North West MEPs have warned that Ireland’s preferential fishing quotas on certain stocks, known as the Hague Preferences, are in jeopardy following the fisheries deal reached in Brussels this week.
After marathon talks hosted by the Irish presidency of the EU, member states agreed a revised mandate for reforming the Common Fisheries Policy. The deal will allow Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to enter end-stage negotiations with the European Parliament which should result in a final text by the end of June. Read more
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, donegal’s Senator Brian Ó Domhanill, has called on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to fully implement all of the recommendations contained in the Joint Committee on Energy’s report in relation to the oil industry.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said; “ The Minister for Energy should fully implement all of the recommendations in the report which was prepared by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communication, Natural Resources and Agriculture.”
“Over a year has gone by since the publication of this report and despite the very strong recommendations, it is gathering dust in the Minister’s Department. The exploitation of our natural resources has been a matter of much debate over the years and the report by the Joint Committee which has the backing of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Sinn Féin and the Independents, was a comprehensive review of the industry and made strong recommendations in relation to how this industry could be exploited for the benefit of the people of Ireland. “ Read more
Connacht Rugby has confirmed contract extensions for scrum half Frank Murphy, back row forward Mata Fifita and centre Brian Murphy.
The latest deals make it 21 players who have committed their future to the province in recent months.
Frank Murphy had a disappointing season with Connacht having suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the first away game away to Zebre back in September. The injury resulted in the scrum half being side-lined for the remainder of the season but Murphy has been working extremely hard in rehab for the last eight months and will be fighting fit for the beginning of pre-season in early June. Read more
Ireland’s latest Lotto millionaires were on top of the world today as they picked up a cheque for €1,292,228. The family syndicated from Co. Mayo won the prize in the Lotto draw on Saturday 13 April 2013. The jackpot was €2,584,457 on that date but there were two winning tickets. Ger Hand from Longford scooped the other half of the jackpot.
The syndicate, who wish to keep the win private, bought the lucky €4 Quick Pick ticket in Paperchase in the Dunnes Stores Shopping Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo on the day of the draw. Read more
The most fundamental reform of the Irish acute hospital system in decades will be announced tomorrow by the Minister of Health, Dr James Reilly.
There will be a briefing on the details of the ‘Report on the Establishment of Hospital Groups’ as a transition to Hospital Trusts together with the report ‘Securing the Future of Smaller Hospitals: A Framework for Development’.
Minister Reilly and the chairperson of the Strategic Board on Hospital Groups, Prof. John R. Higgins, will make the announcement at Croke Park tomorrow afternoon at 4pm.
A new survey has found that 57% of property owners are unhappy with the assessment they have received from Revenue for the new local property tax.
In addition forty two per cent of respondents said they intend to go with a figure lower than the valuation band advised by Revenue. The deadline for payment of the tax online is May 28th.
Only 22% of the 1,500 respondents to the MyHome.ie survey said they agreed with the introduction of the tax while 60% opposed it and 18% said they were undecided.
More than 75% of respondents said they had worked out how much they intend to pay. Read more
Dara Calleary TD
Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Dara Calleary from Mayo has called on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to address the legitimate concerns about his proposed reforms of the legal profession in the Legal Services Bill 2011.
Deputy Calleary has again expressed his alarm at the level of control the Bill provides to the Government over the legal profession. “Under Minister Shatter’s Bill, the Justice Minister and the Department of Justice will be central to every activity of the legal sector in this country. Minister Shatter cannot continue to ignore the seriousness of this,” said Deputy Calleary. Read more
Following the announcement on Thursday 26th August 2010 in the High Court that Mr. Michael McAteer of Grant Thornton has been appointed as Interim Examiner to Comhfhorbairt (Gaillimh) trading as Aer Arann, the airline wishes to assure the public that all scheduled services will continue to operate as normal.
Aer Arann intends to operate normally during the period of examinership and intends to fly all Aer Arann services which includes the daily service between Ireland West Airport Knock and Dublin, Read more
It was good news for Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo yesterday when €135,077 from the EuroMillions draw on Friday 6 August 2010 was collected by a winner from Co. Mayo.
The lucky woman, who wants her win to remain private, purchased her ticket in the Gem store in Bridge Street, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo. The ticket was a €6 Quick Pick selection. The lucky winner said that she was ‘thrilled and delighted to have won this super tax-free prize’ and that she would put the money in the bank while she made her plans.
National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, including EuroMillions, with one third of all sales (approx) going to fund Beneficiary projects around the country, as designated by Government.