Overwhelming local support for students in housing crisis

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Over 60 local homeowners have opened their doors to desperate students in need of accommodation as a result of concerned statements made by Áine Daly, vice president for student welfare and accommodation at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), reached the public last week.

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Leaving cert students face unknown but fears shouldn’t stop their goals

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Let’s look at the sports. Last Saturday we had Galway versus Dublin in the football semi-final and of course, Dublin won.

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Two local community groups win in National Lottery Good Causes Awards

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The Gateway Youth Project (Foroige) and the Midland's Amenity Park Association Ltd. were notable winners in their respective categories following the announcement of the successful candidates in the county Westmeath National Lottery Good Causes awards.

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Necessary funding available to local agricultural shows

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Both Athlone and Moate Agricultural Shows could be destined for some much needed financial impetus with the announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Deputy Michael Ring TD, of a €600,000 funding allocation to events of this ilk in 2019.

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River Shannon in Athlone is now ‘moderately littered’ survey reveals

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The first nationwide survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) of Ireland’s rivers, beaches and harbours has revealed that the River Shannon in Athlone is ‘moderately littered’.

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Reduced VAT rate leads to job creation in Westmeath

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

A recent report published by the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) has revealed that 1,441 new jobs in the accommodation and food services sector have been created in county Westmeath since the introduction of the reduced VAT rate of nine percent in July 2011.

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Apprenticeship access is a must for Westmeath’s youth

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The number of young persons under 26 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, jobseeker’s benefit or signing for credits for one year or more in county Westmeath is 299, according to new figures from Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

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Caution urged to local farming community

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

ESB Networks has issued a public safety warning to the Westmeath farming community about transporting high loads of hay and straw which may come in contact with overhead electricity wires.

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Barnardos launch local volunteer drive in Athlone

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Barnardos, the children's charity who campaign for the rights of all children and work with vulnerable children and their families throughout the country is calling on the people of Athlone to support their national collection day on Friday, September 14.

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Rotary Club of Athlone launch fundraising concert

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The Rotary Club of Athlone hosts its fourth annual fundraising concert on Friday, August 31, in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Athlone. Similar to last year, the event will be in aid of Athlone Special Olympics Club. Funds raised from that particular event contributed towards sending fourteen athletes to the Irish Summer Special Olympic Games which were held in Dublin in June.

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Fodder problem must be addressed at European level

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

The current fodder crisis is a European wide problem that needs to be addressed at European level as well as at national level, Mairead McGuinness MEP for the Midlands and first Vice-President of the European Parliament said today.

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Eye field tests to resume in Roscommon next month

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway, Deputy Eugene Murphy has welcomed the news that patients from South Roscommon will no longer have to travel to Galway for basic eye field tests as the specialised lenses have been replaced in the Ophthalmology Department in the county town and should be operational by the end of September.

Deputy Murphy tabled a parliamentary question with the Minister for Health as a number of constituents had raised the matter with him in recent weeks.

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