Barrett outlines some traffic solutions for Castlebar’s gridlock

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Castlebar Town Council must act immediately to ease the traffic gridlock in the town, according to Labour PRO Harry Barrett. “As Christmas approaches, we will see the town come to a standstill and emergency services put at risk if action is not taken,” he added.

The traffic situation in Castlebar last Friday evening was described as a disgrace by the Labour hopeful. Residents of Marion Crescent, St Bridgid's Crescent and indeed large areas of the Rathbawn Road were hemmed in for over an hour as the traffic came to a standstill. If emergency services had had to call on any of these areas of the town they could have been in difficulty.

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Ring speaks out for young farmers

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Fine Gael’s spokesperson for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Michael Ring, again this week in the Dáil questioned the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith TD, in relation to the suspension of the Young Farmers’ Installation Scheme.

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O’Brien pushes for action on broadband availability

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Following an admission by Minister Eamon Ryan that the Government’s scheme to ensure nationwide access to broadband will not be completed until 2010, Councillor Patsy O’Brien has again raised the issue at a local level.

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‘I’ll still be active on the political scene’ - Campbell

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Sinn Féin’s Noel Campbell will not disappear off the political landscape in Mayo despite the fact he’s not allowed to run again in next year’s local elections. Current legislation disbars civil servants who hold a position higher than a clerical officer from running for public office. Campbell, who is employed by the Department of Arts Sports and Tourism, is employed at a higher grade. “It’s a pity and I’m snookered so to speak. I can’t see the government making an exception for me on this one, so I’m consigned to the fact that I will not be running again next year,” Campbell told the Mayo Advertiser this week.

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Back to education scheme needed for unemployed construction workers

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Westport Sinn Féin Town Councillor Dave Keating has called on the government to introduce a back to education scheme for young construction workers.

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€100,000 settlement for MEP following libel action

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

The Sunday Independent newspaper have agreed a settlement to the tune of €100,000 with Ballyhaunis MEP Jim Higgins following a libel action taken against the paper.

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O’Mahony forces Dáil debate on the closure of Harristown House

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

Deputy John O’Mahony addressed Dáil Eireann on Wednesday in relation to the closing down of Harristown House, the only public alcohol and drug treatment centre in the country which is funded by the probation service.

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Cathaoirleach welcomes Argentina/Ireland exchange

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

The recently announced working holiday agreement between Argentina and Ireland has been welcomed by Councillor Joe Mellett, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council.

He said that while the Government has to be congratulated, the person who started the initiative, the late JJ O’Hara of Foxford, has to get the plaudits.

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Second referendum on Lisbon for the birds

Fri, Nov 14, 2008

If public servants continue to make statements and devise policies which expose the EU to ridicule, there is very little prospect that a second Lisbon referendum could be won.

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Sinn Féin select European north west candidate

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Sinn Féin’s Lisbon Treaty campaign director Councillor Pádraig MacLochlainn has been selected as the party’s north west candidate for next year’s European elections.

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Flynn appointed to Oireachtas Education Committee

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Beverley Flynn has been appointed to the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Science.

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Mayo students and families pay more than Galway rail users

Fri, Nov 07, 2008

Westport Labour Councillor Keith Martin has called on Irish Rail to explain why students and families pay more for tickets on the Westport to Dublin line compared to those on the Galway to Dublin line.

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