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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.

Community funding delegation to EU

REPRESENTATIVES of the community and voluntary sector from across the Ireland South constituency were among a delegation that travelled to Brussels last week to explore potential avenues of EU funding.

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

International conference only the start of a wider engagement with fishermen

Sinn Féin representatives in West Cork Cllr Rachel McCarthy and Cllr Paul Hayes have hailed the work of party colleague Liadh Ní Riada MEP following the ‘A Fair Recovery for Irish Fishermen’ international conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Dungarvan at the weekend. Cllr McCarthy said, “The conference saw valuable and honest engagement between fishermen, Sinn Féin and international officials and experts. It was the start of a wider engagement with

Sinn Féin councillor sleeps out to highlight homelessness

WEST Cork Sinn Fein councillor Paul Hayes joined with his party colleagues recently to highlight what they say is the Government’s inaction on homelessness and the housing crisis. The councillors held a sleep out from 6pm to 6am outside County Hall. Councillor Hayes said, “The purpose of the sleep out was twofold. We were collecting money for homelessness charities but also trying to highlight the government’s inaction on a crisis

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

Thumbs up for referendum result

WEST Cork councillor Paul Hayes at the count centre in Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig, gives the thumbs up after the announcement that Cork South West and the nation has said Yes to the marriage equality referendum. Speaking afterwards Cllr Hayes said that he was delighted that the voters of Ireland had embraced the concept of marriage equality for all.

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.

Sinn Féin delegation and Irish fishermen meet EU policy makers in Brussels

SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada recently welcomed a delegation of Irish Fishermen to Brussels to meet with key policy makers on the difficulties that they face in making a sustainable living and on other issues impacting the industry. The delegation included fishermen from all around the Irish Coast including from Dunmore East, the Waterford Estuary, Kilmore Quay, Youghal, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Fenit and Arklow.

Clonakilty Sinn Féin open meeting

THE Clonakilty Sinn Féin Cumann will hold an open meeting on Friday 30th January at 8pm at O’Donovan’s Hotel, to which all local supporters and members are encouraged to attend. Paul Hayes, who made history last May as the first SF member elected to Cork County Council in West Cork since the 1920’s, will be guest speaker on the night. A short video will be showed outlining the history of

Letters – Call for General Election

The next General Election will be about the direction our society takes. Will it be more austerity and bad politics by the conservative parties ? Or do we grasp the opportunity for new politics, for real change and a more transparent and accountable system of government? I believe that people want a change from the conservative austerity politicies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour and are open to voting

Ní Riada calls for local focus on economic development at West Cork Conference

SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada today highlighted the need for a bottom-up approach to local economic development with a focus on supporting indigenous enterprise and rural diversification. Liadh Ní Riada was speaking at the West Cork Development Partnership’s economic forum in held in Kilmacsimon. The event brought together key stakeholders to discuss and debate innovation, employment and economic development on the periphery and in the regions,

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.

Cork County Council agrees to 15% property tax reduction

CORK County Council has become the first local authority in the country to agree to reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) in its area. The motion proposed by the now 10 strong Sinn Féin grouping was passed after a lengthy debate on the matter.   Bandon-based Sinn Féin councillor Rachel McCarthy said, “When we canvassed over the past few months the property tax and the inability of people to afford

Paul Hayes, Sinn Féin – West Cork

Paul Hayes is one of two Sinn Fein candidates for the West Cork constituency in this year’s Local Elections. A native of Clonakilty, 36 year old Hayes now lives in Courtmacsherry with wife Gertie and three children Tiernan aged 8, Lorcan aged 5 and Nadine aged 3. Working full-time in sales and business development for the Bandon based distributors of Java Republic coffee. A member of Sinn Féin for over

Ten point plan to help West Cork SMEs

PAUL Hayes, West Cork candidate for Sinn Féin in the upcoming Local Elections has outlined the party’s 10 proposals to boost the Small and Medium Enterprises sector.   Announcing the local launch of Sinn Féin’s policy document Putting SMEs First, Paul Hayes said, “The greatest potential for jobs growth in this State is within the Small and Medium Enterprises sector (SME’s). Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed

Need for investment in water treatment services in West Cork

Castletownbere, Timoleague and Castletowshend are amongst 42 urban areas mentioned in the latest EPA report on the treatment of waste water, or lack of it as the case may be.   In its Urban Waste Water Report, the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, again highlights the scale of raw sewage being released into rivers and bathing areas. Despite numerous warnings from the the EU as well as our own environmental watchdogs,

Call for voluntary community councils

PAUL Hayes, West Cork Sinn Fein candidate in the upcoming local elections is urging towns people to come together to form voluntary community councils, to make up for the impending changes to local government.   “As most people will know at this stage, Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan, has decided to abolish Town Councils. Despite motions from various Town Councils and requests by others around the