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Galway County Council is to battle it out for the title of Council of the Year in the finals of the 2014 LAMA Community and Council Awards, in association with IPB, which will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood, Dublin, on Saturday, January 25 next.
“I’m going to try bottling the water in Ballynacarrigy and drinking it.” Cllr Peter Burke summed up the mood in the council chamber at Monday’s meeting of Westmeath County Council as councillors one by one congratulated Ballynacarrigy’s new Deputy Robert Troy and paid tribute to all the General Election candidates.
A proposal by Fine Gael Councillor Michelle Mulherin for Mayo County Council to award a civic reception to Liam and Noel Gallagher from the band Oasis, kicked off a furious debate at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council this week.
The issue of what happens once illegal dumping is reported to the council raised its head at this week’s monthly meeting of the Castlebar electoral area committee. Fine Gael Councillor Henry Kenny brought up the issue asking: “I have reported illegal dumping myself on a number of occasions, I’d just like to know what the follow up is on this dumping, do they come along and remove the materials that are dumped and what do they do after to investigate who is doing the dumping?” Cllr Kenny’s enquiry was backed up by Labour party Cllr Johnny Mee who told the meeting, “I agree with Cllr Kenny, there is an ongoing problem in this area where rubbish is just being dumped by people in the town. It’s a sad sight and it’s an appalling behaviour that has to be clamped down on by the council and the public in general.”
“Horrendous” is how the chairman of the HSE West’s regional health forum has described the fact that almost 90 beds have now been closed in local public hospitals due to budgetary cutbacks.