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Students from GMIT Castlebar, CCFE, and Sligo IT united together on Wednesday to stage a rally against cuts to student grants and an increase in college fees. The crowd gathered at GMIT Castlebar before departing to the Taoiseach's office.
Up to 2,000 students from across Mayo are still waiting for their grant applications to be processed by the new centralised student grant system, SUSI, which was set up this year by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD. As many as 50,000 students nationwide are still waiting for their grants, which is resulting in students being forced to drop out of college because they cannot afford to pay rent or fees.
Two Castlebar town councillors have called for the introduction of legislation following the death of a Westport dentist at University Hospital Galway on October 28.
Councillor Thérèse Ruane said that Sinn Féin is calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming Referendum which will take place on Saturday November 10.
Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane is calling on the people of Castlebar to get out in support of the Ballyhea Bondholder Bailout Protest Group who will be marching in Castlebar on Saturday next. Since March 2011, this group have marched every Sunday without fail in Ballyhea, a small rural Cork village, to show their opposition and outrage at the indebting of the Irish people following the bank bailout.
Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane will bring a motion on the issue of marriage equality before the next meeting of Castlebar Town Council. The motion calls for the same rights and entitlements for civil marriage for all citizens regardless of race, religion or sexuality and this viewpoint to be communicated to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed confirmation that an application for Raheens Wood outside Castlebar was successful in being selected under the NeighbourWood Scheme. The recently re-opened NeighbourWood Scheme is a forestry-support initiative to assist communities to create their own 'close-to-home' woodland amenities. The Minister of State for Food Safety, Forestry and Horticulture, Shane McEntee, recently visited the woodland area to view the site with the Taoiseach following the recent opening of new Coillte offices in Castlebar.
Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane is calling for the establishment of a national diaspora centre and has identified the former military barracks, Castlebar, as an ideal location.
At last night’s meeting of Castlebar Town Council it was expected that the council would formally begin the process of taking over two major housing estates in the heart of the town.
Sinn Féin councillor Thérèse Ruane has welcomed new proposals by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to make cycle safety training a part of the school curriculum for seven and eight year olds in primary schools accross the State. The RSA Road Safety Strategy is also considering proposals to make the wearing of helmets for children under 13 years compulsory, a timely and welcome move according to Cllr Ruane who is chairperson of Smart Travel Castlebar.