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Negotiations on the venture are said to be at an advanced stage, but exact details of the initiative have yet to be finalized and a timeline for having cows on the ground has not been set.

The plan was given the green light by the Connacht Gold board two weeks ago and Teagasc has confirmed that it will be involved in the project in a consultative capacity.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Coach drivers are bypassing the town of Sligo because of problems with, and lack of, adequate coach parking, members of Sligo Borough Council claimed at their June monthly meeting.

Clr. David Cawley said proper enforcement was needed so that coach operators couldn't see designated parking areas for their vehicles occupied by cars, vans and trucks. ”There was a headline in the Sligo Champion in October 2011, which reported that operators are not coming to Sligo anymore because there is poor coach parking. We need to get more tourists and business in here; there's a market there to be tapped,” Clr. Cawley pointed out.
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Flash flooding in Templemore has led to a “terrible fear” for householders on the Main Street, heard last month’s meeting of the Town Council.

Recent unseasonal weather has led to one Templemore man being unable to buy house insurance, while many more people are anxious every time there is heavy rain. Monies set aside to provide for a flood relief scheme have been promised by successive governments, but the funding has yet to be signed off on, heard Councilors.

Town Engineer Mr. John Jones said the flood relief project is in line but final approval has not yet been made. “It’s a political situation. I have contacted the OPW to see if there was any movement at senior level. They are waiting for government funding.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Campaigners battling to save the under-threat opening hours of the Minor Injuries Unit at South Tyrone Hospital say their fight has reached a crucial stage as fears grow that the proposed cuts could be brought in as soon as this month.

Despite the MIU having treated a record number of patients over the past six weeks, the South Tyrone Hospital Community Forum (STHCF) says it fears the Southern Trust may push on with a proposal to reduce the unit's weekend opening hours within a matter of weeks.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The heartbroken mother of 29-year-old Rory Harcourt from Crooke, who died following a car accident during the early hours of June 25, said she has not only lost her eldest son, but her best friend.

Angela Harcourt paid tribute to her “loveable rogue” Rory, whose death has caused shock waves in both Crooke and Passage East, after he tragically died following a single vehicle crash which occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when the vehicle he was driving struck the bridge on the Cheek-point Road.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Plans have been unveiled to transform the midlands into a European renewable energy hub that will supply the UK with up to 5,000MW of wind energy within five years and create up to 54,000 jobs.

Founder of Mainstream Renewable Power Eddie O'Connor, who in the past headed up Airtricity and before that Bord na Mona, said last Tuesday at the opening of the company's midland office that his company's plans will not be paid for by the Irish consumer, but that the benefits to Ireland will be "enormous.”

Mainstream Renewable Power was established to develop wind and solar projects both onshore and offshore and is currently developing over 15,000MW of projects across seven countries in four different continents.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


The annual Conference of the Irish Traveler Movement held in Wexford last Monday was told that until the Irish State recognizes Travelers as an ethnic group, racism will continue to exist for Travelers on a daily basis.

Travelers from all over Ireland gathered in Wexford for the 21st Annual Conference of the Irish Traveler Movement entitled “Anti Traveler Racism in the 21st Century: the link between ethnicity denial and discrimination.”

Speaking at the conference Ronit Lentin, Associate Professor of Sociology Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, Trinity College, Dublin, said: “Travelers have campaigned long and hard to be considered a separate ethnic group, and the refusal to acknowledge Travelers as an ethnic group, itself smacks of racism in viewing racism as emanating only from biological, racial difference, though racism, as we know, is never only about skin color. I fully support Travelers’ claim to a status of an ethnic group as the basis for anti-Travelerism” Damien Peelo Director of the Irish Traveler Movement called on the Irish Government to recognize Travelers as ethnic group in policies and in laws.
[Source: Wexford Echo]