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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

New GP package will benefit rural practices in West Cork says TD

FINE Gael candidate for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed a new enhanced package for rural GPs, which has been announced by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar. It follows discussions between the HSE, the Department of Health and the Irish Medical Organisation.

€100m investment for Wild Atlantic Way and Greenways

THE Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe have announced plans to create 50,000 new jobs in tourism and increase the number of visitors to €10 million a year. They outlined a new €100 million capital injection for the Wild Atlantic Way, and a nationwide greenways network as part of the plan.

Fibre broadband coming to Schull, Baltimore, Union Hall and Beara

TELECOM provider Eir have confirmed that work is set to commence on bringing fibre broadband to Schull, Baltimore and Union Hall and also upgrading of equipment in the Durrus and Leap exchanges. Cable is also now being put through the pipes to bring fibre broadband to Beara after many obstacles (outside of Eir’s control) have been resolved. Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington who was involved in securing that work could

West Cork Fine Gael outline plans to support older people

FINE Gael candidate in Cork South West, Noel Harrington has highlighted Fine Gael’s plans to “support older people in West Cork and ensure that older years are better years”. The plan will safeguard and improve State entitlements for older people, and will provide enhanced supports for older people to live independently in their homes amongst their own communities in West Cork.

Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme back on track says TD

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington TD has welcomed the confirmation made today by Minister Brendan Howlin, when he visited West Cork, that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is firmly back on track. “I was notified by Minister of State (OPW) Simon Harris on Friday last, that this scheme was now ready to proceed once again”, Deputy Harrington said.

No “silver bullet” for flooding problem

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.

Funding boost for schools in West Cork to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities

PRIMARY schools across West Cork are set to benefit from new funding to upgrade school buildings and improve facilities for students and teachers. A total of €28.5 million is being made available by the Government for the payment of a Minor Works grant to primary schools around the country. Schools in West Cork will be able to use this funding to improve the physical infrastructure of schools. They can also

TD says Sinn Féin’s policies are “anti-business”

WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington, has said that those “bankrolling’ Sinn Féin at its €500-per-plate dinner in New York should take a close look at the party’s hard left anti-business policies. “Sinn Féin’s American friends should take a close look at their economic policies before they tuck in to their €500 dinners. Sinn Fein’s most recent alternative budget proposed €1.1 billion in new taxes on work, enterprise and

€30 million rural investment package promised

THE Government has announced a new “Village/Town Renewal Scheme” which will run for six years from 2016 with a budget of €30 million. A statement announcing the scheme said, “The Government is keenly aware of the impact the economic downturn has had on towns and villages throughout Ireland and is committed to addressing this in a proactive way. Research conducted by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas

Full telecommunications service restored to Sherkin Island

LOCAL TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that repairs have been completed on the submarine telecommunications cable to Sherkin Island following his representations to senior management in Eircom. This has been a challenging task for Eircom and their contractors waiting for the right combination of weather tides and wind to restore a full capacity service to all the islanders.

€5 million investment in Cape Clear water supply scheme

FINE Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the news that Irish Water is to invest €5 million in the water supply scheme on Cape Clear. The announcement was made during a public meeting organised by Deputy Harrington. “We had a very productive meeting today on Capre Clear with representatives of Irish Water and I welcome their commitment of a €5 million investment in the water supply scheme

Spring Statement shows vision to spread economic recovery to West Cork – Harrington

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has said that “the Government’s Spring Economic Statement shows a real vision to spread the recovery to all corners of Ireland, including Co. Cork.”   “The economic recovery is gaining momentum and the Government has a plan to spread its benefits to everyone. After years of hardship caused by the economic crisis and the disastrous policies of the last Government, it

Boost in Garda recruitment is good news for communities in West Cork

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West has welcomed the announcement that Garda recruitment will be accelerated in 2015, saying it is good news for communities in West Cork and a clear demonstration of Fine Gael’s commitment to strengthening the Gardaí. “Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has announced that the Government is to accelerate the recruitment of Gardaí, with a further 250 recruits due to enter Garda

Public urged to have their say on how €241m for seafood sector is spent

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington is calling on members of the public to contribute to proposed plans on the spending of €241 million for the seafood sector by May 1st. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced plans for a new €241 million development programme for the seafood sector up to 2020. According to the plans proposed by Minister Coveney €42

€440,000 investment in Cork seafood processing

THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).

Future funding for non-Gaeltacht islands secured says TD

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

EU approval for forestry programme secured

€482M of New Investment in Forestry 44,000HA of New Forests, 700KM of New Forest Roads. 20% Higher Premium Payments, 5% Higher Afforestation Grants, 14% Higher Road Grants New Species with Rotations of 10-15Years More Native Trees   Noel Harrington, TD for Cork South West, has welcomed the announcement made by Tom Hayes, T.D., and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for

€1.4 billion GLAS scheme “significant” for the rural recovery

FINE Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the news that the €1.4bn GLAS scheme is open, saying it will play a significant role in the rural recovery. Deputy Harrington was speaking at the Fine Gael National Conference in Castlebar, where the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, announced the new €1.4 billion agri-environment scheme.

Small schools issue may be revisted – Minister

THE Minister for Education has said that the whole issue of small rural schools may be reviewed in response to concerns raised by rural communities across the country. A delegation from West Cork, facilitated by local TD Michael McCarthy met the minister in Dublin recently to once again outline the case for small rural schools. Among the group representing Cahermore NS on the Beara Peninsula, the most distant school from

Awareness campaign to tackle “very low” take-up of Govt supports for SMEs in West Cork

THERE are 80 Government supported programmes in place to support SMEs but most people don’t know about these schemes and there is a very low take-up rate according to local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington. “With SMEs and regional growth taking a central focus in this year’s Action Plan for Jobs, we need to ensure that all existing businesses and start-ups in West Cork are aware of the support on