Sinn Féin sets out actions needed as Government ‘frozen by big freeze’

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Sinn Féin county councillor Gerry Murray has deemed the Government response to the big freeze as ‘farcical’. Cllr Murray set out a number of steps that still need to be taken to address the hardship caused by the freezing weather.

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Castlebar youth organisation receives arts funding

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Comhairle Shóisearach Mhaigh Eo based in Newtown, Castlebar, has been awarded €5,000 under the Artist in Youth Work Scheme run by the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Youth Arts programme to script and edit a documentary on local politics and how young people can have a voice in matters which affect them at a local and national level.

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Castlebar swine flu clinic operates reduced hours

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

The swine flu vaccination clinic at Mayo General Hospital will be open on Mondays and Thursdays only from next Monday, January 18.  It is intended that some of the staff from this clinic will be redeployed to work with the school vaccination teams in Mayo.

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Works confirmed for Myna National School, Westport

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn has confirmed that funding has been allocated by the Department of Education and Science for necessary roof works at Myna National School in Westport.

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Drunk Ballina man drove with no lights on

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

A Ballina man was disqualified from driving at Ballina District Court this week after he was detected by gardaí driving with no lights on at night and was then arrested for drink driving.

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Ballina gardaí playing cowboys to Indians

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

A 27-year old man’s actions towards gardaí were described by Judge Mary Devins, at Tuesday’s sitting of Ballina District Court, as actions akin to a child.

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Manager rejects Durcan’s claim his wife benefited from junction change

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Independent Councillor Frank Durcan has called for the acting county manager Joe Beirne to consider his position after he accused him of benefiting from the change of a junction on the Pontoon/Turlough Road in Castlebar. Cllr Durcan alleged to a meeting of Mayo County Council that Mr Beirne had not fulfilled his duties in disclosing his interests in a property in the area where the works were being carried out. The property Cllr Durcan referred to is the premises where Mr Beirne’s wife carries out her business.

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Calleary encourages Mayo students to enter Junior Inventor Competition

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

The Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary TD is encouraging primary level students in Mayo to enter the Junior Inventor Competition run by the Irish Patent’s Office.

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Claremorris man appointed as chief officer for Mountaineering Ireland

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

Mountaineering Ireland, Ireland’s national governing body for hill-walkers and climbers, has appointed Claremorris man Karl Boyle as its chief officer. The appointment comes at an exciting time for Mountaineering Ireland during the implementation of its new Strategic Development Plan 2009–2013.

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Spiritual tourism being successfully developed in the west

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

More than 60 businesses from the west and northwest regions successfully participated in a year-long training and development programme in 2009 specifically aimed at progressing the offering of spiritual tourism experiences for visitors to the area.

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Water supply levels very low after big freeze

Thu, Jan 14, 2010

The elected members of Mayo County Council were told that water supply levels were very low around the county following the recent weather. Director of services for water services Paddy Mahon told the annual budget meeting: “Normally we use 59,000 cubic metres of water a day in the county, but yesterday (Sunday, January 10) we used 69,000 cubic metres of water in the county, that’s 16 per cent more than normal and this week we expect it to get worse. The situation in the Castlebar reservoir is critical today (Monday) and rationing will have to be considered over the week”.

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