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West Mayo councillors will not stand for sharing a director of services

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In as emphatic terms as they possibly could say it last Monday a number of councillors from the West Mayo Municipal District said they would not stand for the area not having a stand alone director of services to look after the area when an upcoming reshuffle and appointment of two new full time directors of services is completed by Mayo County Council.

Durcan says he will get issue raised in the Dáil

Independent councillor Frank Durcan has said that he will raise an issue in the Dáil that he was unable to raise in Mayo County Council after he was “muzzled” by the council.

Rabbitte to ensure voice of Portumna is heard

Galway County Council’s newest councilor Anne Rabbitte has vowed to ensure that the voice of Portumna is heard in the council chambers.

Funding of €254,400 for community organisations in Mayo

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has confirmed that a number of community and voluntary groups in Mayo have benefited from fresh funding awarded by the Department of Health from the Department’s National Lottery Fund.

NUI information officer appointed to TG4 board

Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has announced the appointment of eight members to the Board of TG4 including a new chairperson for the Board and among the appointees is Press & Information Officer at NUI Galway, Michelle Ní Chróinín.

Durcan accuses Mayo County Council of being a corrupt planning authority

Fiery Independent councillor Frank Durcan became involved in a war of words with top council officials, not for the first time, at Monday’s Mayo County Council meeting. The Castlebar auctioneer, in a notice of motion, called for a special meeting to be held to discuss “the inconsistency of planners, architects and director of services in dealing with planning applications.”

Tensions heighten over councils’ plans to purchase Imperial Hotel

Political tensions are heightening over the decision by two local authorities to purchase the derelict Imperial Hotel in Castlebar. Fine Gael Minister of State Michael Ring has responded angrily to Labour town councillor Harry Barrett who told the Westport deputy last week to “butt out” of the Imperial Hotel purchase in Castlebar, which has become the centre of political wrangling.

Kilkenny hosts day of action for arts and culture

Today Friday September 17, is National Day of Action for Arts and Culture and arts organisations in Kilkenny city and county will be taking part in a bid to highlight the importance of the arts to the local economy.

Campbell to resign council seat in January

Sinn Féin’s sole member on Castlebar Town Council, Councillor Noel Campbell, is to resign his seat after the authority’s January monthly meeting.

FF’s Caulfield campaign launch

Fianna Fáil’s John Caulfield has launched his election campaign in the Swinford electoral area. A native of Kilmovee but now living in Kilkelly, a town starved of council representation since the 1960s, John’s campaign launch was well attended with endorsements from outgoing MEP Sean O Neachtain, Senator John Carty, Dara Calleary TD and former ICMSA President Pat O’Rourke.

 

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