New €9m Garda station for Athlone goes to tender

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The new €9m Garda station for Athlone has moved a step closer by going to tender.

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From tragedy to triumph... and repeat

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Well, so many awful things have happened since we last spoke together, and yet so many hopeful, optimistic things have also happened. So, let us put them all in context.

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Derelict sites a source of frustration for councillors

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Councillors at last Monday’s Municipal District meeting (June 12) collectively expressed frustration regarding the number of derelict buildings in Athlone, and the council’s limited powers to remedy the situation.

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Ballinasloe Tennis Club’s special needs programme a winner

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

For the last two years, Ballinasloe Tennis Club has been operating a dedicated special needs programme for the Brothers of Charity in Ballinasloe.

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Moran calls for an end to cronyism in wake of Whelan appointment

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Minister of State for the Office of Public Works, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, says the manner in which Máire Whelan was appointed to the Court of Appeal smacks of old politics and cronyism.

Ms Whelan’s nomination, pushed by the departing Enda Kenny in one of his last acts as Taoiseach, has become controversial because it has emerged that three High Court judges expressed an interest in the post, and that Ms Whelan was present at Cabinet when her nomination was discussed.

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Local representatives welcome Jadotville medals for bravery

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Local representatives from Athlone and Westmeath have praised the decision taken by the Government last week to award medals of bravery to the soldiers of Jadotville.

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Mayor determined to build on Athlone’s tourism potential

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Mayor of Athlone, Aengus O’Rourke (FF), is determined to build on the tourist potential of Athlone, and has called for more involvement from local business owners in doing so.

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Dolan says further changes are needed to secure CE Schemes

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Local Fine Gael councillor, John Dolan, is calling on the council to write to the Minister for Rural Development and Minister for Social Protection requesting changes to Community Employment Schemes (CE).

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Public meeting for school-leavers in The Shamrock Lodge

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Fine Gael Deputy for Longford-Westmeath, Peter Burke, in conjunction with Cllr John Dolan, will host a public meeting in Athlone aimed at school-leavers and their parents, about future opportunities in education and in the workforce.

The meeting, which will be held this Thursday at 7.30pm in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, will hear from representatives from LWETB, Ericsson, AIT, Collins McNicholas Recruitment, Moate Business College and from representatives from Sonas who run apprenticeships from Athlone. There will also be information about the SUSI application process and how students can apply for grants.

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco takes shareholder stake in OxyMem

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

OxyMem Ltd, a leading innovator in energy efficient wastewater treatment based in Athlone, has announced that it has added Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) to its growing shareholder base.

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Young people a priority for current Government - McFadden

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The present Government is wholeheartedly dedicated to nurturing the country’s youth, according to Athlone-based Senator, Gabrielle McFadden.

Senator McFadden says that initiatives introduced in the last week alone, including an extra payment to childcare service providers, a 25 per cent increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, and the announcement of more than €90,000 of additional funding for enhanced safety measures and play areas for schools in Westmeath and Longford, are proof of the Government’s commitment in this area.

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Gaisce participants join Defence Forces Adventure Challenge

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Thirty young Gaisce participants from across Ireland began four days of hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and obstacle courses last weekend as they embarked on a four-day Defence Forces Adventure Challenge.

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