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Boundary change should not affect religious or sporting bodies - Council

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Westmeath County Council says it is up to religious and sporting bodies to organise themselves "whatever way they deem appropriate" and that any boundary change in the Athlone area is an administrative matter.

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Councillors call for extension of Red Cross flood aid

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Westmeath County Council is to write to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to request that Red Cross aid for flood victims be extended to assist those who have put flood defences in place at their own expense.

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High praise for Athlone restaurants in McKennas’ Guide

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Athlone has been described as a "vibrant and happening food destination" in a glowing review of the town's eateries on the McKennas' Guides food blog this week.

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County veterinary officer critical of “grey area” on dog control

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Westmeath's county veterinary officer says the law is "too grey" when it comes to dog control, after councillors complained about certain dogs posing a threat to public safety.

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Ballinasloe back-up ambulance to be moved 40 mins further away – Naughten

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The ambulance providing back-up to the ambulance base in Ballinasloe is to be moved a further 40 minutes away from the town from February 1, according to local TD Denis Naughten.

“At present when the only 24 hour a day, seven day a week ambulance based in Ballinasloe has to respond to an emergency, a back-up ambulance is normally deployed from the ambulance base in Roscommon Town to provide cover,” Deputy Naughten said. “However, from February 1 this ‘back-up ambulance’ will be instead diverted to Loughglynn on the Mayo/Roscommon border, a further 40 minutes away from the town of Ballinasloe.

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AIT president receives honorary doctorate from Management and Science University, Kuala Lumpur

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin was awarded an honorary doctorate in Management from Management & Science University (MSU), Kuala Lumpur, on January 23.

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Troy slams restrictive criteria of Red Cross Humanitarian Fund

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The Red Cross Humanitarian Aid Fund was heavily criticised in the Dáil last Thursday due to the fact that many businesses affected by recent flooding are being told they are ineligible for assistance under the fund's criteria.

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More than €57k worth of drugs seized in Athlone

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Two major drug seizures have been made by Gardaí in Athlone in the past week.

Last Friday, February 22, heroin with a street value of €10,000 and cocaine worth €2,000 were recovered by Gardaí as part of a targeted operation into drug supply in the town.

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Horse owners “a law unto themselves”

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Council staff have been subject to intimidation by horse owners unwilling to comply with the law, according to Westmeath's veterinary officer Seán O'Laoide.

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Athlone graduate promoting Irish food in the UK

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Simon Connell from Athlone is currently undertaking the Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship programme working as an Irish food ambassador in London. In the UK, Daniel is working on business developments projects for a number of Irish food and drink companies.

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Penrose looks ahead to Labour conference in Westmeath this weekend

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Up to 1,000 people are expected to descend on the Mullingar Park Hotel this weekend as the Labour Party 2016 Annual Conference gets underway on Saturday.

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Vincent Browne debate rescheduled for Mullingar

Thu, Jan 28, 2016

The Vincent Browne debate which was cancelled recently in Mullingar has been rescheduled for this Monday, February 1.

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