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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

Labour Activation Minister visits West Cork

MINISTER of State at the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys T.D and local Labour TD Michael McCarthy, today visited a number of centres offering supports for jobseekers across West Cork. Deputy McCarthy said, “Tackling unemployment remains the single biggest issue for West Cork. I was delighted to show new Minister for Labour Activation, Kevin Humphreys, around today so that he could see for himself how this region is fighting

McCarthy supports wage increase call

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has supported calls by a Labour Minister for Business and Employment that workers’ wage levels should increase as the economy continues to improve. “I agree with Minister Ged Nash when he says that we need a wage-led recovery and decent, sustainable jobs. As the economy improves, workers’ wage levels should also improve so that they are spending more in the local economy to sustain

“We have to heed the warning” – West Cork Labour TD says Programme for Government must be renegotiated

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has said that his party must now renegotiate the Programme for Government following a poor showing across the country in the local and European elections. Speaking to West Cork Times, Deputy McCarthy said, “We don’t need to go for the nuclear option and panic but we do need to heed the warning and make significant changes”.

TD’s sister “an excellent candidate”

THE Labour Party have refuted criticism following the selection of the sister of sitting TD Michael McCarthy to contest the West Cork electoral area for the part in the upcoming local elections.   Norma Thompson (41) from Dunmanway was selected following the shock decision of former Skibbereen mayor Brendan Leahy not to stand again.   Norma who is married and has one child has been working as Deputy McCarthy’s constituency

Tomas O’Brien, Labour – Bandon / Kinsale

Tomas is a former Mayor of Kinsale and former Deputy Mayor of Kinsale Town Council.He has been involved in local community for many years now. The ‘political bug’ has always been there, as his father served on Kinsale Urban District council in the 1970s. Elected Mayor of Kinsale on three occasions, Tomas belives that it’s a huge honour to represent your town at home and abroad. The future of towns

Former Skibb mayor will not contest local elections

SITTING Labour Party county councillor, Skibbereen town councillor and former town mayor Brendan Leahy has confirmed he will not be standing for re-election at the upcoming local elections.   Mr Leahy who works as a paramedic supervisor for the HSE said that with the new larger constituency he felt he would not be able to give the job the commitment it deserved.

Labour election promise holds no credibility says Sinn Fein candidate

SINN Féin Candidate for the Bandon/Kinsale area Rachel McCarthy has this week reacted to a new election promise by Labour to cut the property tax.Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has said if his party is in control of a council they will use this power to reduce the tax by 15%.   Cllr McCarthy said, “Labour promises hold no credibility with me or the vast majority of the electorate.I fear that

McCarthy welcomes reduced Budget adjustment

Labour T.D for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy has welcomed confirmation that next week’s Budget could have correction measures of around €2.5bn – significantly less than the €3.1bn demanded by the Troika.   Labour has argued that the proposed budget adjustment of €3.1b was unnecessary as it would beat the troika’s budget deficit targets by a wide margin. Taking more than is needed out of the economy will only have

Government challenged on fuel poverty

SPEAKING following an extensive canvass of the Kinsale/Bandon area local Sinn Fein councillor Rachel McCarthy has slammed the Government and in particular the Labour party on what she says is the enormous growth of fuel poverty in the country.   “We’ve heard first hand while out canvassing, the stories of families struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills.According to the St Vincent de Paul the average cost of energy

West Cork Sinn Féin respond to Labour Budget criticism

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has challenged Sinn Fein to produce “properly costed” proposals in the run up to the next budget. Maybe we should be considerate of Michael’s current political difficulties and dwindling political prospects, but the fact remains that Michael is indulging in cynical and disingenuous waffle. To set the record straight, · Every year, without fail, Sinn Fein produces a fully-costed, detailed alternative budget submission for

Sinn Fein challeneged to have budget proposals costed

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has challeneged Sinn Fein to produce “properly costed” proposals in the run up to the next budget.   “Sinn Fein are clearly at sixes and sevens over their budget proposals but whether or not they scrap their proposals for a wealth tax, they must at the very least make a commitment that this year, they will have their proposals fully costed by the Dept

New Mayor elected in Kinsale

LABOUR Party councillor Tony Cierans has been elected as the new Mayor of Kinsale, with party colleague Cllr Thomás O’Brien elected as Deputy Mayor.   Thier election marks the first time that the Labour Party has held both positions on Kinsale Town Council at the same time.  

West Cork Sinn Fein echoes call for Labour to leave government

ALMOST 2,000 Sinn Féin delegates from all over the island of Ireland converged on Castlebar Co. Mayo last weekend for the party’s annual conference, the Ard Fheis.   Large numbers made the trip from West Cork also including Bandon Cllr. Rachel McCarthy, Kinsale Cllr. Noel Harrington and West Cork Dáil candidate Paul Hayes.   Speaking after the event, the local representatives echoed the calls by party president Gerry Adams for

Labour “reduced to welcoming scraps from the cabinet table”

THIS week Deputy Michael McCarthy along with his fellow Labour TDs around the country released statements welcoming the postponement of the introduction of water charges.   Reacting to the statement Sinn Fein Cllr Rachel McCarthy said, “Is this what Labour have been reduced to?   “Rushing to welcome a scrap from the cabinet table controlled by their Fine Gael masters.  

McCarthy welcomes move on water charge

LABOUR TD for Cork South-West, Michael McCarthy, has said that the decision not to introduce water charges in January 2014 is a key achievement for Labour in Government.   Deputy McCarthy, who is chair of the Environment Committee said, “The decision to take water charges off the agenda until the latter half of 2014 or even 2015 will make a massive difference to the budgets of every household in the

Labour accused of U-turn on State assets

THE Labour has turned its back on commitments to retain State assets in public ownership according to Sinn Féin’s West Cork PRO Paul Hayes Mr Hayes said the Labour Party had always stated their steadfast opposition to the sale of state assets and during the General Election they even placed it as a major plank in their manifesto.

Progress welcome in Ethiopian adoption efforts

CORK South West Labour TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed confirmation that Minister Frances Fitzgerald has asked the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) to examine the feasibility of establishing a bilateral agreement between Ireland and Ethiopia. “In recent days Minister Fitzgerald announced that she wrote to the AAI approving the commencement of a process to examine the feasibility of establishing a bilateral agreement with Ethiopia,” he said. “The AAI have now

Sinn Fein’s ‘empty barrel’ politics irresponsible if not unexpected

OPINION As we enter into 2012 Irish people do so facing another year of dealing with austerity, bleak economic forecasts and stark social conditions. It is a position which is not the responsibility of those are now suffering most; the mortgage holders, the unemployed and the elderly. It is a position which had its die cast by a Fianna Fáil government, its treasonous portrayals of public representation and its blatant

The Failure of banks to pass on interest rate cut raises legislative questions

THE news that the AIB and the Bank of Ireland will not pass on an interest rate cut to citizens is galling, unacceptable and a precedent that cannot be allowed to continue. The Government and its members have made numerous calls for this situation to be reversed, yet the AIB have seen fit to ignore a request from the Taoiseach himself to pass on the cuts to the mortgage holders.

Higgins’ election an “outstanding achievement”

THE election of Michael D Higgins as the ninth President of Ireland has been hailed by his supporters in West Cork as an “outstanding achievement”. The President Elect received more than one million votes after the fourth and final count was completed, beating his nearest rival, independent candidate Sean Gallagher by more than 370,000 votes. The Cork South West constituency was one of only four across the country that favoured