Smaller businesses will be “hammered” by new commercial rates

Thu, Jan 19, 2017


Local councillors have described proposed new commercial rates as “another blow to small businesses”, with the news that some local businesses are facing hikes of up to 300 per cent in rates.

Business owners across counties Westmeath, Roscommon, and Longford received a letter from the Valuation Office on Monday morning, setting out the new Proposed Valuation on their premises.


Northern Ireland, Brexit, the US and everything else

Pictured (l-r) at the AGM of the Longford-Westmeath branch of the Social Democrats are: Anthony Keane, vice chairperson; Karl Picard, chairperson; and Nigel Connor, secretary
Well, as we said last week, a general election for Northern Ireland is now laid out for March 2. ...

The Week

Music and live sports coverage at The Snug

Eimear Reynolds
The Snug has a whole host of live music and sports coverage to keep you entertained this weekend. ...


Town centre property offers comfort and convenience

Property: Kylemore, Railway View, Athlone ...


BMW 5 Series ‘Car of the Year 2017’ - coming soon to Colm Quinn

The new BMW 5 Series has been announced as the Car of the Year for 2017 at the 40th annual What Car? Awards, held in London. ...


2016 busiest ever year at Ireland West Airport as passenger numbers soar to over 730,000 for the first time

2016 has proven to be a record breaking year at Ireland West Airport with passenger numbers exceeding 730,000 for the first time in the airports 31 year history. In 2016, the annual number of passengers using the airport increased by 7% to 734,031, ...


Westmeath footballers and hurlers look to bounce back after defeats

Connacht head coach Pat Lam during the press conference at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
It is a hectic week for Westmeath footballers, who play three matches in seven days in the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup. ...


Geoff Anthony Stop Smoking Clinic celebrates 14 years in Athlone

Due to ongoing public demand, the highly successful Geoff Anthony Stop Smoking Clinic returns once again to the Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone, on Monday, January 23. ...


Farewell to 2016 – and welcome 2017

I hope you have survived Christmas. As I write this, it is December 28, so life is beginning to come back to normal, trains and buses are running, shops are open, people are reading newspapers, and the madness is over. Except, of course, for ...


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