Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(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.

(Source: The Wexford People)



While many are hailing the upgrade of sections of the N11 to motorway status, local farmers are furious now that agricultural machinery must take an alternative route. The changes which came into effect on August 28 means farm vehicles traveling under 50km/h must revert to going through town centers as they did in the past. Co. Wicklow IFA Chairman James Hill says the move in unacceptable and that local farmers are seeking an exemption to avoid blocking up main streets. Farmers in Co. Wicklow have been ignored by an arrogant National Roads Authority in relation to upgrades to the N11 dual carriageway which will see all agricultural machinery banned from it now it is a motorway. That's according to the chairperson of Co. Wicklow IFA James Hill who says the local farming community is less than impressed with the decision.

(Source: The Wicklow People)