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with" TV presenter Hector O hEochagain in Ballinasloe's 'An Tain'
CROWE ROW LOOKS SET TO ESCALATE
The row over the
decision by the Board of Directors of the Dean Crowe Theatre not
to renew a FAS Employment Scheme for the coming year looked set
A member of the
Action Committee told the Observer the meeting would most likely
decide whether protests outside upcoming high profile events at
the Dean Crowe should go ahead.
Society's production of "Chess" and the All Ireland Drama Festival
could both be affected.
A statement issued
on behalf of the Board expressed grave concern that two such major
local events could be affected.
CLAIMS BALLINASLOE DECENTRALISATION IS BEING BLOCKED
Roscommon Fine Gael
Deputy Denis Naughten this week accused the Government of blocking
the planned decentralisation of the Railway Safety Commission to
Calling on the Minister
for Finance, Brian Cowen, to clarify the situation, Deputy Naughten
said there was no excuse for delaying the decentralisation of the
Railway Safety Commission because it was a new agency and its location
in Ballinasloe had been announced prior to the setting up of the
TOWNS SPOILED FOR POLITICAL CHOICE
It was confirmed
yesterday that Portiuncula Hospital Consultant Dr John Barton would
be added to the Fine Gael ticket to contest the next Dail elections
in East Galway. Dr Barton has been added by Fine Gael National HQ
to the ticket, which already contains sitting Deputy Paul Connaughton
and Senator Ulick Burke.
While the next general
election may be over a year away, voters in Athlone and Ballinasloe
already look like being spoiled for choice in terms of locally based
Fine Gael Cllr Nicky
McFadden won the right to contest the election for her party in
She will be competing
for votes directly with Senator Mary O' Rourke, who won a high profile
selection convention for Fianna Fail. Both will also face competition
from youthful Athlone Cllr Paul Hogan, who has been selected as
the Sinn Fein candidate.
Sinn Fein Cllr Jason
Devlin received his party's nomination to contest the election in
The 35 year old
father of two, an employee of Portiuncula Hospital, topped the poll
in the last elections to Ballinasloe Town Council.
He and Dr Barton
will be contesting the election as Ballinasloe based candidates.
CALLS FOR ACTION ON ILLEGAL DUMPING
Cllr Ray Lennon
called on Athlone Town Council for action to deter what he said
was the huge amount of illegal dumping going on around the town.
He said he didn't
accept assurances that the fines system was working.
"I think illegal
dumping will increase, that it will become a scourge like drugs,"
The Director of
Services, Mr Barry Kehoe, said he didn't accept any suggestion that
the town was dirty.
CRASH OUT OF CUP
Athlone based rugby
club Buccaneers lost their chance of winning a major national trophy
this season when they crashed out of the AIB National Cup 20-13
to Cork Constitution. The Cork team, something of a bogey side for
BUccs over the years, used first half wind advantage to build up
a useful 17-0 half time. DEspite heroic endeavours through the second
half, BUccaneers could not overcome the deficit.
PERIOD FOR WESTMEATH DRIVING TESTS UNACCEPTABLE - MACRA
A leading member
of Macra na Feirme in Westmeath has called on the Government to
address the problem of excessive waiting periods for driving tests.
Mr Lennon, a member
of Macra's National Council from Kilbeggan, said the current waiting
period for a driving test stood at 26 weeks in Athlone and 45 weeks
in Mullingar. He said professional drivers were being seriously
disadvantaged as a result of this unacceptable situation.