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

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

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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.

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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.



FLYBE to drop Knock – Birmingham route.

‘Commercial reasons’ for decision, says airport.

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FLYBEFLYBE is to discontinue its passenger service between Knock airport and Birmingham from next March.
The British based low-cost carrier has operated four weekly flights from Ireland West to Birmingham since the route was reactivated in 2013. Its service between Ireland West and Manchester is to continue as normal.

A spokesperson for the airport said the FLYBE decision, understood to be for ‘commercial reasons’, was outside the control of Ireland West and that the airport was already in talks to secure replacement carriers for the Knock to Birmngham route.

The Birmingham region of England, the spokesperson said, was currently well served by Ryanair which operates into East Midlands, a distance of 40 miles from Birmingham.

Speaking at the launch of the FLYBE service to Birminghan at the end of 2013, the company’s head of PR, Niall Duffy said “…given we are already the biggest airline at Birmingham airport, when we learnt of the opportunity to offer the route it was an obvious and natural extension to our network. We look forward to welcoming
thousands of new passengers onto the service and are pleased to be able to step into the breach.”

Minister of State, Michael Ring, welcoming the announcement of the service,  described it as ‘…another possitive development in the year of the Gathering.”

Airport Managing Director, Joe Gilmore said the Birmingham service had long been one of the most established routes from the airport “with over 50,000 passengers using the services each year.”

The spokesperson for the airport said this afternoon that FLYBE is to cease its Ireland West-Birmngham service from 28 March 2015.



Aurivo expanding operations at Ballymote.

Planning sought for major redevelopment of existing
retail shop and stores.

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Aurivo Aurivo, formerly Connacht Gold, is expanding operations with  redevelopment of its stores at Ballymote.

In a planning application to Sligo County Council, the
Co-operative is seeking permission to demolish its existing
retail shop and stores and construct a new 756.8m sq retail
shop and meal store, relocate 2 existing meal silos, erect
yard storage racking, erect bunded molasses storage tank
and erect bunded agri-diesel tank and sales pump in lieu of
existing provision.

Waldron & Associates, Claremorris, are the architects/
engineers for the development, at Woodfield.

Colreavy calls for greater energy price reduction.

‘…falling price of crude oil should lead to lower domestic bills for electricity and gas customers.’

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Michael Colreavy, TD,  Sinn Fein
Michael Colreavy, TD,
Sinn Fein

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has welcomed the reduction in energy prices announced by Bord Gáis Energy and has called on other energy providers to follow suit.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“The falling price of crude oil should lead to lower domestic bills for electricity and gas customers.

“Today’s announcement by Bord Gáis Energy is a step in the right direction.

“At this time of the year the risk of households suffering fuel poverty is at its greatest and price reductions should benefit those most at risk in society.

“The falling price of oil should lead to reduction in what energy companies pay for energy on the international market.

“These savings need to be passed on to the customer.

“Energy companies should also use the low price of oil to fund renewable energy technology so that sustainable prices can be guaranteed into the future.

“I am calling on all energy companies operating in Ireland to reduce their charges for Irish households.”

EU Environment committee votes in favour of mandatory country of origin labelling-Lynn Boylan MEP

Stronger food labelling for processed meats.

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Lynn Boylan, MEP, Sinn Fein.
Lynn Boylan, MEP, Sinn Fein.

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has successfully pushed for the Environment committee to accept mandatory country of origin labelling for processed meat products, despite a concerted campaign from lobby groups against the initiative.

Speaking today from Brussels Ms Boylan, GUE/NGL spokesperson on this report stated:

“I am happy with the outcome of the meeting today. The Environment Committee voted in favour of stronger food labelling for processed meats. Although there is currently legislation which ensures that unprocessed beef is labelled there is none for processed meats – so your steak will be labelled with country of origin but your burger doesn’t have to be.

The horsemeat scandal seriously dented consumer confidence and across Europe consumers have overwhelmingly shown their desire to know where the food they buy and eat comes from. In Ireland up to 95% of consumers want every stage of the animal’s growth accounted for.

The benefits of origin labelling are not limited to consumers it is clear from the number of producers and farmers that have voluntarily opted into the Bord Bia scheme in Ireland, that it has clear advantages to the food industry.

The committee vote today has sent a strong signal to the European Commission that these consumers cannot be ignored any longer. The report calls on the European Commission to come forward with mandatory origin labelling for meat with processed meat as an ingredient and many of my amendments which highlighted the need for more transparency in the food chain were endorsed.

This is an excellent step and I hope the full plenary will follow the example today.”

Talks on outsourcing of Sligo traffic warden service ongoing.

Concern whether privatised service would best serve business and other interests.

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Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council.
Ciaran Hayes, CEO, Sligo County Council.

Talks are said to be ongoing regarding plans to outsource the
provision of the traffic warden service in Sligo.

County Council CEO Ciaran Hayes has recently spoken of proposals to broaden pay and display zones and put more traffic wardens on the streets of the town.

The town currently has two traffic wardens and, it’s believed
a further two are to be appointed. At one point the number
was down to one.

Traffic Wardens are represented by the Impact Trade Union.

Outsourcing of the service has been on the cards for some time,
however, there are concerns as to whether privatisation would
best serve Sligo business and other interests, particularly if it
would lead to higher parking charges and clamping.

It’s understood the council has proposed that privatisation be
introduced as a pilot project, initially for 6 months.

Perry demands restoration of Sligo mammography services.

Letter to Taoiseach, Enda Kenny insisting government reinstate facility.

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John Perry, TD, Fine Gael.
John Perry, TD, Fine Gael.

Sligo-Leitrim TD, John Perry is bidding to have the mammography
service restored to Sligo General Hospital.

The former junior minister has written to Taoiseach, Enda Kenny
and the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar warning that he will be
taking all necessary steps to ensure the government  fulfills its
commitments with respect to the service.

The service was discontinued in 2012.

Mr. Perry is currently in talks with an investor concerning the
possible development of a distillery at the 18th century Hazelwood
House, south east of Sligo town.