Eily says


Eily says


County Elections.


Election day is drawing near, on Friday next May 23rd, we all have the privilege to go to the polling booths and vote. To have a vote is a wonderful thing, it gives us the power to choose the person who, in our opinion will work for us and our community in the months and years ahead.
It’s not an easy decision to make You see the posters on the walls and poles all over the country, all striving to get the go ahead for their own party or group. Picking one is just a game of chance, because you really don’t
know them, You’ll see the party they represent, but what of the individual. You just don’t know.

[read more …] “Eily says”

Bernard on Track and In Person at Cloghoula

It was a case of Bernard Moynihan on track near Millstreet Railway Station at Dooneen!  And from a poster to the real person as Bernard meets Friends at Cloghoula N.S. Pattern Day on Sunday as he continues his Local Election Campaign Trail.  (S.R.)
It was a case of Bernard Moynihan (Fianna Fáil) on track near Millstreet Railway Station at Dooneen! And from a poster to the real person as Bernard meets Friends at Cloghoula N.S. Pattern Day on Sunday as he continues his Local Election Campaign Trail.  Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

Bernard Moynihan on Campaign Trail in Millstreet 2014


European Election Candidates on LTV

LTV’s Dan Joe Kelleher will broadcast a special programme in which four of the Candidates who are participating in the forthcoming MEP Election will share their views.   Included will be Deirdre Clune (F.G.), Brian Crowley (F.F.), Liadh Ní Riada (S.F.) and Seán Kelly (F.G.).   The programme is scheduled to be broadcast at 10pm on this Thursday, 8th May 2014.   It is scheduled to be repeated on Sunday, 11th May at 8pm.  The transmission is available on air on Channels 30 and 35 UHF for those who are able to receive this signal.  (S.R.)

Enthusiastic Launch of Noel Buckley’s Election Campaign 2014

The official launch of Noel Buckley's Election Campaign 2014 took place at the Wallis Arms Hotel  on Thursday, 10th April 2014.   Here we share a selection of images from the enthusiastic occasion.   Click on the images to enlarge.  (S.R.)
The official launch of Noel Buckley’s Election Campaign 2014 took place at the Wallis Arms Hotel on Thursday, 10th April 2014. Here we share a selection of images from the enthusiastic occasion. Click on the images to enlarge.   (S.R.)

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The Election takes place on Friday, 23rd May.   A further selection of pictures we now [read more …] “Enthusiastic Launch of Noel Buckley’s Election Campaign 2014”

Leaders Questions

2014-01-23 Áine Collins speaking on the RTÉ 'Leaders Questions' programme Áine Collins was on the panel for Leaders Questions on RTÉ 1 today. The discussion centred around transparency in charities, and what the government intends to do so we can see where our donations go to (hopefully not in huge pay packets to people that run the charities like we have been hearing recently). Her direct interest in the topic comes from the fact that she sits on the Public Accounts Committee which will are investivating the revelations of the recent weeks.

The programme can be seen on the RTÉ Player at: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10245551/. Áine is shown in the discussion from 04:30-09:45, and from 36:00-44:15 [read more …] “Leaders Questions”

‘Rural Hackney Licence’ ideal for community groups

Community groups in isolated areas are being encouraged to start applying for the newly introduced: ‘Local Area Hackney License’ or ‘Rural Hackney’ license.

The licence, which is designed to facilitate low-cost entry into the taxi sector for isolated rural areas, will cost just €70 between the vehicle and drivers’ licence and will be introduced on a pilot basis.

Welcoming the move Áine Collins TD said “This is a welcome move by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to start to address the transport difficulties that rural communities face.

“Access to transport is a major issue in rural Ireland and [read more …] “‘Rural Hackney Licence’ ideal for community groups”

Interview: Áine Collins on Life, Family and Politics

2013-09-14 Aine Collins and journalist Graham Clifford at lunch in The Wallis Arms HotelIn an interview in the politics section of last Saturday’s Irish Independent, which took place in the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet TD Áine Collins talks about brushing off the fuss over ‘Lapgate’, juggling family life with politics, the obstacles in her way, and her determination to overcome them.

Read the full interview on the Irish Independent

Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade approved

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Millstreet Waste Water Treatment Plant (from above in May 2013). It is located across the road from the Fire Station, just off the Station Road.

It has been announced that design proposals for the Millstreet Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade have been approved at Government level, and that Cork County Council will now proceed with preparing contract documents with a view to seeking tenders as soon as possible.  The contract is estimated at a cost of  €4.1, and it is expected that it will make the Millstreet plant compliant with the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive.

The upgrade was called for in a 2010 survey on all urban treatment plants in the country. The following measures needed to be completed:

  • Increase capacity of treatment plant (2015+)
  • Provide tertiary treatment or relocate outfall (2015+)
  • Provide nutrient removal or relocate outfall

Story is from CorkPolitics.ie (site no longer exists)


Waste Water Upgrade Welcomed – Cork North West Fine Gael TD, Áine Collins has welcomed the approval given by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, for Cork County Council’s design proposals for the Millstreet Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade. The Council will proceed with preparing the contract documents with a view to seeking tenders as soon as possible… (the Corkman 1st Aug 2013)

EPA Licence for Millstreet Waste Water Treatment Plant

In the Newspapers: 18th July 2013

It’s a Bug’s life in Millstreet – Cork Independent 18th July

Getting ready for Ireland’s first ever ‘Bug Festival’ which is taking place in Millstreet Country Park on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July.

Farmers feeling the heat as drought anguish takes hold – Irish Independent 17th July

Local vet Mairead Piggott with a few words for farmers the current drought.

Collins: ‘Lapgate’ not typical of Dáil behaviour – Breakingnews.ie 17th July

Millstreet TD Áine Collins says that the incident last week was not typical of behavior in the Dáil.

Rwanda’s women get ahead, while Ireland prepares for quotas – deshocks.com – 13th July

Political commentator Deirdre O’Shaughnessy after a trip to Rwanda to meet women politicians there, spends time with two TDs who are mothers – Mary Lou McDonald and Áine Collins

Come to our creepy crawly wonderland – Jul 11th

A WeekendD of creepy crawlies, bugs and slugs await as Ireland’s first ever Bug Festival is set to take place in Cork.

Exciting action in Sing Cup – Jul 11 2013

Terriffic fare emerged for the Sing Cup hosted at Millstreet Pitch and Putt.

Scratched face over husband kiss tale – Corkman 11th July

AN asylum seeker in Millstreet who “scratched” the face of another woman was fined €100 by Judge Brian Sheridan.

Junior Hurling Championship: Millstreet 0-12 Banteer 0-11 – Corkman 4th July

Millstreet battened down the hatches to brave a late comeback from Banteer in the EPS Bison Duhallow Junior A Hurling Championship in Kilbrin on Saturday evening last.

Sars see off brave Duhallow bid – Jul 11th County

PMHC Quarter Final Match Report (Bearchairt O’Connor on the Duhallow team)

Millstreet chef has recipe for success – Corkman 4th July

DJ Desmond’s restaurant Preston House in Abbeyleix won the ‘best emerging business’ gong at an awards ceremony celebrating businesses across the midlands region.

Green fingered Rathcoole pupils raise first ever Green Flag – Corkman Jul 4th

‘Put the litter in the bin, that is the way to win’ was the slogan on everyone’s lips at St. Brendan’s National School in Rathcoole during the past year, and it certainly worked a treat because last week, amid much celebration, the school’s first Green Flag was raised.

Big turn-out for St.John’s Well mass – Corkman June 27th

THE Annual Mass on the slopes of Mushera Mountain took place at [read more …] “In the Newspapers: 18th July 2013”

Working Together towards a Better Business Future for SMEs

Cork Business Community Talks Shop

The Cork business community was out in force today, (Friday, 1st February) for a full day conference and networking event, to discuss issues facing SMEs in Cork, and what action is needed to help businesses thrive.

2013-02-01 Charleville Chamber Conference 152- Aine Colline with Michael Noonan - Minister of FinanceThe event too k place in Charleville Park Hotel, Co Cork, and was addressed by key note speaker, Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, who spoke about changes that are planned through public and private resources to nurture growth in the SME sector.

The event was an amazing opportunity for discussion on the current economic climate and what supports are out there for SME owners, business managers and would be entrepreneurs. The lively debate was an encouraging forum for business development, sustainable job creation and the resources available to anyone in business in Ireland.

Leaders in the business community such as Niall Donnellan, Head of Investment Services, Client Management Development and [read more …] “Working Together towards a Better Business Future for SMEs”

Funding needed for Millstreet Convent National School urgently

Millstreet Convent National School is in urgent need of three new classrooms and the Government needs to immediately deal with an application from the school for support.

Cork North West Deputy Michael Moynihan raised the issue during a special debate in the Dáil today.

He commented: “The school population of Millstreet Convent National School has shot up in recent years and the school is full to capacity. Last year there were 218 enrollments, with 244 this year, it is expected to rise even further in the coming years. There is an urgent need for a new classroom and two learning support rooms. The Board of Management of the school have applied for Capital Funding but with the new school year already well underway, this process cannot be delayed.

“I have called on the Minister for Education to [read more …] “Funding needed for Millstreet Convent National School urgently”

Francis Duggan’s Poem Mentioned in Dáil Éireann

This is the article which appeared on last Wednesday’s “Irish Daily Mail” which contained the Francis Duggan poem which was partly quoted by Fianna Fáil Leader, Mícheál Martin, in Dáil Eireann on Tuesday, 2nd October 2012.   It was also included in the RTÉ television series “Oireachtas Report” (4:06 to 5:25) on Tuesday (on RTÉ Player until Oct 24th).   We thank Jerry Lehane (and also Jerry O’Connor) for the newspaper, Tommy Cooper in London for alerting us about the national reference and the Cooper Family, Claraghatlea for bringing the very interesting Dáil reference to our attention.   As the article indicated – Francis, a native of Claraghatlea, Millstreet lives in Australia for the past 23 years. [read more …] “Francis Duggan’s Poem Mentioned in Dáil Éireann”

Protest in Frankfurt

Well done to the 15 members off the Charlevile/Ballyhea group “No to the bondholders bailout” and the support from the surrounding parishes in protesting outside the ECB Bank this morning the 6th June. They were present when the head of the ECB bank Mario Draghi turned up.
They presented their letter of demands to the head of the Irish central bank Patrick Honahan. They also got the attention off the Irish media with interviews from Morning Ireland on RTE 1 and our own C103fm and 96fm – from Lynette   [read more …] “Protest in Frankfurt”

Public Meeting on EU Fiscal Treaty, and Household, Septic, and Water Charges

There will be a public meeting in Millstreet GAA Hall next Monday night 14th May at 8pm, where a talk will be given on the upcoming referendum of the EU Fiscal Treaty, household charges, septic tank charges, and water charges. All are welcome.

The Millstreet group campaigning against household charges and austerity meet Monday nights at 8.30pm in the Bush Bar. Anyone that wishes to join the campaign is welcome. Contact (087)3560013.

Áine wanted to leave Ireland over lack of cystic fibrosis services for daughter

Millstreet TD Áine Collins said she considered emigrating to the United States because services in Cork were so poor for her daughter, who has cystic fibrosis.

The Fine Gael TD said she expected a dedicated unit for children with the condition would open in Cork University Hospital (CUH) within two years.

Building will begin in December depending on private funding, she said, promising to use her position in Government to “keep an eye” on it.

She said frustration with the lack of isolated units and the fear her daughter, Lily, would pick up infections in CUH were the reasons why she …… read the full article on the Irish Examiner

Funding for Agri-food Enterprises

CorkPolitics.ie report that Áine Collins TD, has welcomed the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan’s decision to provide €5 million in funding for agri-food enterprises in rural Ireland after she raised the topic in the Dáil a few weeks ago.

“In Cork North West, there are a number of really good small businesses producing very high quality food but they need help in expanding their offerings and their markets and I am glad now that they will have a chance to avail of badly needed support. Locally, we have high quality producers such as McCarthy’s butchers, Ardrahan Cheese, not to mention the foods produced by Millstreet Community Horticultural Group, among many [read more …] “Funding for Agri-food Enterprises”

Áine Collins TD speech on Leader Funding

Our local TD Áine Collins delivered this speech yesterday in the Dail:
I welcome the opportunity to speak on this topic as it is very important. I ask the Minister to consider re-opening funding for the agrifood and horticulture sectors under Leader funding. This comes under Axis 1 of Leader funding, which currently only supplies funding for bakery products. It is important that we look again at this issue. The provision of Leader funding is about supporting rural businesses and communities and it seems ridiculous that in a country that promotes itself on the quality of its agricultural products does not support local food businesses. I hope the Minister of State can address the issue of how Ireland’s operational programme for rural development can allow funding to be [read more …] “Áine Collins TD speech on Leader Funding”

Millstreet Hospital to stay open … for now

From finegael.ie: Fine Gael Deputy for Cork North West, Áine Collins, has reassured Millstreet residents that their community hospital will remain open for now. Deputy Collins went on to say that the establishment of a local action group could go some way to ensuring the long-term viability of the Hospital.

Speaking at a specially convened meeting in the Wallis Arms Hotel in Millstreet recently, Deputy Collins said: ‘I am delighted to announce that following on from discussions I have had with Department of Health officials about the future of the Millstreet Community Hospital, I can confirm that it will not be closing this year under the recently proposed budgetary cuts’. [read more …] “Millstreet Hospital to stay open … for now”

Local Communities must organise to oppose Hospital Closures

Local Sinn Féin representative Des O Grady is calling on people across Cork North West to resist plans by the HSE to close local Community Hospitals across the constituency. Speaking after it became public that all community hospitals with less than 50 beds were earmarked for closure O Grady said, “strong rumours are circulating in the area that Millstreet, Kanturk and Macroom Community Hospitals may be shut down as all are under the 50 bed limit proposed by Minister for Health James O Reilly. The Christmas Eve leak of the HSE’s 2012 service plan with the prospect of 900 bed closures and 4,500 medical staff cuts gave notice to the elderly and the ill in society of what lay before them in the New Year. It seems that the Government and the HSE now have an unwritten policy to [read more …] “Local Communities must organise to oppose Hospital Closures”

At the Presidential Inauguration

Seán Radley travelled to Dublin today to the inauguration of our new President Michel D Higgins in Dublin Castle. Though he was not in the castle, he was interviewed outside by an RTÉ News crew, stating that he had come up from Millstreet, Co. Cork for the inauguration. The interview later appeared on the 1 o’clock news, and may be on the news bulletins later this evening also. For the next week, you’ll be able to see the short interview on RTÉ Player, and it’s about 13:30 in the video.

Who will you vote for in the Presidential Election 2011?

To get an idea of the mood of people, here’s a quick poll to see who do you intend voting for in tomorrow’s Presidential Election 2011? It’s totally anonymous, and you can choose up to three candidates.
Note: Poll was closed at 9am on the morning of the election.
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As it turned out. First preferences in Cork North west went like this:

  1. 38.4% Sean Gallagher
  2. 34.3% Michael D. Higgins
  3. 11.3% Martin Mc Guinness
  4. 7.6% Gay Mitchel

Details are from irishpoliticalmaps.blogspot.ie

Denny Owen

Born and raised in Claraghatlea a mile from the Town of Millstreet and admired and respected and widely known
And though he had lived for years in Bandon we used to claim him as one of our own
And as a primary school going boy in the fifties to this day I can recall
When Denny Owen the Politician was a Minister in Ireland’s Dail.

In the murky game of Politics Denny Owen was a rarity
When he gave his word he kept it he was as honest as could be
And a favourite quote of old Den Looney’s was ‘we will stick by Denny Owen’
As a brother to Matt and son to Mary Annie he is still one of our own.
[read more …] “Denny Owen”

Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Dept. of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Visits Millstreet Tonight

Pictured at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight - from left: Cllr. Noel Buckley, Minister Brian Hayes, T.D. from Dublin and Deputy Áine Collins, T.D.. Minister Brian was very impressed as he noted the dedicated Local Lotto Committee preparing at the Hotel for tonight's Draw which has a jackpot of €11,200.00. (S.R.)

Commemorating the Hunger-strikers

H Block Waterford30th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1981 Hungerstrike.
Millstreet, June 11th, Assemble at 7.45pm outside Dairygold Co-Op.
March to National Monument.
Speaker – Geno McCormack.
MacCurtain/McSwiney Republican Flute Band in Attendance.
All welcome/Fáilte roimh cách.