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Ballina Fine Gael councillor Michelle Mulherin is to become a full member of the Committee of Regions. This is a committee of the European Union which has to be consulted by the European Commission and the EU Council in regard to matters of local and regional authorities.
Local Fine Gael TD James Bannon walked out of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Heritage & Local Government on Tuesday, in protest at the Government’s failure to set up a river Shannon authority to ensure that flooding will not devastate housing, farming, business, and tourism in the Midlands again.
Despite reports that the Eircom Exchange in Monksland was supposedly broadband enabled, people in the area are still unable to get fixed line broadband from Eircom, that’s according to Cllr John Keogh, the local county councillor for the Athlone Electoral Area of County Roscommon.
The Midlands Gateway Chamber Ambassador of the Year 2009/10 is to speak at a breakfast briefing on innovation on Tuesday, February 2 in the Tullamore Court Hotel.
Months of hard work paid off for several young Athlone scientists on Friday last, when they scooped awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Fourth, fifth, and sixth year students from Westmeath are being invited to design a poster for National Heritage Week. The winning poster will be developed by a professional design agency and feature in a national advertising campaign to include TV, print and online.
Fine Gael Town Councillor Ger Deere has proposed a motion for debate at the next meeting of Castlebar Town Council calling on Eircom to replace all of their concrete manhole covers. The recent cold spell has caused some of their older concrete covers to completely disintegrate, and the motion calls on Eircom to replace them as a matter of urgency.
Human rights organisation Afri is calling for a suspension of all work on the Corrib gas project pending an independent and comprehensive investigation of its safety, human rights, economic and environmental dimensions. Afri is asking people to sign a petition to that effect, which will be delivered to the government next month. The petition was launched by former UN assistant secretary-general Denis Halliday this week.
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.