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Female garda arrested in Sligo Drugs investigation.

Garda and man detained at a Sligo garda station.

Sligo News File Online.

A female garda has been arrested in Sligo and is being questioned
in connection with drug-related activities.

The woman, in her 30s, and a serving member of the gardai based
in Dublin, was detained with a man in the town at 6.30 pm testerday.

It’s understood the two are being questioned at Ballymote garda
station.

Government forced into climb down on LEADER issue – Liadh Ní Riada.

‘…changes, proposed by former Minister Phil Hogan, and carried on by his successor Minister Alan Kelly, would have been disastrous for the local and rural development sector.

Sligo News File Online.

Liadh Ni Riada, MEP, Sinn Fein
Liadh Ni Riada, MEP, Sinn Fein

Speaking from Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland’s South constituency Liadh Ní Riada gave a cautious welcome to the government’s climb-down on its proposed changes to the
LEADER rural development programme.

“The letter sent to LEADER stakeholders by the Department just before the Christmas break show a partial climb down by government on its proposed changes to the LEADER scheme.”

“I have seen the letter, and it does detail some positive amendments to the proposed changes to the administration of the scheme which were due to come into effect this year.”

“I have been very clear that the changes, proposed by former Minister Phil Hogan, and carried on by his successor Minister Alan Kelly, would have been disastrous for the local and rural
development sector. These changes would have seen local authorities take control of the LEADER scheme.”

“In November I brought a delegation of key stakeholders to Brussels to meet with the European Commission, where we registered our firm opposition to the changes, and highlighted the many
contradictions and problems within the Government’s plans.”

“Soon after our meetings in Brussels, the Commission sent a long list of questions to the Government, seeking answers and clarifications, and pointing to serious discrepancies in their plans. I am glad to
see that finally the Department is getting around to addressing some of these.”

“That said I remain sceptical given the mess that the Government have made of the whole Rural Development Programme application, and I will be keeping a close eye on developments.”

“It’s important to point out that this whole debacle has led to further delays in rolling out the entire Rural Development Programme, which amounts to some €4 billion in European funds. Rural communities and farming families are facing delays in crucial payments and the companies and workers that have built sterling international reputations in the roll-out of LEADER are facing uncertain futures.”

“Alan Kelly and the Fine Gael-Labour coalition need to sort this mess out, and in the meantime secure interim funding to keep these companies above water and rural development officers in jobs.

Debt beleaguered Sligo Council reportedly looking to motorists to help with its finances.

More traffic wardens and broadening of pay and display zones on the way.

Sligo News File Online.

Motorists are reportedly down to play a significant role in helping debt beleaguered Sligo County Council stabilise its finances.

According to accounts, Chief Executive, Ciaran Hayes told this week’s meeting of the council that he sees parking fees as one way to bring in revenue needed to reduce the authority’s roughly €150 million debt load.

Among the measures he apparently outlined is a plan to broaden pay and display zones and put more traffic wardens on the streets of the town.

He is also said to have stressed that there will be greater attention paid to illegal parking and pay and display in the town during 2015.

The council is reckoned to have raked in upwards of €2 million in parking charges in the last year.

 

 

 

 

SLIGO LIVE REGISTER REVEALS HIGH NUMBER OF JOBLESS.

County has suffered major loss of industrial, service and retail activity under Coalition.

Sligo News File Online.

Despite widespread emigration of families and young people from Sligo records show there are still upwards of 4,600 on the Live Register for the area.

The county has suffered under the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition with a major loss of local industrial, service sector and retail activity.

Young people, many of them refusing to become part of a growing dole queue, have, with families, moved away to look for work in other countries.

Of the number currently on the dole, 2,765 are male and 1,835 female.

The existing working population includes many in low end, relatively poorly paid occupations.

Rural areas of the county are also set to be further depopulated under government measures, which, according to the IFA, provide that only young qualified farmers will be able to obtain EU payments and subsidies, without which it will be virtually impossible for farm owners to survive.

Meanwhile, the government is bringing forward its goal of full employment by 2018 – two years earlier than its previously announced deadline. This will include a target of creating 40,000 new jobs this year, the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny has said. However, Finfacts Business News Centre says Kenny has got his sums wrong by about 60,000 on the increase in employment needed to offset jobs lost during the recession.

As to Sligo, Ballymote-based former junior minister for small business John Perry has said he is in talks about plans to establish a whiskey distillery at Hazelwood House. This follows the launching of a brewery – the White Hag Brewing Company – in Ballymote in 2013.

 

 

SLIGO HUGHES BRIDGE DOWN TO SINGLE LANE FOR NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC.

Lane closure to facilitate on-going hydro-demolition works.

Sligo News File Online.

Hughes Bridge, Sligo 1Sligo County Council has informed motorists that Hughes Bridge will be reduced to a single lane for northbound traffic with effect from lunchtime today, Thursday 15th January. The lane closure, says the authority, will remain in place throughout the weekend and possibly into the early part of next week.

‘The closure will remain in place during the morning and evening peaks in order to facilitate the on-going hydro-demolition works. Accordingly, motorists should allow additional time for delays
during these periods.

‘As always, Sligo County Council and L&M Keatings will endeavour to minimise the effects of the works and we thank you for your continuing co-operation and patience,’ the statement adds.

REPORT SHOWS INCREASED OUTPUT NOT ALWAYS GOOD FOR FARMERS.

‘…an increase of 13% in beef production resulted in a paltry 1% rise in the value of beef exports…’

Sligo News File Online.

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

ICSA president Patrick Kent has said that the 2014-2015 Bord Bia Export Performance and Prospects report clearly demonstrates that increased output does not always translate into good returns for farmers.

“As we see from these figures, an increase of 13% in beef production resulted in a paltry 1% rise in the value of beef exports, showing that increasing output has been of little value to the economy, and has actually had a negative effect for many farmers. While output increased by 13% last year, beef prices fell by an average of 11%, a completely unsustainable price drop.”

“Bord Bia themselves admit in this report that beef consumption was sluggish across most markets last year, yet farmers are constantly being told that they need to increase output. ICSA is adamant that any future food production strategy must focus on profitability as opposed to increasing output, and these export figures further reinforce that view.”

 

 

On the Agenda – Meeting Municipal District West Sligo, Tubbercurry and Ballymote.

‘Give Sligo attractions full recognition’ – Lundy.

Sligo News File Online.

At the next meeting of the west/south- west Sligo Municipal District Council Councillor Jerry Lundy (FF) is to ask that ‘full recognition be given to the many wonderful attractions Sligo has, including the long running festivals and events that take place each year in the South, East and West of the County’

Councillor Joe Queenan (FF) wants the County Council to extend public lighting to the Castlecove, Frankford Close, Ocean View, Pebble Beach estates in Enniscrone.

Cllr. Margaret Gormley (Ind) wants the county council to install speed ramps in Gurteen View Estate, Gurteen, and to seek to have the childrens’ community playground in Tubbercurry reopened.

Cllr. Dara Mulvey (FG) is to call for a safety issue at the pedestrian crossing outside SuperValu on Main St., Tubbercurry, to be investigated.

The meeting of the council is being held in the Sligo Folk Park, Riverstown at 11 am on 16 January 2015. It is open to the public. 

 

 

 

Youth Guarantee report shows government is failing young people – Reilly.

‘…government has still not kept to the EU Council Recommendation…’

Sligo News File Online.

Sinn Féin Senator and Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Kathryn Reilly has articulated her criticism of the Irish government’s implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme.

Speaking on the Trade Union report issued today on the scheme, Senator Reilly stated:

“It is a worrying report in that it has highlighted the inadequacies of the Youth Guarantee’s implementation by this government and that it has brought to the surface particular areas where the government is failing our young people.

“One particular issue which I have previously raised, and which is again brought up in this report, is that the Irish government has still not kept to the EU Council Recommendation that calls for offering a quality job, a traineeship, an apprenticeship, or continued education to all unemployed young people aged 18-24 within four months. In some instances it is eight to nine months before one of the above measures is proposed.

“With close to a quarter of Ireland’s young people unemployed, the report has highlighted that for those who do manage to secure an offer of employment, “the quality and type of contract offered… is rather bad, as well as the remuneration received”.

“On previous occasions I have stated that if we are to properly address youth unemployment, we must provide timely and adequate intervention, this must be combined with greater trade union involvement in the implementation and evaluation of the Youth Guarantee as called for by SIPTU in the report.

“Sinn Fein has previously highlighted problems facing Ireland’s youth in our report, ‘Youth Matters: Not for Export’ which contained Sinn Fein’s analysis of critical youth issues and the Youth Guarantee. I am again calling on the Minister for Social Protection to review the implementation of the Youth Guarantee and also to address current issues with those who have limited or no access to the programme, such as young people with disabilities, single parents and carers.”