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Rachel McCarthy out at third count

John Bohane in Clonakilty SINN Féin candidate Rachel McCarthy has been eliminated from the Cork SW constituency following the distribution of the sitting Labour TD Michael McCarthy’s transferable vote of 3,151. Fianna Fail Cllr Margaret Murphy O’Mahony remains in pole position after she collected a further 383 votes which brings her to a current total of 9,228 votes.

Closure of seven West Cork Garda stations saved just €28,000 says councillor

SINN Féin councillor Rachel McCarthy has issued a scathing criticism of the Fine Gael and Labour parties over the closure of seven garda stations in West Cork that resulted in savings of just €28,000 per year. Between 2012 and 2013 seven Garda stations across West Cork were closed saving of €4,000 per year on each closure. The information is contained in the answer provided by the Minister For Justice in

Housing protest called for West Cork

ON September 22nd the Dáil returns after its summer break and a protest is planned to take place outside Leinster House that evening to highlight the housing crisis and to force the government to take action immediately to alleviate the hardship faced by many families. Locally, a protest will be held at 6.30pm outside the Cork County Council administrative centre for housing in West Cork at Kent Street, Clonakilty. People

No funding for N71 this year is a disgrace says councillor

A REPORT this week on the allocation of funding for roadworks in the county for the coming year was issued to the councillors on Cork County Council at their forthnightly meeting. The omission of any funding for the N71,the scene of many fatalities over recent years,has been met with condemnation by Bandon based Cllr Rachel McCarthy. The Sinn Féin councillor has said that it was “a disgrace” that the N71

Sinn Fein to select election candiate this Friday

WEST Cork Sinn Féin members and supporters are invited to the Clonakilty Hotel this Friday evening (February 20th) at 8pm where the convention to select the candidate to contest the upcoming General Election in Cork South West will be held. The convention will be chaired by Cork City-based TD Jonathon O’Brien, with guest speaker being Ireland South Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada.

Governmentt TDs welcome Budget but opposition critical

WEST Cork Government TDs have welcomed Budget 2014 with Fine Gael’s Noel Harrington saying the Budget will lead to job creation and economic growth in rural Ireland. “The Budget has job creation and economic growth at its core and I have no doubt that it will directly lead to more jobs and more money for the people of rural Ireland. The provision of 400 new Garda vehicles will enhance Garda

Cork County Council will have surplus to allow maximum reduction to property tax

REPORTS from Minister Brendan Howlin that Cork County Council will have a surplus which will allow them to reduce the property tax by the maximum 15% allowed have been welcomed by Bandon-based Sinn Féin Cllr Rachel McCarthy. Sinn Féin passed a motion in June calling on the council to reduce the charge by 15% and the Minister has now indicated that this is possible in 12 local authorities including Cork.

New faces same austerity general election needed

The much awaited reshuffle of the cabinet took place this week with new faces taking up their positions in the various departments.   This however was just theatrics according to Bandon County Cllr Rachel McCarthy SF. It is her contention that the May elections called for a new direction in policy and not just new faces in cabinet and a general election was now needed.

Bandon Easter commemoration

The Easter commemoration in Bandon takes place on Easter Sunday the 20th of April in St Patrick’s Cemetery at 12.30 and will be addressed by Martin Ferris TD.   The annual event organised by Sinn Féin is always well attended and a big crowd is again expected this year. Speaking this week local Councillor Rachel McCarthy said, “All the preparations are done for this year’s celebration of the Easter Rising

Definitive timeline needed on Bandon projects

THE continuing delay in any progress on the two schemes which were earmarked for Bandon, the flood relief and drainage schemes, has led to local Sinn Fein candidate Rachel McCarthy to call for a definitive time frame for the delivery of the projects.   Rachel McCarthy said, “In November when I stated that I felt that Bandon had been abandoned I was hoping this would lead to a firm commitment

Bandon abandoned? – anger at further delays to town’s main drainage scheme

THE residents and businesses of Bandon have been “abandoned” by the government and Cork County Council according to local Sinn Fein Cllr Rachel McCarthy.   This comes after the local council was this week informed that the main drainage scheme which was halted suddenly in October last year will now move under the remit of the yet to be formed Irish Water.   Following the meeting Cllr McCarthy said, “What

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

“Bully boy” tactics by banks will cause chaos in housing sector

SINN Fein Councillor Rachel McCarthy has highlighted the harder stance being taken by banks to evict families from their homes who have fallen into arrears. The Bandon councillor says it would be devastating for those involved but also puts additional pressures on the already unmanageable housing waiting lists across the country. Cllr McCarthy said, “The banks, which were bailed out by the Irish people, are now planning to use the

Government needs to prioritize social housing provision

NEW figures show the number of people on the housing waiting list stands at over 110,000 nationally an increase of 13% since 2011.   Property experts have indicated this figure will increase due to the change in legislation which will allow banks to get tougher on households in mortgage distress.   Reacting to the figures Cllr Rachel McCarthy Sinn Fein Representative for Bandon Carrigaline has called for a change in

Threat to reduce water access “beyond belief”

PLANS to reduce water pressure to households who refuse to pay water charges when they are introduced next year have been described as “beyond belief” by one West Cork councillor.   Cllr Rachel McCarthy, Sinn Féin representative for the Bandon/Carrigaline area has called into question the government’s knowledge of the reality households face in their weekly lives.

Fianna Fáil property tax statement “beggars belief”

SINN Féin Bandon Cllr Rachel McCarthy has reacted to the statement this week from Fianna Fail that they had exposed the fact that local authorities can raise the property tax by 15%.   She said, “It beggars belief that Fianna Fáil only now seem to realise that the Home Tax can be increased by local authorities.   “If they were involved in the Dáil debate that very fact was raised

Carbon tax increase another attack on vulnerable

ON the first of May the introduction of the new tax on coal and briquettes which was part of the last budget comes into effect.This new tax increases the price of a bag of coal by nearly 3 euro and briquettes by near 30 cent a bale and puts further pressure on those struggling according to West Cork Sinn Fein Cllr Rachel McCarthy.   Cllr McCarthy said, “This increase in

RTE appearance for Bandon councillor “an experience”

Last weekend saw up to twenty delegates from across West Cork attending the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Castlebar County Mayo.   They took part in debates on the many motions in relation to rural Ireland and issues facing people from West Cork due to budget restraints.   Very informative fringe meetings with experts in CAP, natural resources and their potential and rural transport were well attended by the West

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.  

Bad weather doesn’t deter large crowd attending Bandon commemoration

THE freezing winds and heavy rain could not deter the large crowd who gathered for the Annual Bandon Easter commemoration which took place at the republican plot in St Patrick’s cemetery on Sunday last.   A sea of umbrellas made up the procession that followed the Bandon and District Pipe band.Local councillor Rachel McCarthy and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD headed the procession.