Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: Mayo News)
Former Taoiseach and Meath Fine Gael TD John Bruton returned to Ireland last weekend as his five-year stint as head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the US comes to an end. Ambassador Bruton addressed a farewell meeting hosted by the meeting of the European Institute in Washington. "My hope, as I leave my post here after five wonderful years, is that, on both sides of the Atlantic, the positive, the foresightful, the courageous and the problem-solving forces in politics will overwhelm the forces of postponement, partisanship, point-scoring and intellectual paralysis," he told the gathering.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
Taoiseach Brian Cowen was on his home patch last Friday to perform the official opening of the €116m Tullamore by-pass, which has been completed ten months ahead of schedule and within budget. Mr. Cowen noted that the scheme consisted of 14 km of standard and wide single carriageway and involved the construction of six under bridges and one over bridge.
The cost was financed by the EU Regional Development Fund and the Government.
(Source: The Offaly Express)
A seven-acre field in the Lisnamult area of Roscommon town could provide the ideal location for a new all weather sports area to cater for a wide range of activites with everything from soccer, camoige and athletics to Special Olympics. According to Cllr Orla Leyden “many community sports groups have to travel to Castlerea and Athlone in order to access modern all weather facilities. Roscommon town has grown in population over the last ten years. It is vital that the community sporting facilities are put in place,” she said.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)
The developers of Sligo Retail Park, Newbay Doherty Group, have made a submission to Sligo County Council calling on them to implement changes to the Draft Sligo and Environs Development Plan 2010-2016. According to Stephen Cassidy, property consultant to Newbay Doherty Group: "If the Council implement the changes to the current Retail Park zoning which we are looking for, then we are ready to start immediately on a redevelopment of the Park which will create 300 new retail jobs for Sligo and another 100 jobs during the construction period.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
Plans to build Europe's largest combined sporting, leisure and gaming complex off the M8 motorway at Two-Mile-Borris were unveiled in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Tuesday last. If completed, the 'Tipperary Venue' would put the Premier County at the forefront of major national sporting, cultural and music events while providing much needed jobs in an area especially hit by the construction downturn. Thurles native Richard Quirke, best known as the driving force behind Dr Quirkey's Good Time Emporium in Dublin, is to finance the E460m project with a group of investors.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
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