Archive for January 2012
Cork South West, T.D, Noel Harrington today (Monday) hugely welcomed the announcement by Cork County Council to further commit financial support to West Cork Tourism Co-Operative Ltd. to ensure that the Fastnet Line, MV Julia will again commence service. The allocation of €200K for the Cork-Swansea service will be of tremendous benefit to the Tourism Industry for both Cork and Kerry which is worth approx. €40 million to the area. This €200K commitment by Cork Co. Council added to the €700k approx. that has has already been raised by local businesses, individual donors, investors, passengers and shareholders, will assist greatly in getting the MV Julia to set sail for the late Spring and Summer Season.
A third-year west Cork student has been shortlisted for the major prizes in the much-coveted Doodle 4 Google competition.
Bantry girl Carolyn O’Sullivan has made the final 75 from an entry list of thousands.
The 15-year-old from Coláiste Phobail Bheanntraí also entered the competition last year and made it to the semi-final stage of the last 300.
This time around, she has progressed to the final hurdle and voting is now open to the public on the Doodle 4 Google website.
Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has today (Thursday) confirmed the Government’s commitment to the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme, the money for which, he has been informed, has been identified and ring-fenced.
“I have spoken to the Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes, who has confirmed the Government’s commitment to proceed with the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme, the funding for which has been earmarked and set aside for the completion of the project.”
Speaking after yesterday’s successful public information day, which was held to keep the public informed of progress and the emerging Preferred Option for the reduction of flood risk in the region, Deputy Harrington welcomed the announcement.
“Limiting the potential for floods in and around the Skibbereen area is absolutely essential. The public has been encouraged to contribute to the best way to progress with the development along the way, for which, I am sure, they are extremely grateful.
“Confirmation from the Minister that funding will be made available to complete the Scheme is most welcome. It will mean significant infrastructural investment for the Skibbereen area and its people and will reduce the potential for flood damage in the area into the future.”