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Full telecommunications service restored to Sherkin Island – Harrington

Keeping in touch with our islands

Sherkin IslandDeputy Noel Harrington is pleased to confirm 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.

Deputy Harrington is well aware that this is a vital link to all the islanders and also the weather station on the Island which provides such vital information on the Atlantic weather conditions in assisting Met Eireann in forecasting the weather for all the islanders on the whole island of Ireland.

There are many more challenges for those living on our off shore islands and with the full restoration of this service it means that at least one aspect of their lives is the same as everyone on the mainland.

Deputy Harrington would like to thank Eircom and their staff along with the contractors for completing this task as soon as it was safe to do so. As you can see from the eircom report (below), the weather affected communications internally on the island as late as last night.


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New Garda vehicles for West Cork part of a comprehensive plan to fight crime- Harrington

Garda Car“West Cork is receiving 13 Garda cars in 2015”, says Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington for Cork South West.

“The allocation of 13 Garda cars for Cork West in 2015 will really help the fight against crime in our communities.

“7 cars have been issued to West Cork so far this year with 6 due to be issued in the coming weeks. In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, which was an increase on the €4.8 million allocated by the previous Government in Budgets 2009-2011. In fact, Fine Gael has provided An Garda Síochána with at least €414 million more investment than Fianna Fáil had proposed for the same period. By contrast, Fine Gael in Government is determined to combat crime in local communities.

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Record Year for Tourism in Ireland is Forecasted – Harrington

GarnishThe CSO data released today, show that Ireland is looking at a record year for tourism, with an overall increase of 12.1% of overseas visits to Ireland in the first five months of 2015, is welcomed by Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Noel Harrington.

Deputy Harrington said:  “With the peak months of the tourist season upon us now, the growth trend of visitors to our shores continues to increase and shows no sign of abating.  Coming from a region that relies heavily on the Tourism Industry, and if this trend continues, then we are set to experience a record year.  Ireland and indeed West Cork’s economic growth can only benefit from the continued increase of overseas visitor numbers, which was also backed up with recently released tourism revenue data, showing a +10.5% increase for the first quarter of 2015”

The comparison to last year’s figures to the end of May 2014 show:

  • Overall trips to Ireland were up by 12.1% to just over 3 million visits;
  • Visit from North America were up by 13.6%;
  • Visits from Mainland Europe were up by 14.0%;
  • Visits from the rest of the world increased by 13.0%;
  • Great Britain registered an increase of 10.1% with 1.33 million visits.

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2,020 farmers in Co. Cork apply for GLAS – Harrington

DAFM logoFine Gael TD, Noel Harrington for Cork South West, has welcomed the news that 2,020 farmers in Cork County have applied for the first tranche of GLAS funding, Ireland’s new agri-environment scheme,  co funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has confirmed that 2,020 farmers in Cork have applied for the first tranche GLAS of funding and that he expects that most of these will draw close to the maximum annual payment of €5,000.

“I am particularly pleased to hear that the majority of farmers who have successfully applied for GLAS look set to receive close to the maximum payment. There had been concerns that only a minority of farmers could ever hope to achieve this level of payment. These concerns have been allayed.

“The GLAS scheme is set to play a vital role in the protection of West Cork’s rural environment. Nationally, almost 27,000 farmers applied to join and 2,020 farmers in Cork County have also applied.

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