News from around the Irish counties
Source: Donegal Democrat
Personal injury claims from Newry and Mourne have cost Roads Service more than £81,000 in the past year. The figure comprises both legal costs (£34,300) and compensation payments (£46,757.48). Despite this being a significant reduction from the year before, local Assembly member Dominic Bradley has described the management of Personal Injury Claims as ‘deeply disturbing’. The Newry and Armagh MLA have now called for a complete overhaul of the compensation process. “The Department of Regional Development (DRD) paid out a whopping £4 million across the north last year, nearly half of which went on legal fees either to the claimant’s solicitors or to government legal advisors in the Departmental Solicitor’s Office,” he said. “It is more akin to the accounting procedures of Mr. Micawber in the Charles Dickens novel ‘David Copperfield’.
Source: The Down Democrat
People with disabilities are the latest group to suffer at the hands of Dublin City Council's cost-cutting program. The cash-strapped local authority is refusing to accept any more applications for housing grants for disabled people. The council said it did not have the "financial resources" to process any further applications in 2009. The grants are used to help disabled people adapt their homes by installing access ramps, stair lifts, downstairs toilets and other facilities. "We find it very disturbing that the council is ceasing to accept applications," Disability of Ireland Federation spokesman Allen Dunne said.
Source: The Evening Herald
A group of members of Longford Historical Society, who attended this year's 'Twelfth' in Lisbellaw as guests of the host Orange Lodge, were guests of the chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Bertie Kerr last Tuesday at a function at Enniskillen Castle. The Longford group had met their hosts during a visit to World War One battlefields in Belgium. Its spokesman said his members were 'more than happy' to attend and see the tradition and ceremony of the Orange Order. James MacNerney added: "We felt it was important to come in the spirit of reconciliation. "We all have to live together on this island, and we have to respect each other's traditions."
Source: The Fermanagh Herald
Galway City Council management has moved to reassure the public that essential services will be maintained, despite the city's looming financial crisis. City Manager Joe MacGrath was responding as the true extent of the city's budgetary troubles were revealed in a mid-year financial report. The worrying document was furnished to city councilors last Friday and shows that the council has been doubly hit by the current economic crisis, with a significant drop in income coming alongside a greater demand for waivers and subsidies.
Source: Galway Independent
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