The Scandal of an Empty Hospital
It gives us no pleasure to highlight in our first issue of 2018 the scandal and disgrace of a multi-million euro extension to Bandon Community Hospital being left empty, months after its handing over by HIQA to the HSE. Staffing levels seem to be the cause of the problem which is preventing patients from moving into the new facility and respite care being denied to the elderly. We would appeal to all concerned to get their act together sooner rather than later.
On the positive side Bandon, Clonakilty and Bantry have witnessed progressive developments in the past month: the new Post Office in Bandon is to open in Riverview Shopping Centre on January 2nd; also the town witnessed the installation of the deck of the new footbridge, which is to be completed in the coming weeks. Clonakilty got good news on its flood relief scheme and Bantry saw the opening of a multi-million euro SuperValu as well as a new Lidl store. There were other good news stories also: Carbery appointed a new CEO in the person of Jason Hawkins, replacing Dan MacSweeney who played a pivotal role in its success: Bandon lady Donna Roche, Manager of Mater Private Cork oversaw the opening of a €2.5m Orthopaedic and Spine Centre; West Cork sports clubs were given €1.1m in funding, with Innishannon receiving grant aid from various sources totalling €340,000. Over 100 young people were honoured at the SuperValu West Cork Garda Youth Awards and Longford-born artist of repute Bernard Canavan, married to Bandon lady Janet Lucitt, was honoured by President Higgins at An Arás. A new report for Bandon’s future was unveiled and the town also launched its Age Friendly Parking. Clonakilty welcomed up to 2,000 runners to its Waterfront Marathon which gave the town a welcome boost. In the Church of the Seven Sacraments in Lowertown, west of Schull, the parish celebrated its 50th anniversary.
We carry generous photographic coverage of the many festive events held throughout West Cork in the build-up to Christmas, from the switching-on of lights to December 8th celebrations and much more.
Finally we are truly overwhelmed by the reaction by you our readers to our bumper Christmas Annual, incorporating our 40th Anniversary supplement. Many felt that it was the best ever Annual and we thank everyone who made the effort to express their appreciation.
We carry the results of a number of Christmas competitions in this issue, but there is still time to enter some others in the Annual to win great prizes.
Wishing all our readers a Healthy and Happy New Year