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MacSharry urges Taoiseach to pressure ECB

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The Taoiseach is being urged to do all he can to compel key witnesses to appear before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry. This morning the committee heard evidence from Peter Nyberg, a Finnish professor, who’s already written a lengthy report on Ireland’s crisis. Senator Marc MacSharry, who sits on the inquiry, said that although current legislation prevents him from passing judgement ... Read More »

€320 million regional development programme approved

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Approval has been given to a new BMW Regional Operational Programme. The European Commission and the Irish Government have approved the €320 million programme for up until 2020. Funding will support enterprise development, the roll-out of high speed broadband in unserved areas, schemes for energy efficiency in houses, and urban development in the region. The Border Midlands West region takes ... Read More »

2014 to be biggest year for North West tourism

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Next year is set to be the best ever for Irish tourism, beating this year’s 7.3 million visitors. 2014 saw growth of almost nine percent and 2015 is set to see a further rise. It’s estimated that tourism next year will be worth around 4 billion euro to our economy. Head of International Sales with Failte Ireland Martina Bromley says ... Read More »

Haddock quota increase for Donegal Fishermen

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Donegal fishermen are to benefit from a fourteen percent increase in their haddock quota from next year. The announcement follows two days of talks in Brussels amongst fisheries ministers, which concluded last night – with ports in Killybegs and Greencastle benefitting from the increase. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced a total of one ... Read More »

Alternative Politics Public Meeting tonight

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An organiser of a public meeting taking place in Sligo tonight says that people are looking for something different from politics. It comes as South Leitrim/Roscommon TD Michael Fitzmaurice says he plans to establish a new political group ahead of the next General Election. Peadar Hopkins of People Before Profit Sligo says that the recent debacle surrounding the introduction of ... Read More »

Bailing out of Anglo Irish bank ‘illegal and odious’

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A Midlands/North West MEP is describing as “illegal and odious” the eventual cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank – which may have to be borne by the Irish people. Marian Harkin says under Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s strategy to limit the amount Ireland will have to pay back in the short term, the Irish people will end up paying ... Read More »

Banking Inquiry officially begins today

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The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has officially begun its public hearings A Sligo Senator says the aim is to get answers for the Irish people, while members have cautioned that there will be a number of constraints in what it can do. Members will not have the powers to make findings in fact, but Senator Susan O’Keeffe – who will sit ... Read More »

2015 Referendum on same-sex marriage

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The campaign for Same-sex marriage has been given a boost. An approximate date for Ireland’s Referendum on Gay and Lesbian marriages next year has been agreed. It’s one of many motions discussed in the Dail yesterday, including lowering the legal age to run for presidency and also the By-election to fill the seat of Agricultural Minster Phil Hogan. The Cabinet ... Read More »

Huge Funding announced for Wild Atlantic Way

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Eight hundred and fifty thousand euro of supplementary funding has been announced to promote Irish Tourism this morning. Tourism Minister Michael Ring has provisionally allocated the lump sum to support IT investments in the Wild Atlantic way. The funding is in additon to the eight million euro invested in the Scheme in 2014. CEO of Sligo Chamber Paul Keyes , ... Read More »

Colreavy rejects Michael Martin’s IRA claims

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A Sligo/North Leitrim Deputy has rejected a claim from the Fianna Fáil leader that the IRA is calling the shots for Sinn Féin in the Republic as ridiculous. Michael Martin was speaking as he once again ruled out going into coalition with Gerry Adams’ party after the next general election. Michael Colreavy says today’s statement is blatant attempt at playing ... Read More »