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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.
Fine Gael Councillor Noreen Heston has succeeded in getting the backing of her colleagues on Castlebar Town Council for the establishment of an information evening. Last week’s meeting of the organisation backed her proposal to host an information evening which would be open to members of the public. The purpose of the evening is to strengthen relationships between the electorate and the service providers and local politicians.
The Irish Patents Office have announced details of a Junior Inventor competition, which is being aimed at primary school students and Mayo pupils are asked to get involved in the competition which encourages children to be innovative and to sow the seeds of interest in science and engineering at an early age.
Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has criticised the Fianna Fáil/Green Government for what he calls “their reckless approach to job security and creation” as Mayo’s unemployment figures went through the roof over the past two years. The figures obtained from the Minister for Social and Family Affairs for January 2007 shows 4,760 people signing on in the county. This is compared to 12,114 in September 2009 and demonstrates the seriousness facing a substantial part of Mayo’s population.
Funding of €36,000 for Castlebar Voluntary Social Services based at Castle Street car park has been welcomed by the Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny TD. The funding has been issued by the Department of Health and Children as part of their 2009 allocation from National Lottery funds. The funding has been issued to aid in refurbishment work at the social services centre which provides numerous important services around the wider Castlebar area.