Ring gets the call up to the first team

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Thirty-seven years after he was first elected to public office in the old Westport Urban District Council, Michael Ring was promoted to a front bench position as part of new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's first cabinet. The Westport native was handed the position as Minister for Community and Rural Affairs on Wednesday evening, having served as a Minister of State twice since 2011, most recently as Minister of State for Regional Economic Development.

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Company fined after fatal accident at Corrib Gas Tunnel site

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

On Tuesday in the Castlebar Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe imposed a fine of €300,000 on Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG. The company, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 12 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, contrary to Section 77(2) and Regulation 31(b) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007.

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Two year time frame for IWAK SDZ master plan

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The process of putting a master plan in place for the strategic development zone (SDZ) at Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) will take in the region of two years to complete, the elected members of Mayo County Council were told this week at their June monthly meeting which was held in Carancon Parish Centre. At the meeting the members voted to defer the making of a new local area plan for the airport following the announcement a fortnight ago of the SDZ designation being approved by the Cabinet.

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McGowan will not put family future at risk in glamping quest

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

The Ballina based owner of the Quirky Glamping site in Enniscrone, Co Sligo, has said he will not put his family’s financial future at risk in order to get the project off the ground.

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Almost €20,000 in funding distributed to forty two sports and community groups by Mayo Sports Partnership

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

At a recent Mayo Sports Partnership Board meeting close to €20,000 was allocated to 42 clubs/organisations in Mayo through the Partnerships 2017 special participation grant scheme. Special guest at a recent presentation evening, Minister Michael Ring commended all involved in grassroots sport throughout the county, saying: “Supporting clubs and organisations through this annual small grant scheme by Mayo Sports Partnership recognises the vital role that sport is playing in our communities. Without volunteers sport just would not happen and it is vital that we continue to support them in their hugely important work."

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Calls for pyrite remediation schemes for Mayo following publication of report

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Two Mayo senators have called on the Government to bring in a remediation scheme for homes in north Mayo that have been affected by pyrite. Both Sinn Féin senator Rose Conway-Walsh and Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin called for such a scheme to be put in place this week after the Expert Panel on Concrete Blocks published their report.

Senator Conway-Walsh said, "At long last we now have a conclusive report confirming pyrite in blocks used to build private and public houses in Mayo and Donegal. We now know at least 345 private homeowners and a number of council estates in Mayo are being destroyed with pyrite. A redress scheme must be put in place immediately. Let this be the first job for the new senior minister.

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Family fun coming up at Westport Food Festival

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

There will be plenty on the menu for families and children at Westport Food Festival, which takes place from June 23 to June 25. There are workshops and tours, a new fast food race, and of course the Fairgreen Food Village which is fun for everyone. There is also a full programme of (free) demonstrations from top chefs like Stephan Matz, Michael Heneghan, and Bare Necessities on Saturday, so everyone gets a chance to learn. Demonstrations start at 12 noon with Stephan Matz.

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Indie Beer Week, 23rd June – 2nd July

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

From the 23rd June to 2nd July, breweries across Ireland will be opening their doors and inviting their local communities to join them for Indie Beer Week, a celebration of independent Irish beer making.

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The final lap for Kenny as Taoiseach

Fri, Jun 09, 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny was in the United States this week as part of his final trade mission as the leader of the Government. Mr Kenny, who has led the country since 2011, is expected to step down next week when Leo Varadkar's elevation to the position will be voted on in the Dáil. As part of his trip to the US Kenny met with the executive management of Baxter Healthcare in its headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois. 

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Ring allocates €309,296 for social enterprise projects in Mayo

Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Minister for State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring, this week announced the allocation of €309,296 for seven social enterprises in Mayo.  The funding is part of a €1.648 million allocation made by Minister Ring from the Dormant Accounts Fund to 42 social enterprise projects across the country.  

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Rescheduled Breaffy GAA Monster Auction this Saturday

Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The rescheduled Breaffy GAA Monster Auction will take place this coming Saturday in Breaffy GAA Clubhouse. The auction was due to take place on Saturday, May 27 but was postponed as a mark of respect after a tragic death in the club. The auction gets underway this Saturday at 6.30pm and the hundreds of items up for auction has a worth in excess of €30,000.

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New tourism video features Aidan O’Shea, Lee Keegan, and Colm Boyle

Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Mayo Gaelic footballers Aidan O’Shea, Lee Keegan, and Colm Boyle feature in a new tourism video released online this week. The video follows the players as they embark on a road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo. It is the second production in the Wild Mayo series of five tourism films, commissioned by Mayo.ie. In the film, the three men revisit Belmullet, the location of a memorable training camp as part of the Mayo senior football team. They discuss their past experiences and visit some old familiar faces along the way.

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