The news that 110 jobs are to be shed by Baxter in Castlebar in the coming months, sent shockwaves through the town when news of the losses emerged late last weekend. The pharmaceutical company which has been in Castlebar since 1972 is one of the major employers in Castlebar and surrounding areas and this news will have come to a shock to hundreds of families in the county. Since the news there have been widespread calls from political and local groups for the Government to ensure that all is done to ensure there are no further job losses from the plant.
On Thursday the local Fine Gael councillors in Castlebar issued a statement saying that following a meeting with representatives from Baxter, Castlebar remains an important part of the company’s vision for the future.
All Iarnród Éireann stations in Mayo have now been ticket vending machines. Machines were installed and commissioned at Westport, Ballyhaunis, Claremorris, Castlebar, and Ballina in recent weeks to complete the availability of ticket vending machines at stations in the county.
The provision of ticket vending machines at these locations means that tickets can be purchased while the station is unmanned. It also ensures that those with online reservations from irishrail.ie, where lowest rail fares are available if booked seven or more days in advance, can print their tickets from the machine. Mayo to Dublin rail fares are available from €14.99 each way online.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has described new figures showing a 7.3 per cent increase in visitor numbers this year as “phenomenal”.
“The combination of The Gathering, more flights into Ireland, better value for money, and the Government’s own initiatives have made 2013 a truly great year for tourism. These are phenomenal figures with increased visitor numbers from all our main markets, particularly from our higher spending long-haul markets,” Minister Ring said.