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    Waste Water Treatment Plants in Grange, Tubbercurry, Ballinafad and Strandhill

    Please find below correspondence from Irish Water re’ my motion dated 4th JULY requesting a status upgrade of the position in relation to the Waste Water Treatment Plants in Grange, Tubbercurry, Ballinafad and Strandhill.

    Since becoming a Councillor in 2014 I have regularly requested updates and investment in the upgrade of these treatment plants in particular Grange Waste Water Treatment Plant. The upgrade of Grange Waste Water Treatment Plant in particular has been due to take place for many years including periods from the mid 2000s when significant central government funds were available to carry out the work, but the urgent upgrades did not take place then.

    In 2015, following a request for progress details, Irish Water informed me that the upgrades would take place in early 2016. In the most recent correspondence from Irish Water (attached) they now state that these works will take place in early 2017. I will continue to keep the pressure on until these works are carried out.
    I have once again proposed a motion for the September meeting of Sligo Council Council to continue this pressure to have these necessary works carried out by Irish Water.
    Motion for September Meeting:

    ‘That Sligo Co Co call on Irish Water to ensure that local tanks and treatment plants in Grange, Cliffoney and Mullaghmore be desludged regularly into the waste-water sludge treatment facility at Sligo Wastewater Treatment Plant. And to call on Irish Water to provide a definitive timeline for the upgrading of the Waste Water Treatment Plants at Grange, Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Ballinafad.’



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    Leaving Certificate Results

    I wish to congratulate all Leaving Cert students who will receive their results today. It’s a fantastic achievement to get this far, and enjoy your day with family and friends. Not every student will get offered their first choice but there are many opportunities to follow your chosen career path. There are more courses available than ever now and there is often more than one way for the young person to get to where they ultimately want to be job/career-wise. You can still get where you want, you may just need to take a different path.

    There are many progression opportunities available to every Leaving Cert student, whether it be pursuing a third level course, repeating the Leaving Cert, taking a year out to work or travel, or doing a one year Post Leaving Cert Course (PLC). Also, there are now a choice of new apprenticeships in insurance, accounting, ICT and financial services among others, available to school leavers. So there are many options available for young people today.

    Students who are not satisfied with the marks they got in one or more of their Leaving Certificate results can appeal those results to the State Examinations Commission. Before you make the decision to appeal your result(s), you may view your examination script and then make your decision. This can be arranged by contacting your school. Students who have applied to view scripts may bring a second person, normally a subject teacher or parent, with them.

    Now, for those who have applied for third level courses, Round One offers are available from next Monday the 22nd August from 06:00 am online, also issued by post, e-mail and text. Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record. Monday 29th August is the Round 1 acceptances closing date. My advice to students who receive an offer is to accept this offer even if it is not their first choice. They may get their first choice in Round two but if a student does not achieve the required points they may not get any other offer. Accepting an offer at this stage does not mean that you will not get another offer in subsequent rounds.

    On Monday the 1st of September, Round 2 offers available from 06:00 online. Monday the 7th September is Round 2 Acceptances closing date. The 14th October is when the offer season ends.
    If you do not receive an offer from the CAO, you can check out the list of vacant places on the CAO website under the heading “Available/Vacant Places”. These are programmes which have not received sufficient applicants to fill the number of places on offer from the college in question. People who have not applied to the CAO may make an application online for a vacant place. If you have applied already, you simply go into your record in the CAO website and place the vacant course at the top of your CAO application list (free of charge). Applicants for available places must meet the normal entry requirements for the course in question.

    The list of vacant-place courses will continue to be published on the CAO website www.cao.ie over the coming weeks, and for as long as course places continue to be on offer.

  • 1.5 Metre Rule

    1.5 Metre Rule – Sligo City Hall

    My Speech in Sligo City Hall

    Last year, we in Sligo County Council had Staying Alive Cycling safety stickers placed on all Council Vehicles and I would like to thank the staff of the roads department for agreeing to be part of this campaign.

    This 1.5 metre rule helps to create an environment of safer cycling across the board giving cyclists a 1.5 metre cushion when being passed by a motorist. It is also a great piece of legislation to educate the public about how much space to leave when safely passing a cyclist. Furthermore, enacting the 1.5 metre safe overtaking law would also serve back up the Road Safety Authority’s recommendation.
    This message now forms part of our rules of the road where 1.5 metres is referenced for the first time followings meetings with the RSA. (It’s on page 53) and states ‘It is recommended that you give extra space (at least 1.5 metres) when overtaking a cyclist, as they may need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles’.

    The campaign itself is moving on nicely and there are early talks of a bill for Minimum Passing Distance Law (MPDL) in the Dáil currently.
    I wish to pay particular tribute to the man behind this entire campaign Phil Skelton in Wexford and he is now rolling out a ‘See the Person, Pass with Care’ project where various pull-ups of local cyclists are now being displayed in public buildings and businesses around County Wexford.
    This initiative is done in an effort for other road users to see cyclists as REAL PEOPLE, not just another object or obstacle on the road. REAL PEOPLE, who just like you and me, mean literally the world to their loved ones and would like to get home safely to them.

    It is my intention to roll out this project here in Sligo also.

    Most importantly though is to remember that this is all OUR campaign, a campaign for each and every person who currently cycles or is too scared to do so, a campaign which will add a protective layer to encourage children to cycle to school, more female riders to cycle, to truly help make cycling a more pleasant and inclusive activity and transport form.

    Thank you.

  • Marie Casserly

    Streedagh Councillor still making political waves

    IT’S been a year of highs and lows so far for Independent County Councillor Marie Casserly. However this month will see her take the chains of office as Mayor of the Sligo Municipal District. She spoke to Grace Larkin about her first two years in politics and her plans for the year ahead:
    Marie Casserly made history in her native Grange when she became the first woman from the area to be elected to Sligo County Council in 2014. She will make history for a second time as the first person from the area to serve as Mayor of Sligo. Despite the fact that Grange has had three Cathoirleachs of the County Council, Eugene Gilbride, Willie Farrell, and Patsy Barry and Maugherow had Joe Leonard, owing to the reform of Local Government in 2014 which saw the abolition of Sligo Borough Council and the creation of two Municipal Districts, it will be the first time that a sitting councillor from Grange could serve as Mayor of Sligo.
    “It is an honour to represent the people of Sligo and I’m hoping to represent Sligo an awful lot more for the next year. I’m hoping to be very busy and to put Sligo on the map as much as possible,” said Cllr Casserly.

    “I feel that in Sligo and the North West there is a well of untapped potential. It’s a potential that can be harnessed with all the different agencies working together but there must be proper resources.

    “I welcome ideas, suggestions and thoughts on what can be done to make Sligo move towards a real and meaningful recovery. Throughout the course of the year I will be inviting members of the national Government to discuss issues relating to our towns and county recovery in conjunction with seeking contributions from everyone who calls Sligo home we are all stakeholders in our town and area all entitled to be heard,” she said.

    It’s been a busy two years since Cllr Casserly’s election. “I’ve got to know an awful lot more people and I’ve met some really good people along the way who are doing a lot of work behind the scenes. There’s a lot of hardship out there that nobody sees and that’s really opened my eyes to what’s going on. There is also a lot of positive work going on in relation to promoting Sligo and I’d hope to link in as many of the agencies as possible. Together we will move Sligo forward. Now with the Independent Alliance in the coalition Government I’m hoping that Sligo will be more on the radar in relation to Transport, Tourism and Sport and in relation to Education and the promotion of apprenticeships especially with Sligo IT, which is such a brilliant facility to have on our doorstep,” said Cllr Casserly.

    This year saw Cllr Casserly attempt to claim a Dail seat within the Independent Alliance. However, on this occasion it was not to be. “I thought it was an opportune time. I felt we haven’t had proper cabinet representation from Sligo over the last 30 years and I just felt that now was the time to go and try and make a difference and see if that was possible but unfortunately this time it didn’t work out. The constituency was a lot bigger it stretched into West Cavan, South Donegal. They were 18 candidates so it was a combination of things. I’m just two years as a politician this week as well. I’m not in it long enough I suppose. People decided to go with party lines. People are quite traditional still. I think that has to be respected too,” she said.
    Sligo Municipal District members decided to adapt the D’Hondt Method when selecting a Mayor. The system which is based on proportional representation meant “there weren’t any deals done, it was just on taking turns on the amount of votes you get and you can’t get any fairer than that.”
    So what lies ahead for Cllr Casserly’s term in office?

    “2017 is a big year for Sligo because we have been chosen out of a number of European cities as the European Capital for Volunteering. It’s a fantastic tribute to all the volunteering that does take place in Sligo. It’s been going on for years so it’s a just reward for all the work that is going on by the volunteers. I’m on the board of the Sligo Volunteer Centre and they are a fantastic board and they do great work in public and behind the scenes as well. That’s 2017 so I’ll still have six months as Mayor and I intend to promote Sligo more.” she said.
    Another area Marie intends to focus on is her work with charities. “I’d hope through different social media campaigns that I could promote charities as much as possible. They will have access to City Hall if they want to promote anything or to launch any event. I do a good bit of work with charities already so I know how hard it is for charities that are doing really worthwhile work to get money and attention as there are so many worthwhile charities out there so I’ll help and support anybody as much as possible.”
    One of her main aims is to see the establishment of an annual event to replace the Fleadh. “I’d be hoping to get a significant event for locals to enjoy because as we saw at the Fleadh it’s as much about entertainment and enjoyment for local people. I think there is a huge gap there and it’s waiting to be filled and to be exploited positively. People have enough problems, it’s nice to have an event to look forward to,” said Cllr Casserly.

    She also praised Sligo IT and St Angela’s for their wonderful role in making Sligo an educational centre of excellence and added that she hoped to assist in Sligo IT’s bid for University status in any way she can.

    Although a busy year lies ahead, Cllr Casserly will relish her new role.
    “I’m really looking forward to the year. I’m on a career break and I hope to give as much time as possible and I’ll work as hard as I can for Sligo town and county. I think we have been bypassed for a lot of years and I will make no apologies whatsoever in looking for funding for projects. I don’t think we have had nearly enough of it. If we had some proper investment over the years we would be in a lot better position that we are. But having said that we have to work with what we have. But definitely I’m not going to be sitting on my laurels. I’ll certainly work as hard as I can for the county that I love.”

  • Tesco

    Casserly Calls on Sligo County Council to Support Tesco Workers

    Independent Councillor Marie Casserly is calling on Sligo County Council to support a recent Labour Court recommendation which calls on Tesco Ireland to desist from forcing significant wage cuts on large numbers of staff.

    Casserly argues that these cuts are unfair and unnecessary given that the company is currently showing an increase in revenue to over €2.5 billion over the year to the end of February.
    Tesco Ireland, whom currently employs up to 14,500 workers in 149 stores in the Republic of Ireland, does not publish its Irish profits but sources suggest that the company generates up to €250 million euro in profits from its Irish operations annually.

    Casserly believes these cuts will adversely affect those within the firm who can least afford it, with 1,000 staff member being informed that their wages are to be reduced by over 15 per cent.
    Staff at 70 of the company’s stores are due to go on indefinite strike from Monday next (16th May) having been balloted for strike action by the Mandate trade union. Mandate has suggested that staff are entitled to a 2 per cent pay rise based upon reported profits, and not a pay cut as is being argued by Tescos..
    Casserly believes that Sligo County Council should side with the employees and support them given that the firm is generating healthy profits from its Irish operations.

  • Public Health Notice

    County Wide Campaign – Dog Owners

    “I propose that Sligo County Council initiate a county wide campaign to highlight the need for dog owners to clean up after their pets in all public places including beaches, footpaths, streets, public parks and playgrounds.”

    Most dog owners are responsible and do clean up after their pets and they are frustrated by dog owners who do not clean up after their pets as it gives all dog owners a bad name.
    The main reason for dog fouling laws is because dog faeces is unhygienic and a health hazard. Not only is dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and smells nasty, it also causes a mess if you step in it, cycle through it, push a wheelchair or mobility scooter through it. If you don’t realise you’ve stepped in it, there’s a good chance you will carry it and spread it in public places and buildings, your place of work or home. On top of everything else it’s extremely anti-social and can lead to toxocariasis in humans. Toxocariasis causes serious illness and even blindness.
    Signs are now being distributed to community groups around the town and county to remind dog owners to clean up. Thanks to Environment section for these signs.
    It’s a specific offence under the Litter Pollution Act and Litter Wardens, Waste Enforcement Officers, Traffic Wardens, Beach Lifeguards can issue a fine of €150.
    Bags and pooper scoopers are widely available in pet shops and supermarkets.

  • Sligo Waves

    Casserly Calls for County Recreational Strategy

    Independent Councillor Marie Casserly is calling on Sligo County Council to provide the necessary resources to commission and implement a County Recreational Strategy in partnership with relevant agencies and interest groups. A Sligo Recreation Forum could be established to approve the strategy and oversee its implementation as a countywide entity to include community representatives, entrepreneurs and providers of recreational and tourist services along with a range of State agencies.

    Marie believes the implementation of such a strategy would provide for strong socio-economic growth within the Sligo area, and further enhance the county’s tourism offering by building upon initiatives like the ‘Adventure Capital of Ireland’ programme. Such a strategy would bring countless jobs and investment to our county, and therefore contribute to a reduction in unemployment.

    According to Casserly the successful implementation of such an initiative would lay the foundation for the building of ‘active, healthy, safe and successful community groups’ within the area and help inhabitants of Sligo become more aware of our exceptional natural environment.

    In an era where mental health services are severely underfunded physical activity indicates a marked improvement in mental and physical health of active participants. Studies show that exercise and physical activity can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent relapse.

    She believes Sligo County is the ideal candidate for such a strategy, and with collaboration with the successful Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership, and other agencies capture and realise our unique potential in terms of promoting outdoor tourism and a healthy work life balance.

    The Recreation Strategy will set out a framework for the further development of recreation amenities in the county to meet the expectations and interests of the residents of Sligo and neighbouring counties, north and south. As we progress in developing these amenities along the agreed roadmap, Sligo has the potential to attract many thousands more visitors from the rest of Ireland and internationally. In this way, the recreation strategy can boost economic development and jobs in Sligo and can best achieve this terrific potential as part of an overall Sligo Tourism strategy.

  • Road Flooded

    €4 Million for Road Damages

    Good news and well done to Engineers and Roads Department as Sligo County Council secures €4M for road damages after December storms.
    However, a lot more funding is needed for the repair and upkeep of Class 3 roads that have been neglected countrywide over the years.

    Official Press Release
    Additional Roads Funding for 2016
    The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport has this morning advised Sligo County Council of an allocation of €4M for repair works on roads to address the damage arising from the severe weather in December 2015.
    This allocation is in response to funding applications made by Sligo County Council Roads and Transportation section in recent weeks. It is intended that the works to be prioritised under this funding allocation are repair works in respect of roads, bridges and drainage and also preventative works to address flooding on roads particularly those roads which have been subject to repeated flooding in recent years.

  • Thank+you

    Thank You

    Thanks everyone who gave me their number one vote, to my campaign team who worked tirelessly to cover this huge constituency and for all the good wishes and messages of support. I do believe the North West and all our childrens’ futures is worth fighting for. Let’s hope the next government will not forget us.

  • Casserly Against Election Posters

    Casserly Against Election Posters

    Numerous Tidy Towns groups have in the past stated that they oppose the erection of election posters, following the example of Cobh in Cork, Glenties in Donegal and Swinford in Mayo.
    During the local elections I decided not to go with posters, and to erect 20 4ft x 4ft roadside signs. I intend to do the same this time round, recycling the road signs from the local election. I don’t intend on saying one thing and doing the complete opposite.

    The significant cost associated with the printing of posters, as well as the effort in getting them up and removing them after the election could be better spent on other means of marketing. Storms, like Imogen, passing over our shores as I speak, will no doubt, cause significant numbers of the posters to become detached from their cable ties, representing a hazard to pedestrians and traffic.

    I would suggest we follow the example of some of our European counterparts and ban election posters, apart from in small designated areas. This would ensure that the proliferation of posters around the constituency would be limited, the amount of money wasted on posters would be minimised, and the clean up afterwards would be eliminated. This money could be spent on other very worthy causes.

    The established parties spend millions of euro of public money on election campaigns and Independent candidates are at a significant disadvantage, as they do not have access to any funding.

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