Andrew Doyle TD
213 Leitrim farmers applied for income support in 2008
287 Leitrim farmers applied for income support in 2009
308 Leitrim farmers have already applied in the 1st Quarter this year
Fine Gael Deputy Agriculture Spokesperson, Andrew Doyle TD, has said shocking new figures show that 308 Leitrim farmers have applied for the farm assist social welfare payment already in the first quarter of this year.
This compares to 287 in 2009 and 213 in 2008.
Deputy Doyle said these figures show the extent of the farm income crisis. Read more
Fidget Feet are delighted to announce the first ever Irish European Aerial Dance Forum (IEADF) at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny (Donegal) from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th June. The festival will be curated by Donegal based Aerial Dance Company, Fidget Feet.
This is the first time Ireland has hosted such a unique event and Fidget Feet will be joined by practitioners from around the world who are looking to further their Circus skills. Read more
Airtricity League Premier Division sides Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers will face each other in the semi finals of the EA SPORTS Cup, following the draw for the last four of the competition.
Sligo Rovers will host Shamrock Rovers on August 2nd for a place in the 2010 EA SPORTS Cup final, with Monaghan United hosting Dundalk in the second semi final.
Both EA SPORTS Cup semi finals will take place on Monday August 2nd, with the tournament final scheduled for Saturday September 25th.
The draw for the semi finals of the 2010 EA SPORTS Cup is as follows:
Sligo Rovers v Shamrock Rovers Monday, 2nd August
Monaghan United v Dundalk Monday, 2nd August
Kick-off times to be confirmed.
Book of condolences opened in Limerick
Limerick County Council today opened a Book of Condolences in memory of humanitarian volunteers killed during the storming of a flotilla transporting humanitarian aid to Gaza on Monday.
Cllr. David Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council said he was shocked and saddened at the loss of life incurred during the attack on unarmed civilians on board the flotilla ship, the Mavi Marmara.
“On behalf of the people of County Limerick, I would like to express my condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families”, he added.
The Book of Condolences is available for signing at Limerick County Hall in Dooradoyle, and will remain open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day until Friday next, June 11th.
Garda safety appeal ahead of Bank holiday weekend
Gardaí are advising motorists in Dublin to take extreme care while driving this bank holiday weekend. Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid of the Dublin Metropolitan Region Traffic Corps was speaking today at Dublin Castle ahead of a number of planned Garda operations which will involve high profile mandatory alcohol checkpoints across the city in conjunction with Garda speed checks.
The main focus this weekend will be on speeding and in particular the 50km zones which the Garda Síochána analysis service has identified as the areas that vulnerable road users are most at risk.
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty with party Councillors and activists delivering thousands of postcards to An Taoiseach demanding action on job creation.
Speaking today as he delivered more than 16,000 ‘Greetings from the dole’ postcards demanding action to create jobs to Government Buildings, spokesperson for Sinn Féin’s ‘Jobs for the Unemployed’ campaign Senator Pearse Doherty said there was growing anger that the only plan the government had to deal with the jobs crisis was to cut welfare entitlements for the unemployed.
The hand in of the postcards coincided with the publication of the latest monthly live register figures.
Doherty said: “Almost half a million people are unemployed. Many more have emigrated. This week the government pumped another €2 billion into Anglo Irish Bank only days after announcing plans to further cut welfare entitlements for those out of work. Read more
Fine Gael Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Billy Timmins T.D. has today called for the immediate publication of the report into the use of forged Irish passports by personnel involved in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai earlier this year.
“It has emerged in media reports today that an unpublished report into the use of forged Irish passports during an assassination operation in Dubai contains a recommendation for the expulsion of an Israeli Embassy Security Officer. The report must be published without delay and the Minister must act on its recommendations immediately.”
The European Commission has authorised under EU state aid rules an emergency recapitalisation worth €875 million in favour of the Irish Educational Building Society (EBS) for reasons of financial stability. The Commission approved the measure temporarily for a period of six months as urgent rescue aid.
EBS now needs to submit a restructuring plan, to address its difficulties in the long-term and to become viable without continued state support. Read more
USI - Union of Students of Ireland
The USI (University Students of Ireland) has strongly condemned the Government’s plans to impose “further reductions in core allocations” to the colleges of Ireland.
The university sector is already struggling to cope with a huge surge in student numbers, as record numbers of school leavers and mature learners opt for college.
But now, the seven university presidents have been sent a letter from the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Tom Boland, who warned them to brace themselves for unprecedented cuts, which could force them to cut staff and cancel college courses.