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Local Green Party Councillor, Louise Heavin, has been appointed to the role of Heritage spokesperson for the political party.
Local Fine Gael Councillor, John Dolan, has urged small and micro businesses to apply for the new €250m Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to help them with the costs associated with reopening and reemploying workers following COVID-19 closures.
Athlone Town Mayor Frankie Keena has welcomed last week’s announcement that businesses who had to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have their commercial rate bills waived for three months commencing on March 27 and that the exchequer will pay an equivalent amount to each local authority to fund this initiative.
With one third of all nursing homes in Ireland recording a diagnosis of COVID-19 and many of them recording deaths, the virus has wreaked havoc in normally tranquil and peaceful elder care facilities.
Athlone Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, has called upon the law to be exacted on those responsible for the “mindless vandalism” to local authority property at the Glynwood-Tully Old Rail Trail/Greenway access site.
Local Fine Gael Councillor, John Dolan, has reacted unfavourably to the Green Party requisite of a seven percent reduction in greenhouse gases prior to taking a decision to enter a coalition Government.
Following the decision taken by the Green Party to enter coalition Government talks with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in recent days, local political representative, Cllr. Louise Heavin, spoke with the Athlone Advertiser this week, affording her views on the planned inter-party negotiations.
While affording cautious welcome to the raft of business support measures announced by the Government to aid the posy-COVID-19 economic recovery, local businessman and prominent Fianna Fáil Councillor, Aengus O’Rourke, noting the detrimental impact of the virus from a professional perspective, stated the mechanisms introduced are not sufficient.
Speaking with the Athlone Advertiser this week, Town Mayor, Cllr. Frankie Keena, expressed his aspiration that a chink of light is now emerging following the planned phased lockdown exit announcement.