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Fermanagh/south Tyrone candidates to be questioned on fracking


Candidates in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone Westminster election will be questioned tonight about their positons on the controversial issue of fracking. The Letterbreen and Mullaghdun Partnership in Fermanagh has organised a debate in the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Enniskillen. The group is highlighting what it sees as the importance of an independent examination of the public health aspect of fracking. It also points out that the last election in 2010 in Fermanagh/South Tyrone was decided by just one vote. Frankie McMurray, of the Partnership group, outlines what tonight’s meeting, which starts at 7:45pm, is about:  

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Additional traffic wardens to be employed in Sligo


People in Sligo are warned that additional traffic wardens will be policing the parking by-laws in the town in the coming months. That was the warning of the CEO, Ciaran Hayes today after Councillors at Sligo Municipal District passed the new draft parking by-laws which will see the abolition of Sunday parking charges. There was a broad welcome for the move from all Councillors with the general feeling that it will bring more business to the town. However, the Council Executive warned that the move will cost them almost €50,000 and so increased parking charges will have to be introduced ...

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Former Sligo Westlife star calls for ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming marriage referendum


Former Westlife star Markus Feehily has called for a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming marriage referendum. The singer songwriter, who came out during his time in the boyband, says any other decision would be ‘crazy’. He also says that he would like to have the choice to get married in his home country in the future. There’s less than a month to go now until the referendum, and Markus says that for him, it’s about one thing only:  

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Concern over safety of Donegal pedestrian crossing


Concern is building over the safety of a pedestrian crossing in Donegal Town, which locals say motorists are not paying heed to. The pedestrian crossing in question is located outside Scoil Aodh Rua agus Nuala National School in the Town, posing further fears for children. The issue of cars failing to stop at the crossing has been highlighted to the Gardai and the Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council Brian O’Donnell. Speaking to Ocean FM, Mr. O’Donnell said that a child could be seriously injured or killed if a change doesn’t happen soon and he’s appealing to motorists to ...

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Sligo Fianna Fail official defends ‘Galway tent’


  A top local Fianna Fail official has defended the party’s infamous tent at the Galway Races. Sligo’s Gerry O’Connor was an unsuccessful candidate for one of the party’s vicepresident positions at its Ard Fheis at the weekend. He described the Galway Races fundraising venture as having been “very transparent.” Mr O’ Connor made his remarks in a vicepresidential campaign leaflet. He also said it was supporting two very important Irish industries, the building industry, and the horse racing and breeding industry. He said Fianna Fail had nothing to be ashamed of in supporting these industries. He says Fianna Fail’s ...

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New Leitrim committee formed to arrange 1916 centenary


In Leitrim, a new committee has been formed to put together a programme of events to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Commemorative events will take place in an array of places throughout County Leitrim. It’s planned to launch the programme of events during a special event at Parke’s Castle on July 18th. Committee Chairman J J O’Hara emphasizes the importance of emailing ideas and submissions to the committee as soon as possible:    

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Moves to abolish Sunday parking charges


New draft parking bylaws in Sligo which would abolish parking charges on a Sunday will now go out for public consultation. The Council Exective outlined the new bylaws to the Municipal district meeting in Sligo this morning. There was unanimous support for the move which will get rid of Sunday parking charges. Cllrs said its welcome and will encourage more shopping and business in the town. The draft bylaws will now go out for public consultation until June before coming back before the council for final approval.

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Public involvement sought for Sligo 1916 commemoration


Ideas from members of the public is being sought for Sligo’s commemoration of the 100th anniverary of 1916. Public consultation meetings will take place in Tubbercurry Library next Tuesday and in the Central Library in Sligo on Wednesday. Both meetings start at 8pm. The idea is to develop a local Sligo program to be part of Ireland 2016, a year-long schedule of commemorative activities. Sligo County Council CEO Ciaran Hayes said next week’s meetings are once-in-a-century invitation to people of all ages, at home and overseas, to shape and take part in a diverse range of historical, cultural and artistic ...

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People in the north west urged to support relief effort


People in the North West are asked to support the fundraising efforts as attempts to dig victims out from under the rubble of collapsed buildings are continuing following the deadly earthquake in Nepal on Saturday. The death toll is continuing to rise and has now passed 3,200. 100 Irish people are believed to have been caught up in the quake and The Department of Foreign Affairs says contact is being made with many of the people affected. Trocaire is just one of a number of agencies that has launched an emergency appeal and is requesting the support of people in ...

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Abolition of Sunday car-parking charges in Sligo on the agenda


Plans to abolish car parking charges on Sundays will be considered at a meeting today where Sligo Councillors review the town’s Car Parking Bye Laws. Councillor Declan Bree will raise the issue at Sligo County Council’s municipal district committee meeting today. Cllr Bree says the Sunday parking charges has been a contentious issue for quite some time and councillors have recommended that the charge be abolished. He says the current review of the Parking Bye Laws now provides the Council with the opportunity to change or amend specific by-laws and will allow them to abolish them. However, the Council executive ...

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