Property repossessions are happening on a daily basis in the North West, according to a spokesman for the Land League Gerry O’Boyle.
His comments follow an incident where eight security workers were allegedly injured during the repossession of property in Strokestown last week.
O’Boyle said the eviction was not an isolated incident and is occurring across Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has called on financial institutions and vulture funds to cease what he called “the draconian act of forced eviction.
He said: “The unfortunate scenes at a Roscommon farmyard over recent days were reminiscent of something from the turn of the century. Nobody wants to see families being dragged and beaten out of their homes by security personnel.”
The ICSA, he added, is at the forefront of dealing with people in debt and has seen a sharp rise in the number of people seeking help with their efforts to restructure their debt issues with their lenders.
“Violence at farm gates is not the answer; meditation is the only show in town and ICSA are here to assist farm families who are making a genuine effort to honour their commitments, he said.
Many doctors and nurses say they will not participate in killing infants in the womb.
Sligo News File.
The waiting list for hospital beds is growing ever longer, indeed so bad is it that last Wednesday for example 38 patients had to be left on trollies in Sligo.
However, things look set to become more demanding as Harris, the Health Minister bids to include abortions among the services at the country’s already crammed hospitals.
Infant killing facilities are being rolled out from January despite warnings that more time is needed to get the gruesome programme in place.
Some GP’s and nursing staff have already signalled their outright opposition to the killing of infants in the womb, vowing not to have anything to do with it. But there appears to be little respect for the genuinely held conscientious objection of doctors with warnings from Harris that where unwilling to participate they must refer a pregnant woman seeking to abort her baby to a medic willing to do the job.
Harris has announced that he is planning to introduce exclusion zones to stop protests outside abortion centres.
Many small towns and villages are struggling to survive.
Rural broadband shifted to slow lane.
Sligo News File.
Tubbercurry-based Basta is understood to be back in business following a reported purchase but the job situation for the North West remains as bleak as ever.
A few enterprises have established bases in Sligo, one of them believed to be a call centre. However, the wider region continues to struggle with no great prospect of major new business emerging.
Smaller towns and villages are seriously lacking with many commercial premises already closed.
The government’s current focus is seen to be on the expansion of recreational facilities in which relatively modest allocations are being made. Publicity surrounding the funding is glossing over the absence of government investment in job-creating activity.
It is reckoned that it will be years before places such as Sligo attain the industrial and service sector status once enjoyed by the region. At present, significant industries being attracted to the country are locating mainly in the country’s capital, Dublin.
The much promised high-speed broadband for rural areas of the country appears to be back in the government’s slow lane. Local TD Marc MacSharry has said the development must represent value for money for the taxpayers. He has also submitted that the department must assess the “cost and analyse all options,” something which
could delay the rollout still further.
Sligo Leitrim has some four TD’s, two of them – Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon – Fianna Fail, one Fine Gael, Tony McLoughlin and one Sinn Fein Martin Kenny.
EU prohibits State from adopting rules which require insurance companies to obtain prior insurance pricing approval.
Sligo News File.
The EU bans the State from setting the price for motor and other insurance products, according to the Minister for Finance.
Pascal Donohoe said in reply to a written parliamentary question that neither he nor the Central Bank can interfere in the provision or pricing of insurance products, “as these matters are of a commercial nature, and are determined by insurance companies based on an assessment of the risks they are willing to accept.
The position “is reinforced by the EU framework for insurance which expressly prohibits Member States from adopting rules which require insurance companies to obtain prior approval of the pricing or terms and conditions of insurance products. Consequently, I am not in a position to direct insurance companies as to the pricing level or terms or conditions that they should apply in respect of particular categories of drivers or vehicles,” he added.