Concerns mooted as local authority tenants face increased rent payments

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Elected representatives of Athlone Municipal District will meet with the Chief Executive, the Director of Finance and the Director of Housing of Westmeath County Council to discuss in detail the proposed increase of rent payments to tenants of local authority housing in Athlone before they are due to be implemented in early February.

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Come what May in the UK as centenary anniversary of first Dail sitting to be recognised

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

As I am compiling this column, it is just before the Westminster vote on Brexit. All observers feel the vote will be defeated, and some say very heavily. Be that as it may, the real question now is, what does Theresa May do next? She has to come back next Monday with a further plan of where she will go and what she will do. More and more it appears that the extension of time, which could be looked for at the end of March, is what is in sight, but we are in the dark and do not have any certainty about the outcome. I am sorry that this is so and apologise to the readers, but there is nothing that I or even the most renowned of columnists in the UK or Ireland can do – we cannot see the way forward as yet.

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Unified spirit as local community protests against proposed development

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

A strong sense of community with a unified purpose was evident in Ballykeeran on Saturday afternoon, as large numbers expressed their feelings in peaceful protest against plans by Irish Water to install raw water intake works and a wastewater treatment plant within the environs of the scenic Portaneena amenity area.

Ballykeeran residents association have vehemently rejected proposed development plans by the national water utility, noting that such works would cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem of the inner lakes and to the natural habitat within, in the process turning a unique scenic area, boasting immense tourist potential into an industrial zone.

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Athlone student meets local MEP in European Parliament

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Mairead McGuinness MEP for Westmeath and first Vice-President of the European Parliament recently welcomed students from Ireland to the European Parliament in Brussels, one of whom was Marist College student, Sorin Stoleru, who resides on Retreat Road in Athlone.

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Expanding business into Heartlands region may reduce wage bills

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Local Minister, Deputy Denis Naughten, has called on Dublin based companies looking to expand to consider creating jobs in Ireland’s Heartlands which offers employees a better lifestyle with lower costs, while remaining accessible to Dublin.

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Local secondary school students receive recognition for their scientific endeavours

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Secondary schools from Athlone were formally recognised at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition at the RDS upon the announcing of results in the various project categories.

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Hogan calls on Government to publish review of local property tax

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Independent Councillor, Paul Hogan, has called on the Government to publish the review of the local property tax as there is mounting speculation of significant increases within county Westmeath, noting that the anticipated average charge could increase from €90 to €315.

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Naughten welcomes Government move on single use plastics

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Local TD, Denis Naughten, has welcomed the decision by Government to progress his initiative on banning single use plastics in all public buildings, including schools.

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Outdoor recreation funding allocated to innovative local projects

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Dun na Si Amenity and Heritage Park, the perennially popular recreation location for families to visit in Moate, has been allocated €52,000 towards the upgrade of park fencing, electric supply and lighting as part of the latest outdoor recreation infrastructure funding announcements, it has been confirmed.

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Lifelong learning students receive recognition at Monksland presentation ceremony

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Students of the Adult Learning Centre in Monksland, part of Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board, celebrated their educational achievements at a well attended formal festive gathering in the community.

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Athlone’s Aishling rewarded in Bank of Ireland GoalSaver competition

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Athlone native, Aishling Doolan, who is saving for her dream wedding in August 2020, was the lucky recent recipient of a €5,000 cash prize following her decision to open a Bank of Ireland GoalSaver account.

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Naughten welcomes appointment of contractor for Coláiste Chiaráin

Thu, Jan 17, 2019

Local TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the appointment of a contractor to build the new second level school, Coláiste Chiaráin, at Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

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