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Supports for older people severely lacking says Collins

AS of 2015, there are more than half a million people over the age of 65 living in Ireland. In the next thirty years this figure will double. It is vital that the current Government prepares for our ageing population. Deputy Michael Collins told West Cork Times that , “it has been Government policy since the 1960s to support older people to stay at home for as long as possible.”

Collins promises to continue to lobby for rural Ireland

WEST Cork TD Michael Collins has welcomed the formation of a new Government, although he says it has taken far too long. Deputy Collins, said there was an onus on each and every member of Dáil Eireann to work towards forming that Government. Together with other rural Independent TDs, he called for the two largest parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to come together and negotiate a Programme for Government.

Here’s Danny! Collins set to continue brother’s work at County Council

by John Bohane NEWLY elected Independent Councillor Danny Collins was elated to be co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of his brother Michael to represent Cork South West following the recent general election. The Bantry based publican is hoping to carry on the good work his brother has achieved within the council chambers over the last two years before his subsequent election to the Dail.

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony makes history as West Cork’s first female TD

John Bohane in Clonakilty MARGARET Murphy O’Mahony made history in Clonakilty when she was elected the first female TD to serve the South West constituency. The Fianna Fail candidate was elected along with Independent Michael Collins and sitting Fine Gael TD Jim Daly. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony topped the poll after she received an extra 1,942 votes following the distribution of Independent candidate Alan Coleman’s votes. These extra votes propelled her

New TD Michael Collins – “I will fight for every single person in West Cork”

John Bohane in Clonakilty NEWLY elected Independent TD Michael Collins hailed his election to serve the Cork South West constituency following his dramatic election. The Mizen-based councillor told West Cork Times he was overwhelmed with the support he received throughout the constituency. “Absolutely delighted with my election. We worked very hard to achieve this result. I have worked hard over the last 25 years and especially over the last number

Coleman drops out – next count will tell all

John Bohane in Clonakilty INDEPENDENT Cllr Alan Coleman has just been eliminated from the hunt for a seat in the Cork SW constituency following the distribution of Sinn Fein candidate Rachel McCarthy’s total transferable vote of 3,346. Independent Cllr Michael Collins has moved into second place in the race for the three seats after he gained 1,465 which moved him onto a current total of 9,258. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony (Fianna

Ambulance Service considering industrial action

Claims under-resourced service is under huge strain by David Forsythe AMBULANCE crews in West Cork are seriously considering taking industrial action to highlight what they say is an under-resourced and underinvested service, the West Cork Times has learned. Emergency crews who belong to the SIPTU union have already met to discuss ongoing problems in the service both in West Cork and in other parts of the county and country.

Michael Collins ambush site to be upgraded

by Niamh Herlihy CORK County Council are set to carry out major improvements to the Michael Collins ambush site memorial at Béal na Bláth. The site, where Collins was assassinated by the anti-treaty forces on August 22nd, 1922 will get a facelift as part of the centenary celebrations for the 1916 Rising.

Cork bottom of the league in per-capita Leader funding

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.

Collins walks out over civic amenity site cut backs

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.

Big Fella’s Clon home to become museum

by Colm Power THE former home of West Cork’s “Big Fella” in Clonakilty is set to be converted into a museum dedicated to the life of Michael Collins. The building, located in Emmet’s Square, will tell the life story and struggle for Independence of this national icon. The project is part of the €1m being pumped into urban renewal projects in Clonakilty, with an estimated €500,000 going towards the museum.

Hundreds brave the rain to remember Collins “The Colossus”

HUNDREDS turned up despite the rain at a wet and windy Béal na Bláth to hear veteran broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook deliver the 2014 Michael Collins commemoration address. Mr Hook was welcomed by members of the Collins family including Dermot Collins and Helen Collins and the event was attended by a number of politicians including Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney; County Mayor, Alan Coleman and MEP Deirdre Clune.

West Cork Table Tennis News

Irish Selection   Goleen were celebrating once again with the success of one of their own with local girl Mair Kelly who received a call up to represent Ireland at the International Senior Schools in Cardiff at the end of this month. Mair is currently West Cork No.1 and a member of the Goleen Table Tennis Club which is based in their local community centre. 15 year old Mair is

Michael Collins, Independent – West Cork

Michael Collins from Lowertown, Schull is the latest candidate to declare for the upcoming local elections, Michael will stand in the West Cork electoral division as an independent. Mr Collins has a lifelong experience of working in a voluntary capacity with various community organisations in West Cork and says that the people of West Cork are entitled to have “a different and better type of representation”.

Michael Collins declares as independent in West Cork

MICHAEL Collins from Lowertown, Schull is the latest candidate to declare for the upcoming local elections, Michael will stand in the West Cork electoral division as an independent.   Mr Collins has a lifelong experience of working in a voluntary capacity with various community organisations in West Cork and says that the people of West Cork are entitled to have “a different and better type of representation”.  

Beara Historical Society talk

THE Beara Historical Society’s first talk of the winter season promises to be most interesting and entertaining. “Not in my own county” is an account of the last journey of Michael Collins through his native West Cork on the day he was shot in August 1922.

Bill calls for parties to unite at Beal na mBlath

POPULAR RTÉ broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy delivered the oration at this year’s Beal na mBlath Michael Collins commemoration.   In a wide-ranging speech Mr O’Herlihy, who is a Fine Gael supporter, called for a “sea change” in Irish politics, advising that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should join forces and attempt to truly live up to the ideals of Collins and hi colleagues when they founded the State.

“Remarkable” photos of General Michael Collins turn up at West Cork history roadshow

WHILE scenes from a war zone are, sadly, all too common these days, historians have described photos discovered recently which, were taken at the aftermath of the ambush at Béal na mBláth in 1922 as simply “remarkable”.   The photos which, turned up at the Revolutionary Decade Roadshow in Clonakilty organised by the history department of University College Cork  (UCC) recently, show General Michael Collins in Bandon just a few

Taoiseach admits Lenin gaffe at Béal na mBláth

SPEECHWRITERS for Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in for ticking off after it emerged that the Fine Gael leader made something of an error during his historic speech delivered at Béal na mBláth last Sunday.     He was the first serving Taoiseach to deliver the oration at the event which this year marked the 90th anniversary of the assassination of the first Commander in Chief of the Irish Army.

Taoiseach addresses Michael Collins commemoration at Beal na Blath

THE rain held off, just, as a crowd of more than 6,000 people turned up at Beal na Blath to mark the 90th anniversary of the death of Michael Collins on that lonely stretch of road near Crookstown.     Taoiseach Enda Kenny became the first serving holder of that office to deliver the address and was joined by several other senior party members to underline the significance of the