Cork children give their take on news stories of the week; plans for Fota Island, Cork GAA, U2 and cutbacks in the Customs service.

Children from Ovens National School in Knockanemore, Ovens, County Cork give their opinions on the news stories of the day.

The first pressing issue for the children is the proposal put forward by University College Cork (UCC) to sell off a major part of Fota Island Estate, near Cobh, to a development group that plan to construct a holiday and leisure complex.

Cork businessman and farmer Richard Wood initiated the restoration of Fota House and it houses his collection of 18th and 19th century Irish landscape paintings. He has threatened to pull out of the house if the sale is agreed.  The children disagree with the proposed sale and worry that after working so hard to restore Fota House, Richard Wood

Will take all the things that he has put into the house out of it, which will spoil it for the public.

A hot topic of debate in Cork is the National Football League quarter final between Dublin and Cork that went to extra time but

Cork couldn’t come out, for reasons unknown.

With only the Dublin team on the pitch, the referee threw in the ball and Barney Rock scored. However according to one boy, the teams should have, but did not switch ends. As he sees it, Barney Rock kicked the ball into the Dublin goal and.

It would have been a goal for Cork, so Cork should have won that match.

In other big news for Cork, the Irish band U2, will be ending their Joshua Tree World Tour with a concert at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. One boy, a U2 fan and is pleased that such a high profile band will be coming to Cork. Another boy disagrees and is concerned the fans will wreck the Cork GAA stadium citing issues when Simple Minds played in Dublin in 1986.

Look what Simple Minds did to Croke Park.

One girl is concerned about imminent customs cutbacks where there will be no inspection of ships or aircraft by customs officials at night and at weekends.  She is worried Ireland will be left open to rabies, foot and mouth, and drugs coming into the country. The decision was taken by the government to save £250,000 annually in wages, but as she sees it, there should be an increase in supervision, not a decline.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 April 1987. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.