News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
South Antrim U.U.P. M.L.A., Danny Kinahan, has described changes to how individual school budgets are calculated each year as an “attack on schools.”
He said the latest announcement that huge numbers of schools would be receiving less money following a revision to the Common Funding Scheme would have a “devastating impact.”
He said: "Using this year's figures as a benchmark it is clear that when the changes are brought in from next April the cuts will be severe.”
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
Crossmaglen Councilor Terry Hearty has been appointed by his Sinn Fein colleagues on Newry, Mourne and Down District Councils to represent them on a finance working group that will oversee the amalgamation of the two councils’ finances as part of the Review of Public Administration (R.P.A.).
Following his appointment, Councilor Hearty said he intends make every effort to ensure the amalgamation puts as little burden on the ratepayer as possible.
“This is a huge task so there is a lot of work to be done to get a full picture of the finances of both councils,” he said.
“It’s imperative that this task is carried out with the greatest attention to detail, especially when you consider that issues like fixed assets, outstanding loans and the capital spend over the next few years will dictate future rates.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
Carlow’s classrooms are among the most overcrowded in the country.
According to figures released two weeks ago, a quarter of Carlow’s primary school pupils are squeezed into “supersized” classes of over 30 children or more, while a whopping 90 percent of Carlow pupils have to struggle in classes that are greater than the E.U. average.
The alarming figures have prompted the teachers’ union in County Carlow to call on the government to stop slashing funding for our schools.
“Teachers are not surprised at the figures; they have been working under those circumstances for a long time,” stated Joe McKeown, I.N.T.O. executive for Carlow/Kilkenny.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]
Killeshandra has a wonderful new home for community activities after a stunning new center opened two weekends ago. The town’s vibrant spirit was in evidence on Saturday evening, September 14, as hundreds of people rushed through the doors upon the cutting of the tape to take in the full glory of the fabulous hall.
The impressive $540,000 complex is testimony to the hard work put in by many people to ensure this new facility became a reality.
The official opening and cutting of the tape was performed by 92-year-old Francis Magarahan and four-year-old Lauren Nulty.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
Clare County Council is a finalist in the 10th annual Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (C.P.D.) Employer of the Year Awards for 2013-14.
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