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McLoughlin to raise farmer concerns with Minister for Agriculture.

Hopes to meet Coveney as soon as possible.

Sligo News File Online.

Tony McLoughlin, TD
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Fine Gael TD, Tony McLoughlin is to meet with Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney to discuss issues affecting  farmers in the north west.

A number of matters were identified in a meeting he had with an IFA delegation from Sligo and Leitrim, including difficulties
with respect to the Glas payment scheme, suckler cow prices
and the new Department of Agriculture commonage plan.

Agriculture, he observed, is the backbone of the western economy,
and farmers are currently under pressure.

He hopes to raise the concerns with Coveney as soon as possible. 

 

 

Flybe confirm airline dropping Knock-Birmingham flights.

Waterford – Birmingham and other destinations also being wound up.

Sligo News File Online.

Flybe Purple 2014Flybe has officially confirmed that it is to discontinue flights between Knock and Birmingham – according to the airport, the service is to cease with effect from 28 March 2015.

Paul Simmons, Flybe Chief Commercial Officer, said the airline has
“a disciplined approach to the routes it operates, which means we
continually review our network to ensure that we offer the right
choice of destinations and level of frequency required for our
customers.

“As part of such a recent review, we have decided to cease our
flights to Hamburg, Knock, Oslo, Perpignan, Toulouse and
Waterford.”

Mr. Simmons said passengers who have booked to fly on these
routes will be contacted and offered an alternative flight or a full
refund.

Flybe, said Mr. Simmons, “sincerely apologise for any inconvenience
experienced as a result of this commercial decision.”

Ireland West has stated that Flybe flights between Knock and
Manchester are to continue as normal.

Flybe, UKs No.1 domestic carrier, commenced its Knock-Birmingham service 14 months ago, on 27 October 2013, with passenger numbers of 30,000 annually. The company’s Knock-Manchester flights kicked off on 30 October 2011. 

 

FF Leader meets Sligo business at ‘Showcase Creative Expo’ at RDS.

FF Leader meets Sligo business at ‘Showcase Creative Expo’ at RDS.

Fianna Fail Leader, Michael Martin, pictured last week with Martina Hamilton, Director of Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, at Showcase, Ireland's Creative Expo at the RDS. Deputy Martin was visiting some of the exhibitors at the event, including leading Irish designers and manufacturers. Picture courtesy Conor McCabe Photography.
Fianna Fail Leader, Michael Martin, pictured last week with Martina Hamilton, Director of Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, at Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo at the RDS. Deputy Martin was visiting some of the exhibitors at the event, including leading Irish designers and manufacturers.
Picture courtesy Conor McCabe Photography.

A binge drinking epidemic has been sweeping across the country over recent years – Kelleher.

‘Research has found that there are almost twice as many deaths in Ireland due to alcohol, than for all other drugs combined.’

‘Frightening statistics that the Government is doing very little to address.’

Sligo News File Online.

Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail spokesperson on health.
Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fail spokesperson on health.

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health, Billy Kelleher TD has accused the Government of bowing to pressure from big business instead of focusing on public health, following a dramatic u-turn on banning alcohol sponsorship of sports.  Instead of implementing a full ban, as had been promised in the Programme for Government, the Minister for Sport has vetoed the move, which will now be scrapped.

Deputy Kelleher commented, “The failure of this Government to live up to yet another promise is another indicator that it was never fully committed to the proposal in the first place.  Alcohol abuse is something that affects every community across this country.  According to Alcohol Action Ireland, 18-24 year olds have the highest incidents of harmful drinking, with 75% of this age group
drinking to excess.  The research also found that there are almost twice as many deaths in Ireland due to alcohol, than for all other drugs combined.  These are frightening statistics that the
Government is doing very little to address.

“A binge drinking epidemic has been sweeping across the country over recent years, due to the availability of cheaper alcohol and an increase in people drinking at home.  Unfortunately this
Government has shown no leadership in tackling the problem.  We need to encourage younger people to engage in activities which are not focused around alcohol; however the intrinsic links between alcohol sponsorship and sports events makes it almost impossible to separate the two. 

“We should be promoting sports as an alternative to alcohol, but stadium, kit and team sponsorship by alcohol companies makes that task increasingly difficult.

“In 2012, then Junior Health Minister Róisín Shortall committed to phasing out the advertising of alcohol in conjunction with sporting events.  It now appears that that plan was shelved as soon as she left the Department.  Next week a Cabinet sub-committee is expected to sign off on legislation which will see alcohol sponsorship of sporting events maintained.  Minister Leo Varadkar’s claim that he would include an “enabling clause” for a ban has been found to be just another empty promise in a long line of climb-downs and u-turns, and ultimately will do nothing to address the scourge of
alcohol abuse which is fast becoming a national crisis”.

 

FLAT-RATE BEEF STOCK PAYMENT OPTION MUST BE EXPLORED.

‘ICSA has always favoured a payment based on carcase quality.’

‘Latest meat industry stunt, a €3/head quality assured bonus, insult to farmers.’

Sligo News File Online.

ICSA Beef Chairman, Edmond Phelan
ICSA Beef Chairman, Edmond Phelan

ICSA beef chairman Edmond Phelan has said that the option of flat-rate payments for stock at the various grades must be explored at the next meeting of the beef roundtable on February 4th.

“Many farmers are now calling for this option and it needs to be on the table for discussion,” he said. “ICSA has always favoured a payment based on carcase quality, but the current scheme has become so complex as to be almost unworkable and has been hijacked by factories to drive down payments to farmers.

“The latest meat industry stunt, a €3/head quality assured bonus, is an insult to farmers, and will do nothing to alleviate the situation. Grading and quality assurance are two separate issues, but factories have been using one to manipulate the other.”

Thousands of nurses face being released from duty over non-payment of registration fee.

‘Told they will be taken off register for failure to pay increased charge’ – O’Moore.

Sligo News File Online.

Dublin City councillor and Sinn Féin representative Ciarán O’Moore has called on the Tánaiste Joan Burton to clarify the social welfare payments available to nurses who have been told they will be released from duty for non-payment of the requested retention fee of €150 to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

Cllr O’Moore said:

“Thousands of HSE nurses who have paid the €100 euro registration fee to NMBI have been told they will be taken off the register and prevented from working as nurses due to their refusal to pay the absurd and unjust fee increase to the NMBI. As an elected
public representative I am appealing to the HSE to do its utmost to prevent this imminent catastrophe, where thousands of nurses willbe let go from their jobs bringing the fragile health care system crashing to its knees.”

Public toilet to ease pressure on visitors to north Mayo capital.

Councillors to debate options at coming week’s meeting of district council.

Sligo News File Online.

Pic. of BallinaBallina is hoping to bring relief with a public toilet for
visitors to the area.

A local councillor has said the town cannot seriously
pursue the development of the tourism industry without such a facility.

The growing pressure is to culminate in a debate during a meeting of the Municipal District Council next Thursday where a number of
options are down for consideration, one of them the possible use of business flushes in exchange for a cut in the commercial rate.

However, a caller to Sligo News File Online has suggested that a simple solution elected members could consider is to throw open to the public the toilets in the town’s county council offices, an imposing building at Arran Place, where staff would be available to keep toilets and wash facilities clean and hygenic.

Wonder if they have looked at this?

 

 

 

Planning permission sought for major €7.5 million Robinson Library.

Centre to focus on scholarly research and education in fields of human rights and women’s leadership.

Sligo News File Online.
 
Mary Robinson 1Mayo is finalising plans for the construction of a major €7.5 million
library to house the presidential archive of  former President and
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary
Robinson, a native of Ballina.

The library, located in the house, overlooking the River Moy, at
Emmet Street in which she was born, will form the centrepiece for
the new centre, and house her vast collection of books and periodicals, her personal diaries, working  files and records of her career as a champion of human rights and women’s equality.

Planning permission for the development is being sought under a
Part 8 local authority provision. The proposal includes the
refurbishment and restoration of Mrs. Robinson’s family home,
and construction of a three-storey annex to accommodate the
Robinson collection.

Mrs. Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland, and later
served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She founded and served as President of Realising Rights: The Ethical Globalisation Initiative (2002 to 2010)

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Obama,  she is a member of the Elders, former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid.

Currently, she serves as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation
– Climate Change. She has been UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change since July 2014.

The redevelopment of the house, a protected 19th century Georgian structure, is expected to take 18 months. It is set to open to the public in late 2016 or 2017.