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Fine Gael TD for Cork North West Áine Collins has questioned the constitutionality of the failure to compensate farmers affected by the designation of land for the protection of the hen harrier.

Currently, 80,000 hecares of Irish land is designated, affecting 3,054 farmers who are limited in their capacity to farm their land, according to Ms Collins.

Ms Collins,...

Famed French actor, director and writer, Mathieu Amalric will open the Cork French Film Festival this weekend. He tells Play's Maria Tracey about his love of west Cork, and of filming his latest film The Blue Room. 

For acclaimed French star Mathieu Amalric, opening the 26th Cork French Film Festival is doubly joyful. On one hand, the amiable actor and...

An artists impression of the proposed Cork disapora centre

A dedicated National Diaspora Centre is "vital" for the country, Cork's Lord Mayor has said in the aftermath of the government's decision to scrap plans for the much–vaunted tourism project. The Port of Cork's Custom House and Bonded Warehouse buildings had been among the main contenders to host the €15m...

 

Public ‘not aware’ of extent of mortgage distress

Protestors gathered in front of Cork City Courthouse to show their support for the numerous home owners who appeared in court due to mortgage arrears this week.  In a show of solidarity, members of the Irish Democratic Party (IDP), The Hub Ireland and the Anti Eviction Taskforce (AET) convened peacefully...

Governing bodies of CIT and ITT sign agreement

Industrial action is on the cards at Cork Institute of Technology in light of a planned merger between the college and its Tralee counterpart, and it may spread nationwide. The strike threat comes as governing bodies of CIT and Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) signed an agreement to merge, becoming Munster Technological...

 

A Cork toddler with a rare form of diabetes affecting one in 200,000 babies is “thriving” thanks to the team at Cork University Hospital, according to the child’s mother.

Ava Joyce from Douglas was diagnosed with permanent neonatal diabetes at birth in August 2013.

Although well recognised and increasingly researched worldwide, the genetic cause...

Bus Éireann have deferred plans to reduce its Cork services to mid-June 2015, following the completion of a report by a National Transport Authority (NTA) working group.

The current proposed changes include the removal of all services from Cork to Carrick–on–Suir on Route 7, cutting out stops at Parnell Place, Fermoy and Mitchelstown.

The decision to...

The Cork alma mater of musicians Mick Flannery, The Frank and Walters, and Áine Whelan is set to celebrate the a significant anniversary with an evening for past pupils.

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa  (CSN) will host an alumni gathering at Jacobs on the Mall on Thursday, March 5th in recognition of 25 years of its Sound and Management course.

CSN...

Two Centra stores in Cork are celebrating after taking the top spots at the ‘Store Of The Year’ awards. O’ Leary’s Centra in Tower won the coveted Centra ‘Store of the Year Award 2015’ and Lee’s Centra in Charleville scooped Centra’s ‘Best High Convenience Store of the Year Award 2015’, each having fought off stiff competition...

 

Although the average price of a residence in Cork sits below the national average, the county’s housing market continues to show signs of recovery, according to a recently–published report.

The average price for a residence in Cork in 2014 was €182,792 — the fifth-highest in the country — while the national average was €213,947.

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One of the jewels in east Cork’s crown will be the focal point of a special edition of RTÉ’s Nationwide tonight, Friday 27th.

A full episode of the popular magazine show will be dedicated to the ancient seaside town of Youghal, highlighting positive developments in the historic resort in recent years, ranging from the renovation of the Clock Gate, one of County...

A campaign is mounting to help a little Cobh girl, who has lived in hospital all her life, rejoin her family at home. Twenty–month–old Kate Flynn, who has a tracheostomy and requires a ventilator to help her breathe at night, is currently at Cork University Hospital but has been approved for a home care package. It's anticipated that Kate, who has never slept a night in her...

Revenue has seized 44,500 illegal cigarettes and tobacco in Cork. In an intelligence–led operation, officers from Revenue’s Customs Service seized the Black Mount cigarettes and Flandria and Golden Virginia tobacco on Wednesday, February 25th, with an estimated retail value of approximately €26,100. The operation, assisted by tobacco sniffer dog Harvey, involved two...

The Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has launched the Cork Equality and Sustainable Communities Alliance’s (CESCA) new community leadership training initiative.  

CESCA is a coalition of community and voluntary groups in Cork who have joined forces to address the issue of disadvantage in the city.

The alliance comprises 14...

Bishopstown–based ‘healthier for you’ food company Veronica’s Snacks is starting Spring with a bang, having secured almost half a million euro in funding to develop its gluten–free snack brands.

The company, set up in 2012, now employes three people and makes and distributes lower fat, gluten-free crisps under the ‘Veronica’s’ and...

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