Abortion Debate Shut Down by Cork’s FG Mayor?

Socialist Party councillor Mick Barry this morning said that last night’s meeting of Cork City Council had been “shut down” in an “extraordinary fashion” by Fine Gael Lord Mayor John Buttimer with the result that four motions on the abortion question had not been debated and posed the question as to whether Cllr Buttimer had […]

Report into ‘The Frontline’ demonstrates need for Radical Change – FF

Fianna Fáil Communications Spokesperson, Michael Moynihan TD ( Cork North West), has responded to the fallout from The Frontline Presidential Debate, calling on all those involved to learn from the mess and take the opportunity to make sure it can never happen again. He has proposed the creation of a new US-style Irish Election Debates […]

Further cuts to education budget likely – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien

Sinn Féin education spokesperson, Jonathan O’Brien, TD, has expressed alarm at weekend reports of an additional €13 million in cuts to be added to the €77 million already planned for the education budget. Deputy O’Brien responded following an admission by education minister, Ruairí Quinn TD, that his department needs to find €90m in savings next […]

Bishop Colton greets the appointment of the new Bishop of Cloyne

The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cloyne has welcomed the appointment of one of his Catholic counterparts. Here is the statement from Bishop Colton: As Church of Ireland Bishop of Cloyne, I am delighted, on this Feast of Saint Colman, Patron Saint of the Diocese, to hear the news of the […]

Console Celebrations of Light take place nationwide

Families and friends of people lost through suicide throughout the country came together yesterday (Sunday) at a series of Christmas Celebrations of Light organised by national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console. The ceremonies of song, music, poetry and reflection took place in Cork, Limerick, Wexford and Galway and included the lighting of candles and […]

Third level sector has difficult choices to make – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien

Speaking after this week’s establishment of a National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at third level, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, said Irish Universities face serious challenges in the months and years ahead. Deputy O’Brien, who on Thursday attended a protest organised by University Students Ireland (USI) outside the Marlborough […]

Colm Burke supports decision to proceed with HSE inquiry

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, yesterday (Thursday) said he fully supports the decision taken to proceed with the HSE inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway. “The selection of the members of the investigation team has been given careful and considered analysis to […]

Jerry Buttimer involved Constitutional Convention

Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Party’s LGBT Group, Jerry Buttimer, has yesterday (Thursday) said he is delighted to accept a position on the Constitutional Convention as part of the Fine Gael delegation and he is honoured to play his part in this new forum that will contribute significantly to the […]

Clonakilty Town Councillor has solution to bank boards problem

INDEPENDENT PUBLIC INTEREST BOARD REQUIRED TO ADD VALIDITY TO THE ROLE A message from Clonakilty Town Cllr. Aidan Pendlebury (Labour) Following the continued examination of ‘Public Interest’ figures on bank boards and their impotence in the position, here is what I am proposing: § An independent Public Interest Board of Financial Institutions (PIFI). § PIFI […]

New Local Enterprise Offices will help Cork businesses ? Clune

Fine Gael Senator Deirdre Clune is welcoming the drafting of legislation to dissolve the City and County Enterprise Boards and replace them with Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). This reform is part of the Action Plan for Jobs and aims to support enterprises at a local level. “It is my hope that businesses in Cork will […]

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