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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.
Rent rates in Mayo have increased slightly, according to the latest figures from property website Daft.ie.
The past eighteen months has seen a welcome change for the fortunes of the motor trade. In relation to motor trade insurance specifically we have seen a general increase in premium levels ranging from a low of 3-5 per cent to 30 per cent and more in the cases of motor traders with claims.
The issue of delivering healthcare fairly, using a human rights framework, will be discussed at NUI Galway on 6 February. The public event is part of the President’s Ethics Initiative and President Michael D. Higgins will open the event.
There’s been some further good news on the jobs front this week following the announcement from Acorn Life Group that the company will create a further 125 roles in 2015. Acorn Life Group, whose head office is based in Galway, is Ireland’s only 100 per cent Irish-owned life assurance company.
One lucky prize bond holder in Mayo scooped €50,000 in last weekend’s draw.
SVP says energy efficient homes bring real savings but inadequate income is main cause of fuel poverty
Research on the income and accommodation of a sample group of household types supported by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has found that while inadequate income is the main cause of energy poverty making homes more energy efficient brings real benefits.