Sligo private hospital bought by Northern Ireland healthcare company

3FiveTwo Group to model hospital on its Belfast-based facility

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352Healthcare company, 3FiveTwo has bought the 19 bed St. Joseph’s private hospital at Garden Hill, Sligo.

The company has stated that they propose to model the facility on the group’s Belfast-based healthcare operations, Kingsbridge Private Hospital.

Sixty staff currently employed at the Sligo centre will be retained by the company

 

McLoughlin welcomes multi-million euro investment in expanding Sligo industry

Fifty new jobs to be created at biopharmaceutical giant AbbVie plant in Ballytivnan

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McLoughlinFine Gael TD for Sligo/Leitrim, Tony Mc Loughlin TD, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD of a €40m investment and 50 new jobs for AbbVie in Ballytivnan.

He said, “AbbVie is creating 50 new jobs and investing €40 million in expanding its operation in Ballytivnan. AbbVie launched in Sligo in 2013 with the creation of 75 new jobs and since that time
the company has gone from strength to strength.

“Sligo has proven to be an excellent location for AbbVie, where they produce drug delivery devices, including a pen-style injector used for a range of auto-immune conditions.

“Today’s announcement by AbbVie is a great example of what is possible in Sligo. We have the skills and the infrastructure to attract multi-national businesses like AbbVie. The site employs a highly skilled workforce specialising in the disciplines of science and engineering, with 80 percent having a third level qualification ranging from degree to Ph.D. level.

“The success of this business is testament to the great people and local businesses in Sligo.

“I would like,” he added, “to commend all of the staff at AbbVie whose hard work has brought this very positive development to pass and I wish everyone involved the very best in the weeks and months ahead.”

Government moving to force through ‘underhand’ water penalties – Sligo Councillor

‘New measures to be included in environment bill’

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Eamon Scanlon 1A local councillor has accused the government of planning to drive through ‘underhand’ laws aimed at penalising water users who don’t pay for the service.

Fianna Fail member of Sligo County Council Eamon Scanlon says the measures are to be inserted in what is known as the Environmental Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, a draft act designed to deal with
issues such as air and chemical pollution.

It is in this; a bill unrelated to water services, that the government is moving to slot the new penalties, claims Scanlon

He said, “The underhand way in which Minister Alan Kelly is forcing through this legislation is typical of the botched manner in which Irish Water was set up.

“The timing of the publication of the amendments is also deeply cynical as it will give little time for the opposition parties to properly debate the issues.”

Under imminent changes, “voluntary housing associations will become liable for water charges, even if their tenants don’t register or pay,” he said.

“This is deeply unfair and has the potential to jeopardise the smooth running of these organisations, and could see them fall foul of huge penalties.  Ability to pay has been an issue that Fianna Fáil has urged the Government to consider – people living in homes run by housing associations are already in a vulnerable financial position and may not be able to afford to pay the new water charges.

“Now the Government is expecting these associations to pick up the tab, putting them in an extremely precarious position.”

He said the latest attempt by the Government to protect Irish Water – a “bonus driven super quango” – was “further proof that it has failed to learn the lessons of the past and is determined to ram through legislation in the Oireachtas. 

“Fianna Fáil will be tabling amendments to try and ensure openness and transparency in the way that Irish Water is going about its business and to put an end to this dishonest way of doing politics.”

 
 

 

ICSA Farming Reports

Sheep farmers angry at price collapse

BSE must not be used to drive down price
Dog-owners urged to act responsibly with their animals

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Sheep farmers angry at price collapse

 

John Brooks, National Chairman, ICSA Sheep Committee
John Brooks,
National Chairman, ICSA Sheep Committee

ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has warned that sheep farmers are angry at the recent price collapse. “Sheep farmers are producing high quality product at a very expensive time of year, and are now being forced to sell at a loss,” he said.

“Prices have collapsed in recent weeks, at a time when farmers could reasonably expect that demand for their product would be at its peak. Spring lamb is at its best, sterling is strong and Ramadan is underway – farmers are understandably angry at the price collapse.”

“Many ICSA members attended the Teagasc Sheep 2015 event in Athenry on Saturday, where they heard very positive stories from meat factories about the outlook for sheep farming, and yet by Monday, there had been another savage cut in prices. Quotes are now down at least 50c/kg on this time last year. There is no doubt that factories are talking down the trade, with many quoting €4.80 and less but paying €5 – we see this as an attempt to instil panic in sheep farmers rather than trying to work with them for everyone’s benefit.

“It is in nobody’s interest to driver farmers out of business, particularly given the reduction in the Irish sheep population. All we are looking for is a fair price that recognises the cost and effort that goes into producing high-quality lamb at this time of year,” he concluded.

BSE must not be used to drive down price

 

Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.
Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has warned that confirmation of a BSE case in Louth must not be used as an excuse to drive down price.

“Farmers have seen a welcome tightening of prices in recent days, and meat processors cannot use this result, an isolated one-off case, as a stick to hammer farmers with,” he said.

“It is likely that the case will have little or no impact on Irish exports, and we don’t expect to see any impact on farmgate prices either.”

Dog-owners urged to act responsibly with their animals

ICSAFollowing an attack in Cork this week which resulted in the deaths of a ram and seven pedigree ewes, ICSA sheep chairman John Brooks has urged dog-owners to be responsible with their animals and ensure that that they are secure at all times.

“All dogs, from cherished family pets to prized working dogs, can potentially cause serious distress and damage if they are not kept under control. Sheep are completely defenceless, and it is absolutely vital that we do all we can to protect them from attack,” said Mr. Brooks.

“One of our members in Cork recently came home to find that eight of his pedigree Zwartbles sheep, a key component of his Clashflock Zwartbles breeding stock, had been brutally attacked and were either dead or near death as a result.”

“I would call on all dog owners to ensure that they do their duty and keep their dogs under control at all times to avoid these horrible scenes.”

 

 

Chairs of South Sligo and Sligo Municipal bodies elected

Bodies have no significant powers

McLoughlin to seek ratification as general election
candidate at party’s selection Convention later in the
year

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Taylor and Healy have been elected chairs of the south Sligo and Sligo municipal bodies respectively.

They will serve for a year.

Neither bodies have statutory powers of any great import.  Some consider them to be little better than parish councils, except that members are paid.

Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin has meanwhile confirmed that he will be seeking selection as a general election candidate at the party’s Convention  in September.

 

Sligo County Council Road and Traffic Report

Report for week commencing 22 June 2015

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SCC OfficesMAJOR WORKS

SLIGO  CITY  AREA:

 N4 Hughes Bridge Widening Contract

Traffic on Hughes Bridge is now reduced to a single lane in each direction.  This will inevitably lead to delays of up to 15 minutes during peak times.   

Traffic signals at junction S9 (Hughes Bridge / Ballast Quay / Custom House Quay) will be out of operation for a period of approximately 3 weeks.  During this time the following will apply:

Southbound traffic may continue straight through junction S9 unaffected.

Traffic exiting Custom House Quay and turning left onto the Inner Relief Road must stop and give way to southbound traffic.

 Temporary traffic signals will be in operation for northbound traffic and traffic exiting Ballast Quay.  Every effort will be made to ensure that the timings of the temporary traffic signals are similar to the existing traffic signals timings.

All of the above will be appropriately signed on-site.

 Sligo County Council: As always, we would urge motorists to exercise caution when travelling across Hughes Bridge but most particularly over the coming weeks. 

We thank you for your continued support and patience.

Full details in relation to this bridge widening contract are available on www.sligococo.ie/hughesbridge

 SLIGO-DRUMCLIFF  AREA:

Local Road No. L-3208-0 Carrigeens, Maugherow

Road works will continue on Local Road number L-3208-0 in Carrigeens, Maugherow. Traffic management will be in operation.  Motorists should exercise caution.

TUBBERCURRY  AREA:

Verge trimming works will commence on the N17 Bellahy to Tubbercurry from Monday, 22nd of June. Traffic control will be in operation with major delays expected. Works will last 7 days.

ENNISCRONE  AREA:

Verge improvement works will continue on the N17 at Temple Manor Estate. No delays expected.

Road Restoration will be carried out in Leaffoney.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Road Restoration will be carried out in Carrowpaddeen.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

BALLYSADARE  AREA:

 N59 in Ballysadare

 Road works will be continuing on the N59 in Ballysadare (between the entrance to Millview Park and theBallina side of the current 60 kph speed limit zone).

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:

A Scaffolding licence has been granted for Ulster Bank, Holborn Street.  Works are expected to last 12 weeks.  Some parking spaces will be lost.  Minimal traffic disruption expected.

A Scaffolding licence has been granted for 12 Knappagh Road, Sligo. Works are expected to last 2 weeks. 2 parking spaces will be lost.

 SLIGO /STRANDHILL AREA:

Road repairs will take place in various locations. Minimal traffic disruption expected.

Gully cleaning will take place in various locations. Minimal traffic disruption expected.

BALLYMOTE  AREA:

Road restoration will be carried out on Local Rd. L-1502 at Carrigans Upper.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Road restoration will be carried out on Local Rd. L-54053 at Bricklieve.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Surface dressing works will be carried out on Local Rd. L-5801 at Clohogue Upper. Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected. 

 Surface dressing works will be carried out on Local Rd. L-1502 at Cloonlurg. Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.

Road restoration and surface dressing works will be carried out on Local Rd. L-1904 at Barroe Upper/Highwood.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

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.

Road Restoration will be carried out in MoneraghTraffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Road Restoration will be carried out in ScurmoreTraffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Road Restoration will be carried out in Carrowcaslan/Laragh.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

Road Restoration will be carried out in Ballymurray.  Traffic management will be in place, minor delays expected.  A 50km/hr speed limit will be in place within the worksite.

 

Government to spur welfare dependent stay-at-home mothers into workforce

“We simply cannot allow our recovering economy to bypass thousands of families who are locked into jobless households: Fine Gael TD

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It looks that stay-at-home mothers are next in line to be spurred off
welfare benefits. The government is reportedly currently drawing up ‘incentives’ to encourage them to instead work for income to the home.

A Fine Gael TD has explained what employment would mean for the mothers reliant on benefits.

“Eight out of ten could earn at least 40% more by finding
employment,” says Catherine Byrne, citing an ERSI report
in support of the claim.

The former Dublin City Mayor also goes on to say that “absolutely
no good can come from families being trapped in welfare dependence down through the generations.

“We simply cannot allow our recovering economy to bypass thousands of families who are locked into jobless households. Jobless households with children tend to lead to more jobless households in the future, in a cycle of intergenerational poverty,” adds Byrne in her statement, posted on the Fine Gael party website.

 

 

 

ICSA calls for extension of farm safety scheme deadline

‘Department giving itself four months to process payments, while some farmers will have less than six weeks to complete the work’

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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 called for an extension to the period for completing work under the TAMS farm safety scheme, given that approval has not yet been confirmed for all applicants.

“ICSA is aware of farmers who have only received approval this week, and of others who are still waiting,” said Mr. Gray. “These farmers are expected to have all work completed by August 31st, which is completely unrealistic at this stage. With so many farmers seeking to get work done in such a short space of time, there will inevitably be an increased demand on local services, which will further exacerbate the situation.”

“We are aware that the money allocated for the scheme must be paid out by the end of 2015, but the Department is giving itself four months to process payments, while some farmers will have less than six weeks to complete the work.”