. Were Apple given favourable tax terms? The answer is almost certainly yes sweetheart deals were done by Irish Governments and of course our Tax Officials had no choice but to honour what ever was agreed, therefore Apple can say

Clune rejects  “flag of convenience” claim re Norwegian Airlines Ireland

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has rejected claims made by US Congressman Peter De Fazio that Norwegian Airlines Ireland is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared opposition to Norwegian flying from Cork and Shannon airports to the United States as the same kind of negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a license to fly to the UK in 1986.   “I utterly refute the

Clune calls for the EU Medicines Agency to relocate from London to Cork

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune will lobby for the European Medicines Agency, currently based in London, to be relocated to Cork after Britain last week decided to leave the EU. “The BrExit vote last week means that the European Medicines Agency cannot continue to be located in London. Cork is perfectly placed as a new location for the agency. We have an international airport on our doorstep and a top

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.

Shoppers urged to buy Irish this Black Friday weekend

LOCAL Labour TD Michael McCarthy is urging local shoppers to but Irish this Black Friday weekend. Black Friday has a reputation of being the biggest shopping day of the year.  Stores have traditionally offered incredible bargains to lure shoppers into stores and, while the phenomenon started in the US, Irish shoppers have started to avail of the deals available in Irish stores and online.

West Cork says Yes

WEST Cork along with every constituency in the country except one, has backed the same sex marriage referendum by a considerable margin.   The final vote in the Cork South West constituency was 56% Yes, 44% No the turnout was 61.7%. In actual numbers there were 37,107 votes cast in the constituency with 20,627 voting Yes, 16,225 voting No and 255 spoiled papers giving the Yes side a winning margin

European Directive has the potential to hurt small scale tourism

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has vowed to fight to change the Package Travel Directive that is due to come back before the European Parliament shortly. MEP Clune feels that the directive will add a layer of red tape and cost to small tourism providers in Ireland and will hinder the efforts to cross promote tourism interests on the Wild Atlantic Way. Following meetings with the Department of Transport and

Poor road maintenance is costing lives and hindering business – EU report

A new EU report on road surfaces shows that Ireland drastically reduced our road maintenance budget between 2008 and 2011 due to the economic crisis. The report singles out Italy, Ireland, Slovenia and Spain as having serious reductions in the amount of investment in road maintenance according to Ireland South MEP and member of the European Parliament Transport Committee Deirdre Clune.

Major opportunity for Irish beef as US lifts 15-year ban

Labour TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed the decision that Ireland is to be the first country to be granted access to the US market following the lifting of the ban on European meat. “The ban had been in place since for more than a decade following the BSE scare in the 1990s.  The announcement today to permit full access to the US market offers enormous potential for Irish producers and

Questions arise from Ireland’s abstention from UN vote on Gaza

WEST Cork based Labour TD Michael McCarthy, has said that questions arise from Ireland’s decision to abstain in a UN Human Rights Council vote on whether to investigate Israel’s offensive in Gaza.   “I was surprised to learn of the Government’s decision not to support an international inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza. I have very serious concerns about the appalling situation in Gaza which has led to an unacceptable

Largest ever 3D multi-client seismic survey offshore Ireland to commence shortly

POLARCUS Amani, the ultra-modern, ice-class, 3D seismic vessel arrived in the port of Ringaskiddy recently. Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources welcomed the crew and was given a tour of the high spec seismic vessel. The 92m Polarcus Amani is about to undertake one of the largest ever 3D seismic surveys offshore Ireland, towing a seismic array behind the vessel of approx. 1.4 km width by

Ireland’s new postcode system, ‘Eircode’ is officially launched

THE Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte has officially launched “Eircode”, the new location code system for Irish addresses.   At the launch in Dublin he said, “A publicly-owned postcode system is a key piece of modern national infrastructure, and as Eircode will be unique to each individual address it will easily link with databases, online maps, sat-navs and smart phones. It will bring significant opportunities and benefits to the public,

Wild Atlantic Way and West Cork to feature on top travel blog

UP to 800,000 people in Canada and elsewhere around the world are set to read all about West Cork and the Wild Atlantic Way. Award-winning Canadian travel bloggers Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil – whose blog is called The Planet D – arrived in Ireland last week, on the inaugural Aer Lingus Toronto to Dublin flight, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus.

National Pilgrim Paths Day in West Cork

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh joined members of the St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Way to launch the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day, which takes place on Saturday, April 19th. Pictured at the launch at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin were Heritage Council Chief Executive Michael Starrett; Chairman of National Pilgrims Path John O’Dwyer; Micheál Ó Muircheartaig; Con Collins of Collins Press, and David Ross.

West Cork case could spark biggest judicial crisis in State’s history

AN unsolved West Cork murder could be at the root of potentially the biggest judicial crisis ever to face the Irish State according to reports in the Irish Times.   The ongoing crisis engulfing the gardaí, Minister for Justice and the Government itself originates, according to the report, in proceedings relating to the unsolved murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier on the Mizen Peninsula in 1996.

Fresh tourism figures show strong finish for 2013

NEW CSO figures show that overseas visitor numbers to Ireland increased by almost 10% in October to December 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. West Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “The CSO figures released today are clear evidence that 2013 was a year of solid achievement for the tourism industry. Ireland did a hard-sell on tourism last year, with a concerted effort to promote the country at

Soccerline – The dream team

by Striker   You will have heard that famous old saying, “ask not for whom the bell tolls, for now it tolls for thee”, or words to that effect.   What it effectively means is that the time of reckoning has come when concerted action must be the order of the day in whatever task is facing those involved.

Clocks go back this weekend

THE Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, as the Minister with responsibility for Time, would like to remind the general public that ‘Winter Time’ will commence at 1:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Sunday 27th October, 2013. Clocks, watches and all other time sensitive equipment and gizmos should be put back one hour at that time.

McCarthy welcomes new postcodes for Cork South West

LABOUR TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed agreement on the roll-out of a new modern postcode system for Ireland, which will make it easier for post, parcels and other services to reach local households.   “The new postcode system will be the most advanced of its kind in Europe and the first in the world to use unique identifier codes. It will have a particular impact in rural Ireland, where one-third

Keep low VAT rate to maintain tourism boost says TD

CSO figures published recently show a 6.5% rise in overseas visits to Ireland for the first eight months of 2013. The figures on overseas travel indicate that all four main overseas markets are showing positive growth, and Ireland is set to surpass the Gathering target of attracting an additional 325,000 visitors this year.

Soccerline – The right man for the job?

by Striker   Well, the trap, to quote a well-worn out phrase, has finally been sprung on the enigmatic Trappatoni, and his side-kick Tardelli, and it seems that they both have come to an amicable agreement with the FAI before taking their leave of these shores, and while it is always traumatic to see any manager removed from his post, nevertheless one could say that it was an almost inevitable