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Homelessness is a very real problem in Mayo but it is not presenting itself in a stereotypical way, as individuals sleeping rough on the streets or in parks.
A number of county councillors have expressed unhappiness about a new policy whereby the details of farmers' grants from Europe are being published online. This follows new EU regulations, which required details of all payments made to Common Agriculture Policy beneficiaries in 2014 to be published by member states. Some €1.8 billion was paid to 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises nationwide under CAP schemes last year.
Rent controls are "urgently needed" in Galway" to deal with the shortage in the housing supply that is causing "worry and stress" for families across the city and is impacting on both the private and social housing sectors.
They say that the only problem with insurance is that you do not know what you have bought until you really need it, and it is then, if you have not been advised correctly or you have failed to comply with the small print, that you might find you have nothing at all.
A group of anti-eviction campaigners who were formerly part of Land League West say they now plan to open a drop-in centre in Castlebar to help families facing the loss of their homes.
Mayo Fianna Fáil deputy, Dara Calleary, who is the party’s spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation, says his party is strongly advocating for a 6.4 per cent increase to the national minimum wage.
Crowe’s Bar in Galway city is the venue for a table quiz for Galway-based dog rescue charity MADRA this evening, April 16, from 8pm.
Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed the findings of a review of Microfinance Ireland (MFI) which has been published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. MFI provides loans of up to €25,000 to businesses which employ 10 people or fewer and which are not able to access credit from traditional sources like banks. The report found that in its first two years of operations, MFI received 729 applications for loans, supported 743 jobs in 333 micro-enterprises, and approved loans valued at more than €5 million.
Local TD Gabrielle McFadden has welcomed the allocation of some €30.7million for local authority housing in Westmeath.
Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michelle Mulherin, this week called for representatives of county registrars to be invited before the Oireachtas Finance Committee to discuss how meaningful engagement by the banks can help resolve the current situation on mortgage arrears.