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Just over 12 hours after he addressed the nation in a live Sunday evening (December 16) broadcast on Ireland’s exit from the Troika bailout, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was back at his desk in his constituency office on Tucker Street in Castlebar. His familiar voice could be heard outside the door of the office as he chatted to old school friends and passers-by as he arrived to the door of the office, ready for another full day of engagements on his home turf. After 38 years in national politics, the Islandeady native is heading into his third Christmas as leader of the country and is very positive about the future for Ireland in the coming years.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the decision to approve funding of €195,115 for Parke Community Hall under the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme. The funding will allow for an extension to the existing community facility to include a funeral parlour, a multi-functional meeting room, a space for a permanent stage, and dressing rooms. Overall, the project will cost in excess of €260,000 and represents a massive boost to the local area, along with supporting jobs in the construction process.
Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary and party leader Micheal Martin have paid tribute to Martin J O’Toole, a former Fianna Fáil TD, senator, and councillor from Louisburgh who passed away this week.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has been informed by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, that Bridget Togher of Knockmoyleen, Ballycroy has been appointed as a Peace Commissioner for the north Mayo area.
Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary is calling upon the government parties and the HSE to commit to the future of day care services at Swinford District Hospital.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring has today been informed by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley that he has approved funding for roads on Clare Island and on Inishbiggle. In relation to Inishbiggle, funding is being provided for 75 per cent of the overall cost of the roads with €45,000 being allocated. In relation to Clare Island, again 75 per cent is being approved for the overall cost of the work and they will be receiving €60,750.
Dissident Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh could find himself as a key member of a new political party in Ireland, but its possible formation depends on a vote facing the Dáil in the autumn.
The rumour mill went into overdrive that an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is tipped to take over a major position in the EU in 2014, after an article appeared in the Irish Independent this week which reported that the Taoiseach is being linked with two top positions—The European Council President and the European Commission President.
Local TD, Denis Naughten questioned Minister Richard Bruton in the Dáil this week on steps being taken to address the loss of up to 230 staff in two important local employers, Alkermes and Covidien.
The Oranmore Railway Station is to open to passengers on Monday July 29 to serve the east of the city and county.