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The chief executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, has confirmed that he will give a full report on the council's involvement in the recent Mayo Day event and TV broadcast in the coming weeks to the elected members.
After three decades of campaigning and a “litany of false promises” local community groups and activists have welcomed the long-awaited signing of the €3.4 million contract for the Ballinfoile Community Neighbourhood Centre which took place at City Hall yesterday.
As storms continue to bombard Galway city and coastline the bill for the cost of repairs, continues to rise with an extra €135,000, on top of the original estimation of €1.3 million, needed to reinstate and improve rock armour.
This week has seen two Castlebar town councillors exchanging verbal punches over the issue of bringing jobs to the county town. Fianna Fáil councillor Blackie Gavin threw down the challenge to Labour Party councillor Harry Barrett to “get real on who is responsible for solving the jobs crisis in Castlebar”. Cllr Gavin said Cllr Barrett seemed to forget that his own party was part of the Government and could do a lot to solve the problem if it wanted to.
Responding to the lasted Central Bank report on the licensed money lending industry, Sinn Féin Castlebar town councillor Therese Ruane has called for action to be taken to curb the interest rates charged by these services, which according to her are “making exorbitant profits on the backs of hard pressed families”.
Cllr Harry Barrett has issued a statement in response to An Taoiseach recent comments regarding Cllr Barrett's request, calling on An Taoiseach to focus attention on the need to provide at least 1,000 production jobs in the county town.
A Minister and his department were criticised in court this week (July 17) for trying to prosecute a man who is hoping to renovate a seventh century church at his own expense.
The long term future of Knock Airport was pushed to the front of political debate once again this week, even causing the suspension of standing orders at the annual budget meeting of Mayo County Council so it could be discussed before the €120 million budget was even considered, and later in the week necessitated a Government Minister’s department to issue a denial that he advised an airline to fly into Shannon rather than Knock.
RTE’s Sean O’Rourke will visit Mayo next Friday, November 2, to launch a new political biography of Taoiseach Enda Kenny. The presenter of the RTE radio and television programmes, News At One and The Week in Politics, will be in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar, at 6pm to launch the new book entitled Enda Kenny The Unlikely Taoiseach. The book is written by political journalist John Downing and published by Paperweight Publications. It tells the story of Enda Kenny’s 36-year-long political journey from Castlebar to Government Buildings, and his 10-year campaign to successfully overcome reverses, doubts, slights and an outright party mutiny, to become Taoiseach in March 2011.