News from around the Irish counties
(Source: The Offaly Independent)
Planning permission was granted for 78 new dwellings and 26 other premises in County Roscommon in the first quarter of this year. Planning permission was also granted for 36 extensions and eight alteration projects, giving a total of 148. The new projects represent a total of 36,000 square meters. Nationally, planning permission was granted for 10,256 houses in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 13,301 in the first quarter of 2008, a decrease of 22.9 percent.
(Source: The Roscommon People)
In what has been described a "dire" financial situation, Sligo County Council is facing an overall budget deficit of €2 million this year. Concern has been expressed that this will lead to further job losses or the introduction of a short-time week for some workers, though officials have stressed that there are no immediate plans to do so, with a ' day to day review' taking place. The revelation came at last Monday's monthly meeting at County Hall, where it emerged that the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has reduced further the Council's General Purpose Grant by €565,210, or 3.22 percent as a result of the recent Supplementary Budget.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
In what has been described as an "economic tsunami", forty seven people have lost their jobs over the last six to eight months with South Tipperary County Council. The stark financial situation, which was outlined by County Manager, Ned O'Connor on Monday last, has led to savings of almost 5 million euro being required for the remainder of the year.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
A local police chief has pledged to help Killen residents who wish to set up a community organization aimed at tackling anti-social behavior in the area. Dungannon based PSNI Inspector, Stephen Moneypenny, said he would be “more than happy” to meet with people living there and hear their concerns. Inspector Moneypenny was responding to a number of reports about criminal damage and burglary, among other incidents, which have been carried in this newspaper over recent months.
(Source: The Tyrone Times)
Ownership of handguns by individuals is to be severely restricted and those already in possession of guns will have to reapply to keep their weapons thanks to Waterford’s Deputy John Deasy. The Criminal Justice Miscellaneous Bill, which is expected to be signed into law next week, will also mean that the ultimate discretion over licensing will lie with the Garda Commissioner and anyone maintaining their license will be required to become a member of a registered target shooting club.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)
As primary schools across the county break up for the summer holidays, Midlands Regional Director for Order of Malta Ireland, John Walsh, has called for families to make sure that all young people are made first aid aware, which he said could help to save lives. The call was made at the launch of the annual ‘Be First Aid Prepared – Accidents Happen’ campaign, which is run by leading first aid antiseptic, TCP in conjunction with Order of Malta Ireland. The campaign aims to encourage families to be prepared for accidents that may occur in and around the home and garden during the summer – statistically the time of year when most accidents will happen.
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