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Clash between local representatives on impact of EU


A recent statement issued by Roscommon Galway Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice on an EU spraying directive led to heated debate today.

The statement from Deputy Fitzmaurice had criticised the directive and described it as another indication of the EU “strangling the life out of small farmers”.

Leitrim councillor John McCartin took exception to the views calling them “awful nonsense” and accused the TD of “Euro sceptic scaremongering”.

Speaking on Let’s Talk today, Councillor McCartin says EU subsidies are keeping farmers on the land, rather than doing what Deputy Fitzmaurice claims.



Deputy Fitzmaurice also spoke today to defend his views, and said Irish farmers owe nothing to the EU in return for subsidies.

He also maintained that he does not object to membership of the EU, but claims there is an agenda in some sectors of it to wipe out smaller farmers.



Patrick Moore


Patrick Moore Hackney, London and late of 15 Templemichael Terrace, Longford.

Thursday 2nd March peacefully.

Sadly missed by his sister Anna Mae McCreanor, brother in law Jimmy and niece Jennifer.

Reposing at Glennons Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford, this evening (Thur) from six o’clock until eight o’clock with prayers at seven o’clock.

Removal to St Mels Cathedral tomorrow (Fri) to arrive for Mass of the Ressurrection at twelve noon.

Burial afterwards in Ballymacormack Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Pieta House, c/o Glennons Funeral Home, Ballinalee Road, Longford.


Police dealing with ‘terrorist’ incident in London


Scotland Yard says it’s dealing with a ‘terrorist incident’ outside the houses of parliament in London.

Business in the house of commons chamber has been suspended and the building has been locked down.

Downing Street says Prime Minister Theresa May is safe.

A police officer’s been stabbed and one person has been shot outside the Parliament building.

Several others are thought to have been injured after they were hit by a car on nearby Westminster Bridge.

One officer was stabbed and a man shot in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.

Several others are being treated on Westminster Bridge after a car mounted the pavement.

Josephine Amooty


Josephine Amooty (nee Darcy) London and formerly of Ballagh, Newtownforbes, Longford.

17th March peacefully in the Whittington Hospital, London.

Sadly missed by her husband Tommy Amooty, (London and formerly of Ballagh), her sisters Jane Amooty (Ballagh) and Bridie Fitzpatrick (Clonrollagh, Longford)

Funeral Mass on Friday 31st March in Our Lady of Muswell’s Church at half past eleven.

Burial afterwards in Finchley Catholic Cemetery (Islington Division)

Veronica Keenan (nee Gaffey)


Veronica Keenan (nee Gaffey)

6 The Park, Deerpark Road, Athlone

Tuesday 21st March.

Removal arriving to Saints Peter and Pauls Church on Friday morning for Mass of the Resurrection at eleven o’clock followed by burial in Coosan Cemetery.

House strictly private please, family only. Family flowers only, donations if desired to South Westmeath Hospice.

Lidl store in Carrick to become car showroom

The Lidl in Carrick-on-Shannon could become a car sales showroom and gym

Lidl is planning to close its existing store in Carrick-on-Shannon and turn it into a car sales showroom and gym.

The supermarket chain plans to relocate to a different site in the town.

Church Road Development Limited, care of Lidl Ireland, has lodged a planning application with Roscommon County Council to change the use of the foodstore at Cortober.

It wants the premises to be used for both a car-sales showroom and gym, while works to the façade of the building would be carried out.

Two entrances to the proposed new businesses would be created, while they would be serviced by 137 parking spaces.

The council is due to make a decision on the application by May 10th, with submissions from the public open until April 19th.

In a statement to Shannonside FM, Lidl says the proposal is part of their plans to relocate to an additional site in Carrick.

Last year, the company was refused planning permission to develop a store on the Leitrim side of the town, at the Attifinlay and Attyrory townlands.

Longford pharmacist warns about recalled products

Loughrey's pharmacy in Longford town (Photo: Google Maps)

A Shannonside pharmacist is urging any members of the public who may be concerned about a recall of EpiPens to contact their local health professional immediately.

It was announced yesterday that the Health Products Regulatory Authority was advising the public of a recall of one batch of Epipens.

A defect in the actual manufacture of the EpiPen has led to the recall of batch number 5FA665G and it’s understood almost a thousand of the adrenaline medication are currently in use in Ireland.

Longford pharmacist Padraig Loughrey hasn’t had any contact with anyone yet that had one of the affected batches, but is urging anyone with any concerns to make sure they get their EpiPens checked out.



Cabinet row over flood relocation scheme


A relocation scheme for flood hit homeowners is to be widened after the intervention at Cabinet level of Environment Minister Denis Naughton.

The Roscommon-Galway TD says he wants the voluntary scheme to be expanded to include as many people as possible who have no alternative solution.

The Minister asked for additional concessions to be made when the proposal came before Cabinet yesterday.

Speaking on the today’s Joe Finnegan Show, he said he believes the scheme in its present form is too restrictive.

He cited one condition that concerned him was that to qualify, people who experienced flooding in the winter of 2015-16 must have had at least one previous flooding in the previous ten years.

Deputy Naughton said there are very genuine cases of owners who are likely to face flooding in the future and those whose lands are flood-prone who should also be covered.

The scheme that’s expected to cost €2 million this year will go before Cabinet again next week for approval when the revisions have been made.

The Minister said it’s very difficult to know at this stage what the level of interest will be in the proposal as the uptake on a previous scheme in 2009 wasn’t substantial.


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