Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: Waterford News & Star)



At a meeting of the Westmeath VEC last Monday, Chief Executive Officer Gearóid Ó Brádaigh announced his decision to retire after 13 years at the helm of the body. The man who won the landmark court case regarding the right of the VEC to grant enrolment as they chose, Mr. Ó'Brádaigh paid tribute to all of the committee members and indeed his loyal and proficient staff, saying it was his privilege to serve them. In response to his announcement, Vice Chairman Cllr. Dan McCarthy said he felt the loss of Gearóid, a native of Dublin and graduate of Trinity College, would be absolutely enormous, saying it simply wasn't possible to quantify the contribution he had made to Westmeath VEC and education in the county over the years.

(Source: The Westmeath Examiner)



County Wexford Tourism Board is expected to lose its three employees and its tourist office in Kilrane due to the withdrawal of Government funding at the end of this year. Two members of Wexford County Council – newly elected Fine Gael members Jim Allen and Jim Moore – sit on the board of County Wexford Tourism Board and are expected to make the case to the local authority. 'County Wexford Tourism started in 1996 as a voluntary organization to market and represent the biggest industry in Co. Wexford – tourism,' said Mr. Flynn.

(Source: The Wexford People)



Fears are growing that garda stations in Rathdrum, Ashford, Roundwood, Aughrim, Avoca and Shillelagh could face closure if recommendations made in the Bord Snip report are implemented by the Government. The report advises the closure of nearly 300 rural garda stations across the country in order to help save €5.3 billion in Government spending. This would leave stations in Rathdrum, Ashford, Roundwood, Aughrim, Avoca and Shillelagh vulnerable if the Government decide to act on the report's recommendations. Councilor Jimmy O'Shaughnessy, who sits on the Joint Policing Committee, said that garda stations in rural locations are an important part of the fabric of country living.

(Source: The Wicklow People)