Government decision to rewrite the Proclamation ‘a bad joke’ – O’Snodaigh

‘The Proclamation belongs to the people of Ireland and this government, nor any other, has any right to rewrite it’

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Aengus O'Snodaigh, TD, Sinn Fein party spokesperson on Social Protection and Communities
Aengus O’Snodaigh, TD,
Sinn Fein party spokesperson on Social Protection and Communities

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the government’s new programme of events to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Rising describing it as a marked improvement on what the Government had previously announced albeit late in the day.

He said the proposal to rewrite the Proclamation is a bad joke and a serious mistake by the government.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh is attending the launch of the Government’s programme of events in Collins Barracks this evening.

Speaking before the event he said;

“The Government has been under serious pressure, and rightly so, since the debacle of the launch of its commemorative video last November.

“The document launched this evening is a welcome start. It is a marked improvement on what went before it, albeit late in the day.

“I also welcome the decision by the cabinet today to buy the Moore Street Monument. I hope this will be the first step in a process that will see the whole terrace preserved and developed into a 1916 Revolutionary Quarter.

Proclamation“The proposal to rewrite the Proclamation sounds like a bad joke. This is a serious mistake by the government and it has already received a sizable backlash on social media.

“The Proclamation belongs to the people of Ireland and this government, nor any other, has any right to rewrite it.

“Rather than looking for a new proclamation the government should be working on the implementation of the original.

“A strong commitment, with plans and targets, for the full implementation of the Proclamation would be the most appropriate way to commemorate the Centenary of the Rising.”

Signatories of Easter Proclamation

Perry wants Eircom to upgrade Dromore West broadband

Householders having difficulty in accessing service

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Former junior minister for small business John Perry is calling on Eircom to assess broadband facilities in Dromore West.

He said local householders are experiencing difficulty in accessing internet use, especially at peak times, as a result of problems with the village located Eircom owned broadband exchange.

“The exchange,” he said, “appears to be overloaded and householders have experienced a reduction in service. Some are getting no service at all.

“This in 2015 is unacceptable and I ask that an immediate assessment of the network be carried out and upgraded urgently until such time as high speed broadband is rolled out under the National Broadband Plan.”

He said the NBP is under way and “it is anticipated that the first homes and businesses will be connected in 2016 and connections will continue thereafter, with the intention of having all premises connected within a 5 year period.”

 

Government fund could benefit local museums – McLoughlin

Scheme will allow for funding of small capital projects

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Tony McLoughlin, TD, Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, TD,
Fine Gael, Sligo-Leitrim

Fine Gael TD for Sligo- Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has welcomed new funding for museums under a scheme announced this week by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Heather Humphreys TD.

The Local and Regional Museums Scheme will allow for the funding of small capital projects. A total fund of €150,000 is being made available for suitably qualified museum development projects.

“The Local and Regional Museums Scheme is a key source of funding for small and medium sized museums. We have an excellent museum in Co. Sligo and this funding could support it to stage exhibitions, promote and market the museum as tourism resources in their locality or region.

“Museums play a vital cultural and educational role within our communities. They are the guardians of our heritage and it is vital that we continue to support them. The funding provided under this Scheme over the past few years has allowed these museums to continue to enhance their exhibitions and premises which in turn improve the cultural offering of the local communities they serve.”

Sligo-Leitrim TD welcomes changes to EirGrid plans

‘Encouraging to see underground cabling being proposed as option for part of project’
‘EirGrid must look for undergrounding option in the case of the North-South Interconnector’

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Michael Colreavy, TD,  Sinn Fein, Sligo-Leitrim.
Michael Colreavy, TD,
Sinn Fein, Sligo-Leitrim.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed EirGrid’s announcement that pylons will not be erected in the north east but has expressed disappointment that there has been no changes to the north-south interconnector plans.

Deputy Colreavy said:

“I welcome the changes in plans for electrical transmission in the south east of Ireland from the use of pylons to updating the existing infrastructure.

“This is a welcome relief for residents of that region who have expressed serious concerns about the impact that pylons could have on their community.

“I also welcome the public consultation process that will be embarked on by EirGrid in relation to the Grid West project.

“It is encouraging to see that underground cabling is being proposed as an option for part of this project.

“However, it is disappointing to see that there have been no changes made to the North-South Interconnect project.

“It had previously been stated that the undergrounding option for the North-South Interconnector was not an option due to technical concerns.

“From the proposals for the Grid West project we now see that this is a possibility.

“EirGrid must look for an undergrounding option in the case of the North-South Interconnector.”
 

Government disposes of ministerial Gulfstream jet

Aircraft purchased by US company for €462,000
Inter-departmental group to see if Coalition needs a replacement
New jet would cost upwards of €40 million

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A government jet ministers used for visits around the world has been sold to an US buyer. According to reports it needed more repairs than the state could afford.

A Department of Defence spokesperson said the aircraft was disposed of four months ago for €462,000.

The question of a replacement is up for consideration – this is being looked into by a government inter-departmental group. A new model would cost up to €40 million.

Meanwhile, ministers have a Learjet on standby for travel on all those trade missions and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations abroad.

Aircraft similar to government Gulfstream IV Jet
Aircraft similar to government Gulfstream IV Jet

 

 

ICSA REITERATES OPPOSITION TO OVERHEAD POWER LINES

‘Farmers adamant new power lines should not and need not be overhead’

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Billy Gray, chairman,  ICSA National Rural Development Committee.
Billy Gray, chairman,
ICSA National Rural Development Committee.

ICSA rural development chairman Billy Gray has reiterated the association’s view that power lines for EirGrid’s proposed North South, Grid Link and Grid West projects must go underground.

“We do not accept EirGrid’s position on the North South project,” said Mr. Gray.

“If undergrounding can be considered for Grid Link and Grid West, then it should also be an option for the North South interconnector.

“Farmers are adamant that new power lines should not and need not be overhead.

“There are many advantages to undergrounding of power lines, including lower transmission losses, lower maintenance costs and less risk of weather damage. They also require narrower bands of land for installation and result in fewer accidents such as live wire contact injuries.

Overhead power lines“ICSA is calling on EirGrid to reverse its position on the North South project and to actively consider underground options for all future expansion projects.”

EU-US Trade pact will carry a heavy cost for jobs, rights and regulation – Tóibín

‘A deeply dishonest and secretive agreement drafted in the interest of big business alone’
Government sought Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism ‘should be cause of alarm for citizens, policy makers and businesses alike.’

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Speaking ahead of yesterday’s presentation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) by EU Trade

Peader Toibin TD, Sinn Fein.
Peader Toibin TD,
Sinn Fein.

Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to Oireachtas member’s, Sinn Féin Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has accused the government of pursuing an agreement that will cost dearly in terms of sovereignty, worker’s rights and decent regulation in multiple areas.

 He said:

“Political sovereignty is central to Sinn Féin. We believe that Irish people should determine the future of Ireland. Not bondholders, not bankers, not developers, not London nor Brussels or Berlin and certainly not the proposed Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism attached to the EU/US trade agreement currently under negotiations.

“This quasi and covert judicial system supplants existing robust domestic, European and international laws that provide thenecessary protections for investors. Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has actively sought and openly called for the ISDS mechanism to be attached to the TTIP agreement and this should be a cause of alarm for citizens, policy makers and businesses alike.

“TTIP is damaging and will cost dearly in terms of sovereignty, worker’s rights and decent regulation in multiple areas. Big question marks remain around the inclusion of public services including public procurement; state owned enterprises and exactly what services are included in the negotiations.

“It is my firm view that where opportunity exists with regards logical and practical work to make transatlantic trade more accessible and there are clear evidence based benefits to Ireland on such specific areas of trade these opportunities should be pursued.

“However this is not what TTIP seeks to achieve. It will fundamentally undermine sovereignty, public services, hard won workers’ rights and regulations. At its core this is a deeply dishonest and secretive agreement that has been drafted in the interest of big business alone.”
 

Sligo County Council Road and Traffic Report

Week commencing 30 March 2015

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Sligo Road Sign

MAJOR WORKS:

SLIGO  CITY  AREA:

N4 Hughes Bridge Widening Works.

In order to facilitate the installation of the upstream beams, together with other planned excavation works, evening and night time closures are scheduled as follows:

Scheduled evening/night-time road closure:

Sligo Inner Relief Road, from its junction with Lord Edward Street (junction S7) to its junction with Markievicz Road (junction S10), will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 19:30 hrs on Tuesday 31st March  until 07:00 hrs. on Wednesday 1st April 2014.

Southbound diversions will be via Markievicz Road, The Slip, Connaughton Road, Lake Isle Road, Bridge Street, Thomas Street and Pearse Road to Carraroe Interchange.

Northbound diversions will be via Wine Street (i.e. turning right off the Inner Relief Road at junction S7), Hyde Bridge and Markievicz Road and re-entering the N4 at junction S10.

Motorists wishing to access the Finisklin / Ballast Quay area will be permitted to travel along the Inner Relief Road as far as junction S8 (Inner Relief Road / Finisklin Road) before turning left onto Finisklin Road.

Traffic approaching Hughes Bridge from Ballast Quay will be diverted via Pirn Mill Road, Finisklin Road and the Inner Relief Road.

Temporary Lane Closures.

Temporary lane closures will be required to allow for the excavation of trenches for traffic signal ducting.  Lane closures are expected to be in place during the following dates and times:

• From 7:30pm on Monday evening 30th until 7am on Tuesday morning 31st March
• From 7:30pm on Wednesday evening 1st April until 7am on Thursday morning 2nd April
• From 7:30pm on Thursday evening 2nd April until 7am on Friday morning 3rd April

During these times, traffic along Hughes Bridge will be reduced to one-lane in each direction.

Full details available on www.sligococo.ie/hughesbridge

N17  WORKS – ENNISCRONE  AREA:

Templemanor Estate – N17
 
Verge improvement works will be carried out on the N17 at Temple Manor Estate. Traffic lights will be in place. Minor delays expected.

N59  WORKS  –  ENNISCRONE  AREA:

Drainage works will commence on the N59 at Lugawarry/Lugnadeffa. Traffic Management will be in place and minor delays can be expected.

TUBBERCURRY  AREA: 

Drainage works will continue on the R294 at Lough Talt. Traffic control will be in operation with significant delays expected.   

BALLYSADARE  AREA:

Road works will be continuing on the N59 in Ballysadare (between the entrance to Millview Park and the Ballina side of the current 60 kph speed limit zone), expected completion date is June 2015.

Associated traffic delays should be expected over the course of the contract duration.

Sligo County Council and Gerald Love Contracts will endeavour to minimise the effects of the works where possible and regret any inconvenience which may be caused.

MINOR WORKS:

SLIGO  CITY  AREA:

Footpath works will continue at Lynndale Estate, Maugheraboy.  Works expected to last 2 weeks.

A Hoarding and Scaffolding Licence has been granted for Penney’s Store at No. 16 O’Connell Street, Sligo.  Pedestrian access will be maintained.

A Scaffolding Licence has been granted for Pearse Road (a property across from the Mercy Primary School), Sligo.  Pedestrian access will be maintained.

Scaffolding Licence has been granted for Gilroy Gannon Offices in Stephen Street, Sligo.  Pedestrian access will be maintained.

SLIGO/STRANDHILL AREA:

Fencing repairs are to be carried out on the N4 Dual Carriageway south of the Carraroe Interchange. No delays are expected. Work expected to last 3 days

BALLYMOTE  AREA:

Pothole repair and drainage works will continue in the Ballymote area. Traffic control will be in operation. Minor delays expected.

ENNISCRONE  AREA:

Pothole repair works will continue in the Enniscrone area. Traffic control will be in operation. Minor delays expected.

Drainage works will continue in the Enniscrone area. Traffic control will be in operation. Minor delays expected.

Drainage works will commence in the Ardnaglass area. Traffic Management will be in operation. Minor delays expected.

TUBBERCURRY  AREA:

Pothole repair works will continue in the Tubbercurry area. Traffic control will be in operation but no delays are expected.