Councillor calls for better school funding

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Fine Gael Councillor John O’Malley condemned the Department of Education for their inadequate provision of funding for school projects, stressing that “principals and boards of management are chasing councillors for their Notice of Motion money” in order to complete school works which are not provided for in Department funding.

The Westport councillor, who made these comments at the recent electoral area committee meeting, said that he does not want to criticise those seeking the money to complete school facilities, but as the Department is failing to provide substantial funding to complete school projects this has led to Notice of Motion money being spent on “three to four schools in Mayo this year”.

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Claremorris Chamber launches tourism brochure

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Claremorris Chamber of Commerce officially launched its tourism brochure in Ireland West Airport Knock on Monday July 21. The brochure is a source of relevant information on Claremorris and surrounding areas with a map of the town, places to eat and stay, and its amenities.

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With prosperity we failed to find ‘inner joy’ — Archbishop Neary

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

During Archbishop Neary’s celebration of Mass from “nature’s Cathedral of the West”—Croagh Patrick's summit—he commented on the failure of society to find peace and faith from the recent wealth and prosperity experienced in the country and called on parishioners during the Year of Vocation to “reflect upon and pray about the call or vocation we have received”.

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Gardaí mount bank holiday road safety campaign

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Over the coming weekend significant extra Garda resources will be deployed with the aim of increasing compliance amongst road users and improving road safety.

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€1.38 million for Mayo in Government Sports Grants Scheme

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Funding for Mayo sporting clubs and organisations under the Government’s Sports Grants Scheme has been announced this week by Beverley Flynn TD, who has also urged disappointed clubs to contact her to begin the process of reapplying for next year.

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Rehab and Top Oil’s car wash day a great success

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Car owners in Ballina cleaned up for Rehab on Saturday July 5 by participating in the second annual car wash day sponsored by Top Oil.

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Grant aid for Behymore NS

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Behymore NS has been allocated €14,000 in emergency funding from the Department of Education and Science. The funding announcement was made by Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary this week.

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Gormley interference could lead to Government downfall

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Fine Gael are predicting that Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley’s interference in the newly adopted Mayo County Development Plan could lead to government instability.

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Ring calls for more community wardens at schools

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

The Fine Gael spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Michael Ring, has learned that local authorities can now introduce community wardens outside schools following the success of a pilot scheme. He had sought an update on the pilot scheme commitment as included in the Programme for Government.

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Relocation costs secured for Parkside CDP

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has been informed by Minister Éamon Ó Cuív TD that his Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will finance rent and relocation costs for Parkside CDP's move to larger, more spacious premises within the locality.

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Daithi O Sé to judge Ladies’ Day at the Ballinrobe Races

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

Ballinrobe Racecourse is calling on the ladies of County Mayo to get their hats on and race cards ready for the Ballinrobe Races, which take place on Monday August 11. TV presenter Daithi O Sé, who has just wrapped up filming on TG4’s Highway 61, will be on hand to judge the Best Dressed Lady Competition and will have his binoculars polished to scout out the most eye-catching outfits.

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Rise in number of District Court cases heard in Mayo last year

Fri, Aug 01, 2008

According to the 2007 Courts Service Report, which examined statistics from the Castlebar and Ballina District Court Offices, 3,623 public order, drugs, larceny, sexual offences and road traffic cases were brought before the district courts in Mayo—13 more cases than in 2006.

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