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Train strikes to go ahead as unions vote for industrial action

Trains

Train strikes are going ahead – after unions and management at Irish Rail failed to reach a deal on pay.

Members of SIPTU and the NBRU have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

The unions are meeting this afternoon to agree on when that will take place.

General Secretary Dermot O’Leary says he doesn’t expect any strike to begin during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

REVEALED: 113 people on Roscommon social housing list for more than three years

Housing

New figures show 113 people have been on the waiting list for social housing in Roscommon for more than three years.

Details released to Shannonside FM show one person has been on the list for more than ten years and another person nearly eight years.

 

At present, there are a total of 538 people on Roscommon County Council’s social-housing waiting list.

The longest list is in the Roscommon Municipal District, at 228, with 135 people naming the county town as their preferred location and 43 wanting a home in Castlerea and 21 at Ballyleague.

Boyle Municipal District has the next longest list, at 209, with Ballaghaderreen the most popular location, with 55 on the list.

Boyle has 50 people awaiting accommodation and Strokestown 26.

The situation in the Athlone Municipal District is significantly better, with 101 people on its waiting list.

Of those, 74 listed the Monksland as their preferred location, followed by 19 at Athleague.

A total of 113 people in the county have been on the list for more than three years – 61 in Roscommon Municipal District, 38 in Boyle and 14 in Athlone.

One person has been on the waiting list for more than ten years, with the council noting they’re currently living in the UK.

A further four people have been waiting for between six and eight years, all of whom are living in private rented accommodation.

Leitrim Council admits trial sewerage scheme may never become permanent

Sewerage

Leitrim County Council has insisted the controversial sewerage treatment systems on trial may not become permanent.

There were concerns this week that people looking to build one-off homes in Leitrim could face a cost of more than €50,000 to construct their own plants.

The council says that, in line with EPA rules, it has been pursuing systems that can have a zero discharge of effluent because most of Leitrim isn’t suitable for traditional septic tanks.

It says 13 potential site-owners have been invited to participate in a willow-based pilot system, but insists it’s going on trial, subject to participants.

It says it’s not of general application and is also subject to external monitoring.

Shannonside TD calls for criminal investigation into tracker mortgage scandal

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A Shannonside TD, who is a member of the Oireachtas finance committee, had called for a criminal investigation into the tracker mortgage scandal.

This week the head of the Central Bank was grilled over the tracker mortgage scandal, with over 10,000 people affected by the various banks decision to change customers’ mortgages without their knowledge.

Earlier this week the banks were warned by the Taoiseach that they would have to pay back all money owed immediately and that the situation must be rectified.

Longford Westmeath TD Peter Burke told the Joe Finnegan show that its time the Gardai got involved:

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No major rise in Shannon water levels this week ahead of Storm Ophelia

Water levels

The River Shannon has shown a slight increase in its water level across this region as Ireland gets ready for Storm Brian.

According to figures compiled by the Office of Public Works and available on water levels.ie, the height of the water at the Hodson bay station is currently just under three metres and the water level at the Athlone Weir this morning is just over three metres.

Ballinamore station is showing a staff level gauge of 1.52 metres this afternoon, a drop on figures recorded earlier this week in the hours after Storm Ophelia.

Between the 24th of September and the 1st of October the water level peaked in the last 35 days at 1.9 meters.

The Derrycahill figures show the current water level is 1.595 metres, down from a high of 1.8 metres in the last 35 days, recorded at the beginning of this month.

In Carrick-on-Shannon there has been a steady rise in water levels in the last week, with a reading this morning of 1.93 meters – a centimetre increase on figures for yesterday.

Live readings can be found at www.waterlevels.ie

Roscommon drivers praised as none caught speeding during Slow Down day

Speeding

Gardai have praised drivers passing through a checkpoint in Roscommon today for observing the speed limit.

Gardaí and GoSafe between 7am and 8.30am monitored the speed of 18,420 vehicles with 44 cars detected travelling in excess of the applicable speed limit.

However, not a single driver who passed Go safe van on the ·N5 at Portahard in Roscommon was found to be speeding and all drivers who passed the checkpoint on the N4 at Rockingham Demesne in Cootehall were also below the limit.

It was just one of four areas countrywide this morning where all drivers kept below the limit.

Of the 44 drivers caught speeding, one motorist was observed driving at 120km/h in a 100km/h Zone on the N4 at Lackan in Edgeworthstown and another was observed doing 90km/h in a 80km/h Zone on the R194 at Ballynacross Granard Longford.

Revenue reveals drugs found in latest Longford raid smuggled from Spain

Cannabis

The Revenue Commissioners has revealed that drugs found in a search of a house in Edgewortshtown this week originated in Spain.

A man in his 50s, as well as two women, in their 30s and 50s remain in custody in Longford Garda station following the raid yesterday morning that uncovered 6KG of herbal cannabis.

The revenue commissioners have revealed the raid was part of ongoing operations to target the drug importation trade in Longford.

Investigations are continuing and the revenue is asking anyone who may have further information about smuggling to contact Revenue’s Confidential Freephone 1800 295 295.

Angela Flynn (nee Carew)

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Angela Flynn (nee Carew)

Toher, Ballinasloe and formerly Kilrickle, Loughrea.

Reposing in Grenham’s Funeral Home, Ballinasloe tomorrow (Sat) from half past three with Removal at six o’clock, to St. Ronan’s Church, Taughmaconnell.

Funeral Mass on Sunday morning at eleven o’clock, followed by burial in local cemetery.

 

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