More cutbacks at MGH to claw back €2 million overspend

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

There were further job cuts at Mayo General Hospital this week with unconfirmed reports that up to 15 nurses will not have their contracts renewed and hours have been cut. In an effort to cut costs before the end of the year, to prevent an estimated €2 million overspend, some wards will also be reduced to a five-day week. Staff morale is reportedly very low at the hospital and workers say these budgetary decisions have no regard for patient care.

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Harrington hunger strike continues

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

High-profile Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington has vowed to continue her hunger strike until written confirmation is given that the Solitaire is out of Irish territorial waters. At the time of going to print yesterday evening (Thursday) she was in her car at Glengad maintaining her protest.

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Kenny tells Barrett to ‘cop himself on’ over public service statement

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A war of words has broken out between Leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny TD and local Labour Party PRO Harry Barrett over the issue of public service inefficiencies.

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Man told garda to summons his rear end

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

An intoxicated Ballina man who told a garda to summons his rear end, and also threatened to headbutt the Garda, pleaded guilty before Ballina District Court this week.

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Ballina pub served drink on a Sunday morning

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A summons was issued against the licensee of Peacock’s Bar, Ballina to appear in Ballina District Court this week, after a number of customers were found on its premises on a Sunday morning in March.

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Community effort secures Tidy Towns accolade for Westport

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

A jubilant crowd welcomed home the Tidy Towns committee at the Wyatt Hotel, Westport on Tuesday evening after the town notched up an impressive victory at the annual Tidy Towns Awards which were held at a gala dinner on Monday night in Dublin. Not alone did the town scoop a hat-trick this decade (2001, 2006 and 2008) in being credited with being the tidiest town in Ireland, but they also received six other awards—Ireland's Tidiest Large Town, gold medal, regional award for the recycle initiative, the Le Gaeilge award, and a regional and county medal—with the win being even sweeter this year as it is the 50th anniversary of the Tidy Towns competition.

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Good showing by Mayo in tidy towns

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

When Westport first won the Tidy Towns competition just after the turn of the century the win was greeted with huge celebration. Last Monday evening the news that the town had won the overall competition for the third time this decade, and for the second time in three years, was celebrated with as much gusto by all involved.

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Woman who drove while intoxicated thought her friend was too drunk

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Two women who appeared before Judge Patrick Clyne at Ballina District Court on Tuesday were both equally guilty of a drink driving offence after one of them was arrested for being intoxicated while driving.

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Royal Castlebar apologises to unsatisfied patrons

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

While for the most part the staff of the Royal Castlebar Theatre and Event Centre are celebrating a hugely successful Riverdance run with over 20,000 watching the internationally acclaimed show, there have been some disgruntled patrons whose views were impeded.

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Nine Mayo schools participate in green energy project

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Nine Mayo schools that have already earned an An Taisce’s Green Flag are now embarking on An Taisce’s Green Energy Project sponsored by ESB Independent Energy. Through support and engagement with local businesses they will get the opportunity to see, learn and generate new ideas on the benefits and impacts of best practice in energy management.

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Not all Ballinrobe troublemakers are council tenants

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

Transparency in the way council housing is allocated and the HSE rent allowance scheme is administered has been called for by the members of the Ballinrobe electoral area committee who feel Ballinrobe have more than their fair share of social housing.

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Kool Kidz programme on Midwest Radio

Fri, Sep 12, 2008

On Saturday September 20 Midwest Radio will broadcast a new 12-part series of programmes entitled Kool Kidz which is aimed at four to 12-year-olds across the Connacht region.

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