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Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny TD has congratulated the Fine Gael members of Castlebar Town Council for their efforts in assisting the establishment of new resident groups. They are also meeting with existing resident groups to discuss any concerns that they may have. As with any resident groups, the local Garda Superintendent William Keaveney will attend a meeting with the groups and assign a garda liaison to each particular housing estate.
The new planning and development act which has been proposed by the Minister for Environment John Gormley has been described as a death knell for rural Ireland at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.
While on a visit to Kilkenny this week, Minister at the Department of the Environment and Local Government, John Gormley told reporters that he had no intention of proposing the abolition of town councils although the proposal is contained in the McCarthy Report.
A former Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council has called on the Minister for the Environment to fill the position of county manager from within the ranks of the council. According to Councillor Joe Mellett this will save the council €100,000 annually.
Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny TD has expressed his concern that the live register in County Mayo has increased by almost 158 per cent over the past two years. This represents an extra 7,425 unemployed people in the county, bringing the total to 12,128. Furthermore, the number of under 25s in the county has increased by 192 per cent showing that young people are being particularly hard hit.
A Government minister has slammed claims by Fine Gael TD Michael Ring that the “Government are raiding the fund for struggling farmers to pay for Irish language bureaucracy”.
Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has welcomed the decision by the Garda Commissioner to replace the two retired members of the force who carried out immigration duties at Ireland West Airport Knock. In his letter to Mr Higgins, the chief superintendent personal assistant to the Garda Commissioner states “in light of the retirement of two members of the Immigration Unit at Ireland West Airport on April 20 and May 8 2009, the Divisional Officer, in consultation with Detective Chief Superintendent Garda National Immigration Bureau and senior management at Ireland West Airport, conducted an extensive examination of resource deployment. The outcome of this process has led the Divisional Officer to advertise two new positions at the Immigration Unit with interviews for same scheduled for mid-November 2009.
Figures released by Mayo County Council under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that Mayo county councillors were paid out €836,212 from January to the end of June 2009, all relating to the six months pre-election. Independent Castlebar Councillor Frank Durcan who sought this information said that these figures are “immoral in the times that are in it”.
Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny, TD, has welcomed the decision to provide the HVP vaccine to all girls in first year of secondary school and the announcement of a national colorectal screening service. This will have profound health benefits for future generations and avoid much of the suffering associated with these diseases.
Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny, TD, has welcomed the decision to improve the broadband speeds at Cornanool National School just outside Castlebar. The Department of Education and Science have confirmed to the Fine Gael Leader that they will shortly be signing a contract with a new internet service provider. Once the contract is signed, it is expected that it will take six to eight weeks to complete. This will entail the provision of a new mobile broadband facility that will provide 1MB per second broadband in comparison to the much smaller capacity already available at the school.