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  • RoadWork

    €8.5 Million for Regional & Local Roads for Sligo

    I am delighted that my Independent Alliance colleague Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. has today confirmed details of the Regional and Road Grants Allocations for €8,457,172. I am pleased that this funding has allowed for an 11.5% increase in the Restoration Improvement Grant with the Restoration Maintenance Grants being continued at the 2016 level for all counties. Minister Ross said that allocations to local authorities will see an increase of about 9% in 2017. The priority this year is safety and the support of job growth in local areas. Therefore the continued maintenance of the existing road network coupled with major rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements is […]

  • School Lollipop

    Additional School Wardens

    I recently raised the issue at a Sligo County Council meeting of the need for additional School Wardens for the Sligo town area. I’m delighted to report that Sligo Co Co now hopes to fill these positions shortly. For more info please see Ocean FM News Report. Oceam FM Article

  • Illuminate Herstory

    Illuminate Herstory & Nollaig na mBan Event

    As part of the Illuminate Herstory Festival and in celebration of Nollaig na mBan, artist Emma Stroude will be exhibiting a series of drawings at City Hall, Sligo. She has worked extensively on portraiture of women from recent Irish history who have made a significant and positive difference to the lives of modern Irish women. The aim of her work is to reignite a presence of these women, some lesser known, to highlight their legacy and to contribute to new conversations on the stories of their remarkable lives. On Friday evening at 6.30pm Emma will be giving a talk about the development of her work and the lives of the […]

  • Marie Casserly

    Sligo Going Forward

    2017 will be a big year for Sligo as we continue to punch above our weight taking on the title as European Volunteering Capital. Thank you to the army of different types of volunteers who care for our community and those that need their help. I have been astonished and delighted to see that there is a huge amount of good work taking place across County Sligo. Sligo as European Volunteering Capital is a major opportunity for Sligo to project itself not only in Ireland but also in Europe and further afield as a holiday destination and as a quality of life region to live, work, study and invest in. […]

  • Grass

    Call for Increased ANC Payment

    That Sligo Co Co call on the Department of Agriculture for on increased ANC Payment, as my understanding is that there could be a considerable underspend (possibly in excess of €100m) in the Rural Development Program (budget of €580m) which I am asking be now paid out to farmers in the form of a second Areas of Natural Constraint Payment (ANC). This money would go some way towards covering losses farmers are now experiencing through poor market prices and increased costs resulting from poor weather this summer/autumn and Brexit related issues. It is my understanding that there could be a considerable underspend (possibly in excess of €100m) in the Rural […]

  • Almost in Sligo

    Pope Francis to visit Ireland

    In December 2015 I tabled a motion which called on Sligo County Council to invite Pope Francis to visit Sligo during his trip to Ireland for the World meeting of Families which will take place in 2018. I spoke on Ocean FM this morning regarding this matter and outlined why I feel it would be beneficial to the region. My Motion Ocean FM News Report

  • Irish Rail

    Irish Rail Survey

    Can everyone please take this survey. It takes less than 10 mins **IRISH RAIL STAKEHOLDER SURVEY** Here’s an opportunity to have your say on how improvements can be made to the Irish Rail Service. Include your opinion on price of tickets, extra carriages at the weekends, heating on trains, wheelchair accessibility, use of disused railway lines etc.. You can complete the online survey here which will take no more than ten minutes of your time. If you would prefer to return it in hard copy, please do so to: Corporate Communications Department, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Amiens Street, Dublin 1. Online Survey

  • Coffee Morning 2

    MS Coffee Morning – City Hall

    I was delighted to host a coffee morning in support of the MS Northwest Therapy Centre in City Hall Sligo. I am extremely grateful to everyone who supported the event, from the musicians to those who supplied cakes and treats. Thanks to all who attended, through your support we managed to raised over €580 which will directly support this worthy cause in Sligo.

  • Web Summit 5

    Web & Surf Summit

    There are over 4,400 people working in the tourism industry in Sligo and it’s worth €96m to the local economy, so promotion of the North West as a tourism destination is vital to the overall success of the region. The Surf Summit took place in the seaside town of Ericeira on Portugal’s west coast, 35 km from Lisbon, at Ericeira’s World Surf Reserve, one of two in the globally. Some of the biggest names in surfing were there for the weekend speaking about the importance of surfing to the tourism industry in the region and also of the importance of preserving and protecting our coastlines for future generations. There was […]

  • Sligo Kempton

    Sligo – Kempten Student Exchange Program

    I was delighted to formally welcome three teachers from Fachakademie in Kempten to Sligo last week. Sligo College of Further Education has established a partnership with the Vocational College based in Kempten, Germany, twin town of Sligo. This partnership is funded through the Erasmus+ programme and will see an exchange of PLC students between the two colleges for work experience purposes. The three teachers who visited the college last week, made preparations for the first exchange students who will visit Sligo in February and conduct their work experience in local creches throughout Sligo. This partnership will further strengthen the close ties which have been established between the two towns in […]

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