by Stephen Johnson A LARGE crowd turned out in Kenmare last Tuesday night for a public meeting called to protest Kerry County plans to convert streets in the centre of the town into one-way traffic.
Clune meets with Fish Producers organisation to discuss the current issues facing fishermen in Ireland South
IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has met with the Irish South and West Fish Producers organisation in West Cork recently to discuss a range of issues that are impacting on costal fishing communities on the Southern Irish coastline. Speaking after the meeting MEP Clune has said she will work with the industry to bring their concerns to Brussels.
Tourism West Cork, the recently formed promotional steering group consisting of tourism representatives from Kinsale to Beara, today (Wednesday 25 March) met with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD and Jim Daly TD in Clonakilty, West Cork. The aim of the meeting was to highlight the urgent need for a cohesive, adequately funded marketing strategy to actively promote the entire West Cork tourism experience domestically and internationally.
THE Kinsale Men’s Shed held their information evening last Thursday night at the Temperance Hall in Kinsale. The event was well attended by over 30 men. Committee member of the Kinsale Men’s Shed, Simon Toussifar said, “It was a great night, we weren’t expecting so many to turn up. There was a healthy mix of different aged men from their 20s up to their late 60s and 70s. Many of
MORE than 200 attendees from varied tourism backgrounds with a common interest in the development of tourism in West Cork attended a networking evening hosted by the newly formed Tourism West Cork Steering Group at Bantry’s Maritime Hotel recently.
INDEPENDENT councillor Michael Collins walked out from the recent West Cork Municipal District meeting in Dunmanway’s Methodist Hall in protest at cuts to civic amenity site opening times. Cllr Collins said that recent reduced hours brought in at the Derryconnell (Mizen) and Castletownbere recycling sites were a major inconvenience for local people and said that local councillors had not been consulted in any way about the move.
FOLLOWING a meeting with Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Skibbereen Flood Relief Committee re-assurances were given that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is being advanced. The next step is the despatch of the tender documents and approval from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which is expected in mid February. It is further
HISTORY was made in Dunmanway as the new West Cork Municipal District held one of its official meetings in the town for the first time. Local independent county councilor Declan Hurley welcomed the November Municipal District meeting to Dunmanway stating, “This is a historic day for the town of Dunmanway, as for years the town has been referred to as the forgotten town in West Cork.
THE Clonakilty Access Group welcomed the positivity of their recent meeting when a number of it’s officers along with two local visually-impaired people and one wheelchair-user met with three Directors of the Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce. The Access Group had sought the meeting and thanked the Chamber reps for taking time to meet with them. The meeting started with everyone viewing the five minute video compiled by TY students
THE five members of the Clonakilty Mayoral Council (Mayor Colette Twomey; Deputy Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin; Anthony McDermott; John Loughnan and Gretta O’ Donovan), met with seven of the eight County Councillors who make up the West Cork Municipal District Council at the Old Mill Council Chambers recently.
THE Government is facing a growing rural revolt over its plans to take LEADER funding out of the control of local communities and their voluntary elected boards. Thousands of people have already attended public meetings countrywide in protest at the move to transfer the key rural development functions to County Councils. They warned that the proposals will make it impossible for LEADER companies to survive. Over 800 people packed a
A meeting of farmers in West Cork highlighted the devastating impact Single Farm Payment clawbacks will have on family farms, and made it clear that the issue will have to be addressed by politicians running in the upcoming local and European elections. Well over 100 farmers attended the meeting at the Castle Hotel in Macroom, which was organised and chaired by ICSA West Cork chairman Dermot Kelleher.
by Stephen Johnson A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Killarney on 3rd September to air concerns about the threatened ambulance service in Kenmare and the surrounding area. Some 10,000 signatures have been collected by Save Our Kenmare Ambulance (SOAK), calling for the availability of a 24/7 ambulance service with patient carrying capacity in Kenmare and across South Kerry.
THE residents of rural West Cork are facing a very uncertain future when it comes to the delivery of much needed essential services. More than 100 people packed a meeting room in the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry last Friday as the West Cork Communities Alliance (WCCA) group discussed the problems and effects cuts to health care, transport, schools and Gardá deployment in the region.
THERE are many Gaelgóirí i gCloch na gCoillte, and many more people who may not be fluent, but would love the opportunity to use the “cúpla focail” they have every now and again. However, in many instances these people don’t know each other, and probably pass each other on the street every day not knowing they could exchange a simple “Dia dhuit” or “Conas atá tú?” as they go
WEST Cork Development Partnership is hosting a Night for Parents in Goleen Community Centre at 7pm on Monday, February 18th next.
by Louise Roseingrave A WEST Cork group is calling for a government profile dedicated to regional issues in a bid to address rural decline.
FIANNA Fáil will host a public meeting on CAP reform in Bantry next week, where farmers will be consulted about their views in advance of crucial negotiations on the policy. The meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 29th at the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry at 8pm.
THE Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Environment & Local Government, Barry Cowen TD was guest speaker at a public meeting on the topic of “Rural survival” held in Clonakilty recently. During a lengthy speech, Mr Cowen said that the Government’s “softly softly” approach in dealing with the issue of Ireland’s bank debt had failed.
COUNCILLORS from County Cork’s 12 town councils are seeking a meeting with Environment Minister Phil Hogan in the hope of changing the minister’s mind on plans to abolish town councils. Under plans announced last year all 80 existing town councils across the country face the axe at the 2014 local elections.
THE bitterly cold night did little to dissuade all those who gathered at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry for the latest Save Bantry Bay (SBB) public meeting on Friday night last.
THERE were protests by angry traders and residents in Clonakilty on Tuesday evening outside the regular monthly meeting of the local town council. The protesters claim that little has been done since the disastrous floods three months ago devastated the town centre.
The next public meeting of Sustainable Clonakilty is next Wednesday 27th June at 8pm in O’Donovan’s Hotel, with the interesting subject title, “Biodiversity And Health” with Dr Paddy Sleeman, Senior Researcher At UCC.
After a very successful first night on the subject of Love, the second meeting of the West Cork Philosophical Society will be held on Thursday 21st June at the Parish Hall at Church Cross (at the Cedar Tree) at 7.30pm. Subject: Happiness! All welcome, call Anne on 085 851 6172 for details.
CLONAKILTY is hoping to become a “Jungle City” this summer with the installation of a major international art work made up of jungle animals located throughout the town. The initiative is reminiscent of the 2008 “Survival Tour” which saw life size Topiary elephants make a famous appearance at Inchydoney beach.
A MOTION at Bandon Town Council inviting water fluoride expert Declan Waugh to attend the May Town Council Meeting was passed at the April meeting. Declan Waugh will present the findings of his recent report titled “Human Toxicity, Environmental Impact and Legal Implications of Water Fluoridation” at the meeting on Tuesday, May 8th next.
A MEETING in opposition to the property tax will be held at the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon on Thursday, March 15th next at 8pm. All welcome.
Séamus O Connor THE 2012 Allianz Sciath na Scol hurling/camogie fixtures meeting was held in the Rochestown Park Hotel recently. The meeting marks the start of the hurling/camogie fixtures for the coming year. More than 140 schools were represented, with four new schools entering hurling or camogie teams for the first time.
CORK county councillors have written to the Taoiseach and Simon Coveney, the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food urging them to look at State intervention to save the Swansea – Cork ferry. A last gasp rescue plan to save the ferry, which was operated by the West Cork Tourism Co-op, failed at the final hurdle two weeks ago when Enterprise Ireland declined to stump up €400,000 for the service citing