TEN QUESTIONS WITH.......

Fri, May 16, 2014

(1) Why are you running? I’m a new face, with new talent, I’m hard working. I will try to do things different from the others who are there already.

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Matt Carthy calls for community concerns to be addressed in pylon review

Fri, May 16, 2014

The Sinn Féin candidate for the Midlands Northwest European constituency, Matt Carthy, has called for the independent expert panel on pylons to listen to the voice of local residents. Speaking following the publication of the Terms of Reference of the review of the Grid West and Grid Link projects, Carthy said, “It is essential that the concerns of communities affected by pylons are addressed by the independent expert panel. Under the terms of reference, the independent expert panel will examine the potential environmental impacts, technical efficacy and cost factors in regards to placing electric transmission lines overhead or underground. However, it is disappointing to learn that the potential impacts of Electro Magnetic Fields will not be taken into consideration by the independent expert panel.”

He added: “For the public to have confidence in the outcome of this review, the uncertainties that communities have expressed about the erection of pylons must be addressed. The independent expert panel must also look at the long-term impact of the project when examining the cost of underground versus overhead lines. The long term economic impact for the state in erecting pylons through a vast corridor of its countryside must be reviewed as this will surely have an impact on an important industry, tourism.”

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‘The EU has been good for Mayo’ — Higgins

Fri, May 16, 2014

“One of the questions I get on the doorstep is ‘what’s Europe ever done for me?’ The answer is – a lot!” said MEP and European election candidate Jim Higgins. He went on to say this week that “as well as general achievements such as opening up our export and trading market, our membership of the EU has directly benefited Mayo in many, many, ways. One of my biggest priorities in Europe has been the reform and support of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), and of this, Mayo has been a big recipient – receiving €22m of CAP single farm payments in 2013 alone. Of the 61,000 jobs created last year, approximately 25,000 were in agriculture. I’d be the first to say that agriculture is driving our economic recovery and that’s why I fought to safeguard the CAP budget. The new CAP will provide Irish farmers with €12.5 billion from 2014-2020, so that our agriculture sector has the support it needs to prosper.”

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Privatising of Seaweed business concerns politicians

Fri, May 16, 2014

The sale of Arramara Teoranta to a private Canadian company, Acadian, is the first step in the privatisation of seaweed and other natural resources found along the seashore according to Sinn Féin councillor Rose Conway-Walsh. Cllr Conway-Walsh said: “The sale of this public asset jeopardises the harvesting rights of seaweed cutters and those who have used seaweed along the Mayo coast for generations. In spite of protestations from the Government that there was no intention to sell off the State-owned Arramara it is now clear that I and my colleagues, Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh and EU candidate Matt Carthy, were correct in relaying information to constituents that background discussions were taking place to push the sale through without consultation. Erris Seaweed Action Group will continue to work with the Connemara Action Group and other communities to provide a strong cohesive voice to protect the rights of seaweed cutters and coastal communities.” Cllr Conway-Walsh concluded saying: “There is no doubt that there is great untapped potential along our coast for greater use of seaweed and for job creation by adding value to the potential harvest there. But it will only benefit our own people if that harvesting and processing is controlled by the communities living there by way of co-operatives or some similar community based approach. Sinn Féin is encouraging land owners to check their land folios to establish their harvesting rights and coastal communities to work together to ensure the rights to cut seaweed and benefits arising from processing this natural resource are held by communities using a fair trade co-operative model.”

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Council needs money to buy property for jobs — Barrett

Fri, May 16, 2014

"The strong political clout that we have in this county should be focused on providing the funding to acquire NAMA property in Castlebar for industrial production,” said Labour Party Castlebar town councillor and Mayo County Council candidate Harry Barrett.

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Holmes calls for take-over of LIS access roads

Fri, May 16, 2014

Independent councillor Michael Holmes has called on Mayo County Council to take charge of semi-private access roads across the county which have been affected by the drastic reduction of Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) funding in recent years. Speaking at a Belmullet Electoral Area meeting last week, Holmes said it was unrealistic and unfair to ask people to pay for the maintenance of certain access roads through their villages and townlands.

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Plenty of big names on ticket in Claremorris area

Fri, May 09, 2014

Altogether 12 candidates will contest the Claremorris electoral area on May 23, including seven outgoing councillors, with seven seats to fill.

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Who is running in Elections 2014

Fri, May 09, 2014

Nominations for the Local Elections on May 23 closed on Saturday.

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Mags Sheehan sets herself a tough task in the Claremorris area

Fri, May 09, 2014

It’s not easy to get elected to the county council.

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Plenty of Independent voices on the ticket

Fri, May 09, 2014

A number of the Independent candidates running in the upcoming Local Elections believe voters are disillusioned with what the traditional parties are offering and a swing towards the non-party aligned is on the cards.

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Turlough children need a playground — Barrett

Fri, Apr 04, 2014

Residents in Turlough have raised the issue of a playground for local children at a community meeting this week, according to Cllr Harry Barrett. The Labour party local election candidate said this week that he was contacted after the meeting to request that the council provide a playground for local children. The meeting was told that there are some 120 children under the age of 12 within a two mile radius of the village, and currently they have no public play facility.

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Munnelly welcomes Downpatrick Head funding

Fri, Apr 04, 2014

Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly this week welcomed the announcement that €640,000 is to be allocated to Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle. Downpatrick Head is listed as a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist driving route. The allocation of money will improve visitor facilities here.

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