Former Fianna Fáil TD and minister of state Thomas Meaney, who has died at the age of 91, was a member of the Dáil for 17 years and a prominent figure in Cork politics.
He was part of a group of Fianna Fáil deputies known as “The Club of 22” who opposed the leadership of Charles Haughey in the early 1980s.
Tom Meaney was born on August 11, 1931, in Millstreet, Co Cork. He was a member of Cork County Council from 1970 to 1977 and a TD for Fianna Fáil from 1965 in the constituency known as Cork Mid and, when it was abolished in 1981, moved to Cork North-West where he won a seat in two general elections before retiring in 1982.
He was party spokesperson on defence in 1973 and minister of state at the Department of Industry, Commerce and Tourism from 1980 to 1981.
He was the first minister from a Dublin government to meet a counterpart from Northern Ireland to establish north-south measures to promote tourism on both sides of the Border.
Last Wednesday’s RTÉ aired the “Two Tribes” documentary , about the diverging paths taken by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the post-civil war landscape and their political dominance over the last 100 years. To our surprise, there was a very short clip of the Fine Gael leader Garret Fitzgerald’s visit to Millstreet.
I’m guessing it’s in the run-up to the 1987 General Election, but I’m open to correction. Does anyone recognise any of the faces?
The Ballot boxes for the Macroom area were taken to Mallow this morning (Saturday) where the papers were separated, & then taken to County Hall for counting. Below are updates as they come to hand:
5:30pm: Final (11th) Count: The six seats are full – Michael Creed, Gobnait Moynihan, Michael Looney, Martin Coughlan, Eileen Lynch, and Ted Lucey are elected.
So there will be no representative from the Millstreet area in the council. There are two from Macroom, one from Berrings, one from Aghabollogue, one from Crookstown, and one from Ballyvourney.
The Aubane Social Club are hosting a Public Meeting at Aubane Community Centre on tonight Tuesday 14 May at 8.00 pm.This Meeting is in relation to the condition of the Bridges at Aubane Creamary and at the approach of Aubane Community Centre and the condition of the Tooreenbawn Road which is very dangerous. We hope Public Representatives will be there on the Night. We are asking the PUBLIC TO TURN UP AND HAVE THEIR SAY.
The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee’s report on the redrawing of Local Electoral Area boundaries was published last night. Millstreet has been in the Kanturk-Mallow Municipal District, but is now looks set to change into the Macroom-Blarney District.
The Electoral Divisions of Caherbarnagh, Coomlogane, and Drishane are the ones that will move to the Macroom District, with Cullen, Dromtarriffe, Rathcoole and Kilcorney remaining in the Kanturk District.
No matter where they put us, we are out on a limb, but does this mean we are back in Muskerry which Millstreet always was in the past? 😉
In 1983 Cork North West voted 80% the other way. It would be interesting to see results from the Millstreet area. Other local tallies suggest that Carriganima voted NO at 54%. Ballinagree YES 54%, Clondrochid YES 61%.
Son of Mary and Finbarr, he’s one of a long line of O’Connor’s who have given great years of service to Knocknagree GAA club. David’s other interests include hurling, hillwalking and a little socialising when time allows. He is currently studying for an Arts Degree in History and geography in University College Cork. He has coached Cúl camps and helped out with primary school sessions. David is an impeccable role model for all young people.
Cork North West TD, Michael Moynihan has said that the HSE in Cork need to ensure that respite care beds that were transferred from Millstreet Community Hospital to a private facility to allow for refurbishment works are returned as quickly as possible.
“Last year, six respite care beds were moved to allow refurbishment works be completed. A contract with a private operator was agreed to ensure that the existing capacity was not diminished.
At the quarterly meeting of Cork County Council, Millstreet’s local representative, Cors O’Callaghan (of Altamount House) proposed a resolution requesting the people not to purchase imported carriages and traps and keep local jobs in Ireland. You might say that things have not changed much in the hundred years since ! O’Callaghan also agrued against low wages, and the problems with the newly introduced Daylight Saving Time.
Updates from RTÉ at the Count Centre in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (give it a few seconds to load up):
Please note that there are some spammy tweets in the middle of the feed. We can’t do much about them. Best to just ignore them, and concentrate on the relevant messages. Tweets about #cknw OR #CorkNorthWest
Long time Fianna Fáil supporters, Tom Goggin, Kilcorney, and Charlie Drake, Derrinagree, appear in the header image on the Our People page on the Fianna Fáil. The photo was taken at the national convention last year.
Tomorrow, Friday the 26th of February is General Election day when the people take to the polling booths to make their choices as to who the want to represent them locally, and indirectly what party / parties will make up the 32nd Dáil.
So we’re asking who will you vote for in Cork North West tomorrow?
the poll is anonymous
you can choose up to three candidates from the list below
more detail on each candidate can is can be seen in a previous article (here)
Update: 26th Feb: Thanks to all those that voted in our poll. The poll closed before voting started this morning. It makes for interesting reading, as previous polls we did happened to be very accurate. We’ll see what happenens in the real thing!
And we’re off: Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolved the 31st Dáil this morning, setting in motion the General Election for 2016 for Friday 26th February. Below are the twelve candidates declared for our Cork North-West constituency, of which three will be elected. Click on the photos to see a one minute video from each of the candidates.
Jason Fitzgerald (Renua), Nigel Dennehy (Sinn Féin), Michael Moynihan (Fianna Fáil), Andrias Moynihan (Fianna Fáil)
Steven O’Riordan (Independent), Áine Collins (Fine Gael), Michael O’Donnell(Communist Party of Ireland (new candidate)), Michael Creed (Fine Gael)
Shirley Griffin (Independent/People’s Convention), Diarmuid O’Flynn (Independent Alliance), John Paul O’Shea (Independent), Cormac Manning (Green Party)
Jerry O’Sullivan (Independent)
See what the Cork North West candidates are tweeting about with Marie Collins’ list (here)
A new book by Gneeveguilla native and former Irish Examiner journalist Donal Hickey on the Healy-Rae family has been launched. ”The Healy-Raes – a 24/7 Political Legacy” is a fascinating account of Ireland’s famous political dynasty.
The 200 page book is on sale at Wordsworth in The Square, Millstreet, priced at €14.99.
Our vote at Referendums and Elections are the only way us ordinary people have to influence the direction of our country. Yet at the last referendum, only 39% of voters turned up to vote on the “Abolition of the Seanad”.
We would encourage everyone to cast their vote today on the “Marriage Referendum” and on the “Age of Presidential Candidate Referendum”, no matter whether you want to vote Yes or No. Fair play to our own Laura Cronin who works for Tourism Ireland in Amsterdam who is flying home to vote. She was profiled yesterday in a long article in Stellar Magazine, with a shorter piece in an article in the Irish Independent.
It’s hard to see anything other than a Yes vote in the Marriage Referendum, especially if younger voters turn up at the polls, but stranger things have happened. Now does anyone know how the Age of Presidential Candidates Referendum will end up? [read more …] “It’s Referendum Day – now get out and Vote !”
I’m writing to you In relation to the possibility of putting my name forward as an Independent Candidate for the 2016 General Election.
My name is Steven O’ Riordan and I’m a member of Millstreet Macra. I’m the brother of disability activist Joanne O’ Riordan who was born without limbs. My background is in the Arts and my political interests are social and human rights issues.
I’m currently looking for help in mounting a campaign that would result in taking a seat within the Cork North West area.
The campaign would be run on a number of issues, these include; Disability, Young People, Urban V Rural Ireland, Dail Reform, Immigrants, Sport & The Arts.
I’m probably best known for my work on the issue of the Magdalene Laundries and my most recent documentary “No Limbs No Limits” The Joanne O’ Riordan. I was a key figure in securing the state apology for the women of the Magdalene Laundries. Over the years I have also used my ability to ensure that people with disabilities live in a society that is inclusive. You can see this in my local area where I was successful in getting the County Council to make all public buildings & footpaths wheelchair accessible.
The best of luck to Steven O’Riordan, who will run as an Independent in the forthcoming General Election (due by April 2016), and who is hoping to take a seat in our three-seat Cork North West constituency.
Steven said the policies of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parties “simply do not work”, that he wants to “give something back” to the people who have helped his family over the years, and “I want people to be proud of the TDs they elect. The people of Cork North West and Ireland deserve better.”
We share a selection of images illustrating the many election posters on display and we also visit the polling station at Scoil Mhuire, Millstreet BNS in Killarney Road. Click on the pictures to enlarge. (S.R.)