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The scandal of upward-only rent reviews needs to be brought to an end and the Government must introduce legislation that takes account of these changed economic times.
A number of legal challenges to the granting of planning permission for the construction of a number of sections of the Corrib Gas pipeline were settled by the High Court yesterday.
The Mayo branch of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) has voiced its anger at the Department of Agriculture on its failure to commence payments on the Agri Environment Options Scheme (AEOS). But there was confirmation this week that the payments for 2010 will be released in two weeks time, later than the July and August deadlines initially outlined.
Deputy James Bannon has blasted Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey for doing a “complete U-turn” on €17 million plans announced just two months ago to upgrade roads across Westmeath.
According to Westmeath County Council councillor John Dolan, some 70 per cent of all fatal accidents occur on local roads. Yet Noel Dempsey has abandoned plans, announced just two months ago, to upgrade roads around the country in a move which will inevitably cost jobs and could cost lives as a result of further blackspot accidents, Cllr Dolan warns.
Something very unusual took place last Sunday at the Gaelic grounds in Limerick. A Munster final without the Cork or Kerry club champions’ involvement. I cannot ever recall a Munster club final taking place without at least one of the big guns from either county being involved. As I drove to Dublin last Monday evening I listened to the footballers and management team from two rural villages give their own account of the historic victory that they pulled off the previous day over the Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane. But then the achievements of the people of Dromcollogher/Broadford are many: the Organic Horticultural College and special needs residence built on land donated by the community, the renovation of the local church, the local history book produced by the local FETAC training group, the deep links between the local schoolchildren, farmers and the Bóthar project. The community was primarily responsible for bringing a factory to the town to create further employment and keep young people in the area. All of these highlight the tremendous sense of community and activism that permeates throughout these two rural villages. Such community triumphs prove that unified voluntary efforts can achieve much in towns where salvation is needed.