Smaller businesses will be “hammered” by new commercial rates

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Local councillors have described proposed new commercial rates as “another blow to small businesses”, with the news that some local businesses are facing hikes of up to 300 per cent in rates.

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Northern Ireland, Brexit, the US and everything else

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Well, as we said last week, a general election for Northern Ireland is now laid out for March 2.

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One way? No way - businesses object to Church Street proposal

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

An association of Church Street traders say the proposed westward one-way system currently up for public consultation does not adequately take into account the impact the decision will have on their turnover.

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Moran invites Taoiseach to constituency in name of rural development

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Longford-Westmeath Independent Deputy, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, has invited Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the constituency next Monday (January 23) to see first hand the need to have a long term and substantial investment in rural Ireland.

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Residents of Ballymahon Road oppose cycleway crossing

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Members of a combined residents association representing Cornamagh, Lissywollen, Cornamaddy, Garrynafela, and Williamstown have written an open letter to Westmeath County Council in protest against the proposal to install a cycleway crossing at the White Gates.

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Westmeath County Council festival and event grant scheme 2017

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Westmeath County Council has announced a grant scheme to encourage and promote local festivals and events that involve significant voluntary input and generate increased economic activity for the local area.

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Bus Éireann threat looms large as Ross stays silent – Troy

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy says it is not acceptable for Minister Shane Ross to continue to take a back seat in addressing the crisis facing Bus Éireann.

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Kilmartin N6 and The Grove - opening doors and making a difference

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Over the last seven years Kilmartin N6 Service Station and The Grove Service Station have made a real difference to people who are experiencing homelessness throughout the Midlands by helping to raise almost €50,000 for Midlands Simon Community.

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Suicide Awareness Course to be held in Ballinasloe hotel

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Unfortunately more people die by suicide every year than on our roads, and every community has been affected by loss through suicide. Indeed there are many other people at risk who may have already attempted to take their own lives, and others who also self harm.

To help address this problem, a two-day suicide awareness and skills building workshop called ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) will take place in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11. The ASIST workshops are specifically designed to teach the skills to intervene with a person at risk of suicide. The Suicide Prevention Office of the HSE Club in association with the Ballinasloe Lions Club encourage as many people as possible to undertake the course to help prevent suicide in the community.

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Longford-Westmeath Social Democrats hold first AGM

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The Longford-Westmeath branch of the Social Democrats held their first AGM last week in the Newbury Hotel in Mullingar. The branch elected positions including chairperson, vice chairperson, and secretary.

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Councillors criticise HSE no-show in relation to St Vincent’s Care Centre

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Local councillors unanimously criticised the HSE for failing to send a representative to last Monday’s (January 9) meeting of the Athlone Municipal District.

Representatives of the HSE had been invited to the Athlone chamber to provide a first-hand update on how the works at St Vincent’s Care Centre are proceeding. However, the council was contacted just a few days before the meeting to be told there was nobody available from the HSE to attend. Instead, councillors were provided with a written report reaffirming that works will be completed by March’s deadline.

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Westmeath projects impress judges at Young Scientist

Thu, Jan 19, 2017

It was a successful outing for Westmeath schools at last weekend’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, with eight separate prizes being awarded to local students.

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