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A split has reportedly emerged within the Right2Water campaign - a broad alliance of political parties, trade unions and community groups - over organisers' failure to appeal for mass non–payment of water bills, advocated by many members as a vital part of the anti–charges campaign.

Members of Cork’s anti–water charges movement, who have organised a ‘Burn...

Gardaí in Cork are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of 14–year–old Louise Scannell.

Louise has been missing from Blackrock since Tuesday, May 26th and was last seen on Ringmahon Road, Mahon.  She is 4ft 11” in height, of slight build, with black hair and brown/green eyes. When last seen she was wearing a grey hoodie, navy tracksuit pants and a...

The deadline for applications to grant schemes aimed at improving the aesthetics of the city has been extended. The new deadline of Friday, June 19th is for the Painting Grant Scheme 2015 and Architectural Conservation Area (ACA) targeted at the city centre from Blackpool to Barrack Street, and the Oliver Plunkett Street Grant Scheme. City Council outlined that "well kept and attractive...

The government is allocate a total budget of €61 million to complete the clean–up of the Haulbowline toxic dump in Cork harbour. The additional €21 million boost will mean the core clean–up will be finished by the end of 2015, with further work continuing until 2017 as part of an 'all-island' effort.

"This news will come as an enormous relief to the people of...

The N28 Cork to Ringaskiddy road upgrade project, recognised as a key piece of national infrastructure by successive governments, has not been duly prioritised, according to the Cork Chamber.

The proposed upgrade would run from the Bloomfield interchange, bypassing Shanbally and Ringaskiddy village, before linking directly with eastern side of the Port of Cork’s container...

President Michael D Higgins is to visit a west Cork school next week to celebrate its 20 years of education through Irish. The President, along with his wife Sabina, will be at Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty next Thursday, June 11th as the school completes 20 years of oideachas trí Gaeilge. The occasion will also include the unveiling of a commemorative...

A Charleville woman who leads a project to highlight the problem of suicide and mental health in the area has been recognised for her work. Margaret O’Callaghan of the Charleville Suicide Awareness Project was the overall individual winner of the County Mayor Awards. The initiative addresses the issue of suicide through awareness and campaigns such as information seminars. Youth...

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of one of Ireland’s - and the world’s - all time musical greats.

Rory Gallagher, born in Donegal but raised in Cork and a familiar sight around the city in his heyday, even when he had become one of the most respected and renowned musicians of his generation, died on June 15th, 1995. The former North Mon student, famous for his amiable...

Cork experienced its wettest May day last month in over 40 years. New statistics released by Met Éireann reveal 38.5mm of rainfall was recorded at Cork Airport on Saturday, May 2nd, the biggest one–day rainfall in May in the entire country, and the wettest May day in Cork since 1973. In contrast, the highest mean monthly temperature in the country in May was 11.0°C, recorded...

A fundraising initiative by a Fermoy cancer survivor is to fly high later this month. Kite Fest, in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research, will take place on Father's Day — Sunday, June 21st — in Millstreet Country Park with 3D kites, kite flying demonstrations, kite making demonstrations and other activities.

Mother–of–five Joanie Hanley, who is a keen kite flyer...

The five–star luxury Castlemartyr Resort in east Cork is to go on the market with a guide price of €13m. The hotel, which has attracted high–profile guests such as Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton and the honeymooning Kim Kardashian and Kanye West since it opened in 2007, was developed at a cost of €70m.

Tom Barrett of Savills, who is managing the sale, said...

Glasgow detectives investigating the murder of a Cork nurse in April are appealing for information to identify a potential witness. Karen Buckley (24) from Mourneabbey in north Cork, who was studying occupational therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University, disappeared during a night out in Glasgow in the early hours of Sunday morning, April 12th. Friends raised the alarm after she...

A Cork man has warned landlords in the city of the dangers of letting property to a family he says destroyed his house, leaving bin bags full of maggot–infested faeces on the floor.

Landlord Val Calnan told Cork’s RedFM of his experience leasing a house to a family with three young children who, having blocked the property’s three toilets, used black bags instead....

Darragh Brady, Chair of the Cork Branch of the IHF pictured with local hoteliers at a recent meeting of the IHF Cork Branch in support of Cork Airport. 

Cork’s hoteliers have called for increased route development support for Cork Airport to encourage greater air connectivity into the south of Ireland and enable the region to live up to its full...

In the wake of confirmation that May was one of the wettest on record (see Page 8 for more), a survey has revealed that nearly half of us are willing to pull a ‘sickie’ from work for the sake of a sunny day.

The HB Ice Cream survey has also shown that 10% of people will don shorts or a skirt as soon as the temperature hits double figures, ‘grand drying weather’...

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