Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
A company based in Roscrea is hoping to buck the current recession with plans to create approximately 300 jobs in the homecare sector. FRS Homecare, which is based at Parkmore in the town, hopes to create 300 jobs over the next 18 months through the provision of respite care. The fledgling company, which provide care services in the home to the elderly, convalescents and people with disabilities, was only launched last year, but has expanded rapidly in the meantime and hopes to create numerous high quality posts in the nursing and homecare sector in the coming years.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
Police are appealing for information after an attempt was made to rob a cash transit van in Coalisland on Thursday afternoon last. At midday, staff of the van reported that a number of masked and armed men approached the vehicle at Annagher Road. However, they did not gain access to the van. The previous night members of a family living nearby were held hostage by armed men who took their car. Police remained at the scene while investigations continued.
(Source: The Tyrone Times)
Waterford city is now dying a slow death having squandered its future during the boom years.
Figures show a catastrophic slump in planning applications that will result in gaping holes in the city’s finances along with increased job losses and dereliction. The bleak picture emerged after the City Council revealed that the number of planning applications received had almost halved in the past two years. “It looks as though we will fall short of what we had predicted in the estimates. Not only are the number of applications down significantly but the scale of the developments are nothing like what we would have been seeing previously,” conceded John Andrews, Senior Planner, Water-ford City Council.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)
Westmeath County Council is making good progress with a plan drawn up last month, which see the local authority and its service providers through in the event of a local swine flu outbreak, an official said last week. The Westmeath Local Authorities' Business Continuity Plan for Pandemic Influenza, completed on July 24, was put together amid concerns that the swine flu pandemic would result in large numbers of Council staff being out of work at the same time. But Roibeard Ó Ceallaigh, Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services, reckons that barring a worse case scenario, members of the public will not notice any difference in service standards, even if Mullingar is hit hard by the H1N1 virus.
(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)
Wexford TDs and Senators have claimed over €1 million between them in expenses and allowances on top of their salaries since the General Election two years ago. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act last week show that Deputies Brendan Howlin (Lab), Paul Kehoe (FG), Michael D'Arcy Junior (FG), Sean Connick (FF) and John Browne (FF) collected a total of €807,541 since June 2007. Leas Cheann Comhairle Brendan Howlin, who receives a taxed allowance €97,000 for his position as vice-chairman of the Dail, claimed a total of €221,310 in the two-year period, the second highest amount in the country after the Ceann Comhairle John O Donoghue. Labor's Leas Cheann Comhairle Brendan Howlin has claimed €221,310 in expenses and allowances since the General Election in June 2007, the second highest amount in the country.
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