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IBEC, the group that represents Irish business, has released the results of a survey on the economic cost of the recent adverse weather conditions. On the basis of the results, IBEC estimates that the total value of economic output lost last week was approximately €700 million: €500 million in the services sector and €200 million in the manufacturing sector.
Despite some members of Castlebar Town Council saying last week they wanted a massive 10 per cent cut in rates in the town for 2010, the elected members settled on the figure of a 2.5 per cent cut in the rates.
Westport Town Council has so far totted up a bill of €40,000 in dealing with the extreme weather conditions which have plagued the county over the past few weeks.
After two days of meetings which totalled over 12 hours of discussion and debate, along with numerous in committee meetings, the 31 elected members of Mayo County Council agreed on a budget which saw them cut the rate in the county by two and a half per cent, to bring it to 68.76 on Friday evening.
Jim Higgins MEP for Ireland north west today urged the government to ensure it applies for funding from the EU Solidarity Fund before the January 27 deadline passes.
A total of €153, 216 has been paid out by Roscommon primary schools for the rental of prefabs in the last four years, according to local TD Denis Naughten.
A total of almost €1.5 million has been paid out by Westmeath primary schools for the rent of prefabs over the last 10 years, according to figures released by the Department of Education this week. In Athlone alone, prefabricated structures have cost schools some €485,000 in rent, as several schools await approval on urgently needed extensions.
Allocations for the €1.13m collected from parking in Mullingar last year were shown to councillors this week (January 18), at the monthly meeting of the area committee, as well as as a €1.2m EU grant to promote cycling around the town.