Government rural reinvigoration fund well short of what is needed, say ICSA.

‘Towns and villages devastated by complete withdrawal of supports.’

‘€60 million annually taken from area payments of rural communities.’

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A €10 million rural Fund recently announced by Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys will do next to nothing for rural regeneration. That’s according to

Seamus Sherlock, Chair, ICSA National Rural Development Committee
Seamus Sherlock,
Chair, ICSA National Rural Development Committee

the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association who have said that while the allocation is welcome “, further and on-going investment …is needed to keep the lights on in rural communities.”

Seamus Sherlock, chairman of the organisation’s rural development committee, said, “Anyone who travels the back roads of Ireland can see first-hand the devastation inflicted on towns & villages by the complete withdrawal of supports to these areas over the last decade.”

“To put it in context, the cut to the ANC (formerly Disadvantaged Area Payments) has taken over €60 million per annum out of rural communities,” he said.

Rural“Our view is that we need to get more funding into rural areas as quickly as possible through as many routes as possible. Farmers are renowned for reinvesting their profits back into their farms, and this has a positive effect on local business & employment thus keeping rural Ireland alive,”

The ICSA, he said, is now calling for a full reinstatement of the ANC payment to previous levels as well as “a more worthwhile package for reinvigorating rural villages,”

Contract for Sligo cardiac catheterization laboratory still hasn’t been put out to tender

Saolta says further work to be carried out on procurement process.

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A bulletin from Tony McLoughlin suggests that there is little hope of the much promised cardiac catheterization laboratory seeing the light of day in Sligo any time soon.

Tony McLoughlin, T.D. Fine Gael, Sligo - Leitrim
Tony McLoughlin, T.D.
Fine Gael, Sligo – Leitrim

The Fine Gael TD has circulated a letter in which the Saolta Hospital Group states that it cannot give a date as to when the tender for the service will be progressed, adding “…it will be the last quarter of 2016 at the earliest.”

There has been no comment from the current Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris.

TDs elected to deliver for the area include McLoughlin; Marc MacSharry and Eamon Scanlon, both members of the government backing Fianna Fail party, and Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein. All four are currently on a three month holiday from the Dail.

Aurivo submits application for change of use at Sligo Dairy facility

‘Incompleted application.’

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Aurivo Co-operative is seeking planning permission for change of use of part of its vacant Sligo dairy facility at Barnasraghy, Strandhill Road.

According to the application, the proposed development includes:

(a) Demolition of existing compressor plant, pumphouse, buildings, gatehouse, loading bay, porta cabin, disused silo, reservoir tank, effluent tank and septic tank. (Gross Floor Area (GFA) c. 403 sq.m.); B) Change of use of existing reception building to ancillary offices (GFA c. 150 sq.m); C) Change of use of existing processing area to open plan office, conference room, two single occupancy offices, storage and staff facilities (GFA 525 sq.m). D) Change of use of external areas for storage of building equipment, machinery and plant; (e) Construction of new fence and gate to existing vehicular entrance on the southern end of the site. (F) Construction of new entrance foyer located at the North Elevation connecting proposed offices (GFA c, 40 sq.m); (G) Recladding of North, South and West elevations of existing cold storage unit. (H) Upgrade of existing treatment system and percolation area. (I) All associated ancillary development, including revised boundary treatment to front (west) of the site, hard and soft landscaping, signage, site works and

The submission has been ‘invalidated’ as ‘incompleted application.’

Derisory €40,000 for Sligo job creation.

Concern as well over withdrawal of both Blue Flag and Green Coast Award from Enniscrone.

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Sligo is out of luck again after it was awarded only a minor allocation for job creation.

JobsThe government apparently could only find a paltry €40,00 to fund the development of new employment in the county.

Representatives of the main government party Fine Gael and government backers, Fianna Fail, will be greatly disappointed if they expect much public welcome for the trifling sum.

Meanwhile, concern is growing in the West of the county where, for the second year in a row, the Blue Flag has been pulled from Enniscrone 1Enniscrone after the beach failed to meet the bathing water quality requirements for the award. The resort has also lost its Green Coast award. The water quality requirements for the grant of the Green Coast Award are greatly lower than those for the Blue Flag.

Views abound about the source of contaminants feared to be affecting the waters of the bay, and the impact the loss that the flags is having on the area’s appeal and economic activity

The resort’s Ocean Sands is expected to reopen soon, following a fire at the hotel.

‘Muslims who come into country never work and do not want to work’ – Councillor

‘I don’t take back a bloody word of it.’

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A local councillor has apparently stirred up a right old barney after reportedly telling a meeting of his area’s Municipal District that 98% of Muslims entering Ireland did not want to work.

Cllr. Seamus Treanor, Ind.
Cllr. Seamus Treanor, Ind.

According to the Northern Star newspaper, Independent member of Monaghan County Council Seamus Treanor made the remark as members of the body agreed to send a letter of condolence to the
French Ambassador following the slaughter of 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.

Joining in the expression of sympathy, Cllr. Treanor reportedly referred to the deportation earlier this month of a man identified by gardai as being involved in recruitment for the Islamic State.

He stated, said the report, “At last our Government has woken up to the danger of the Islam movement to western society.

“Apparently, they all want to come here but show absolutely no respect for our laws or culture.”

The councillor seemingly targeted “Amnesty International and other left-wing parties for making excuses for these families,” stating that if Muslims who came into the country did not like their way of life they should be escorted to the nearest airport and helped to leave the country.”

He is said to have claimed that Ireland’s welfare system would be stretched further by Muslim immigrants, adding that “98% of Muslims who come into this country never work and do not want to work.”

The report states that Cllr. Treanor went on to mention legislation introduced by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton in 2012 which had cost women who had taken time out from the workforce to raise their families €40 per week in their pensions.

The situation was scandalous “when you see people walking into our country who contribute to nothing and have their hand out for everything.”

Another report quoted Cllr. Treanor as saying in defence of his observations, “I don’t take back a bloody word of it” and that he had statistics showing Denmark had let in “30,000 of them and five years later 99% were on the dole.’

Members of Sinn Fein are understood to have denounced the councillor’s comments as “sectarian and inflammatory.”