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Local reaction to Budget 2013

There has been mixed reaction locally to Budget 2013, which has delivered €3.5bn worth of cuts and taxes which will have an impact right across the board.

Budget 2013 —the breakdown

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Ministers Noonan and Howlin were tasked with reducing the deficit in the country’s finances by €3.5bn in the Budget for 2013.  In their highly anticipated Budget speeches, they emphasised their aim to achieve this in a balanced and fair manner.  This has meant that they have cast the net widely and announced the following measures: 

Cars, houses, students, kids, maternity leave, and old reliables hit in stinging Budget

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HOUSEHOLDS were hit in the pocket last night by a tough budget that included a property tax that will start next July, a reduction in child benefit paymens, increase in student fees, cigarettes and alcohol and further cuts via the PRSI system.

Mayo north Gathering Christmas card now on sale

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With plans for the Mayo north Gathering festival progressing well, organisers are asking local people to avail of a novel way of inviting their overseas friends and relations to the festival which will run from August 1 to 9, 2013. A distinctive Mayo north Christmas card, featuring a picture of a snow covered Nephin and Lough Conn, is now on sale at various outlets throughout the region as well as from the Tourist Office in Pearse Street, Ballina.

Some great hopes for our future on display last Saturday

I cannot recall being as happy for a young bunch of players as I was last Saturday afternoon in Breaffy. Castlebar Mitchels u15s beat their local football rivals, Breaffy, in a pulsating encounter and in dreadful weather conditions. Most of the lads from both teams are great friends as many of them attend either St Gerald’s or Davitt College and play school football together. Winning this particular title was huge as the bragging rights would be of enormous importance when they returned to school after their mid-term break. Breaffy have several classy players at this level, testament to their solid work over the last number of years developing their underage structure, and they gave their all over the 60 minutes. But it was the Mitchels who deservedly prevailed on this occasion. They led from gun to tape and doggedly held on to the end for a magnificent victory. While reluctant to highlight individual performances at this level, Mitchels’ team captain, Rhyne Collins, was a tower of strength at no 6 and his 80 metre run from deep in his own back line in the closing minutes to lay on a match winning goal was truly inspiring. It reminded me of a young James Nallen in his heyday. I am absolutely convinced that many on view last Saturday will don the Green and Red in the very near future.

Solar Taxi @ The Factory

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WATERFORD ELECTRO-POP band Solar Taxi release their debut album, Broken Brother’s Secret Bells, tomorrow, and they play The Factory, Abbeygate Street, tonight.

Vote with your feet with fuel buying

There is nothing like rising prices to convince people that they are being ripped off. I found this out again this week on the thorny subject of rising fuel prices.

Vote with your feet with fuel buying

There is nothing like rising prices to convince people that they are being ripped off. I found this out again this week on the thorny subject of rising fuel prices.

Vote with your feet with fuel buying

There is nothing like rising prices to convince people that they are being ripped off. I found this out again this week on the thorny subject of rising fuel prices.

The man who said ‘Good day’ to Harvard

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The south Bostonian, James Brendan Connolly, was once described by Joseph Conrad as the ‘best sea-story writer in America’. He wrote 19 novels and short stories about ships and sailors at sea, the US navy, submarine patrols in World War I, and the heroic struggles of the Gloucester fishermen on the treacherous Grand Bank and Nova Scotia regions hunting for cod and halibut.

 

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