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Irish Water answers some Questions

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Irish Water held an information session for Councillors from the mid East Region where they answered some questions. Cllr Derek Mitchell asked about the water shortages in Greystones the last 2 Springs when silica feeding algae occurred. ‘I have been very concerned that the large town of Greystones has had the water cut off at night and have been trying to get some answers and a written plan prepared for 6 months. It was explained that there was always enough water in the Main pipe but it did not flow…

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Greystones School Capacity and Location

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Ruari Quinn TD, Minister for Education and Science. Dear Ruari, Greystones School Capacity and Location I think that the Department is not putting the schools in the correct locations and I also get a number of people having difficulty finding a school place. Primary. The new part of the town is in the South (Charlesland 1600 high density homes and other close by estates 800 homes). The new schools are in the North, 5.6km away. The 3 older schools in the centre have been extended, often by getting permission at…

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Mitchell asks Council to allow CHANCE to save more dogs from dog pound.

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Press Release Mitchell asks Council to allow CHANCE to save more dogs from dog pound.   ‘I have asked the Council to allow voluntary group CHANCE to help save more dogs from being killed in the Wicklow dog pound’ CHANCE have offered to photograph every dog, put this on their Facebook page and send it to their list of fosterers and rescuers. 79 dogs were killed in the Wicklow pound last year which seems a high number to me and I would like to see the number reduced. So far…

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Greystones Coast Guard Station Delay

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Press Release Greystones Coastguard Station Delay Tuesday’s meeting of Greystones Town Council was told that the CoastGuard station would be delayed. In July The Minister for Public Works, Brian Hayes, T.D. had agreed to invite tenders this year on the basis that funding would be available in 2013. However funding is not now available in 2013 and the tendering will be delayed. ‘I am very disappointed by this further delay as the OPW have wasted 3 years in pointless bureaucratic procedures’. The meeting was also told that the Primary Health…

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Cllr Mitchell welcomes new credit card size driving licences for January 2013

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Derek Mitchell has stated. “A new plastic card licence will also be issued to new applicants from January 2013. This will hopefully reduce the incidents of fraud, and will also be easier for drivers to carry their licences in their wallets as the current ones are too large” he added. “Work is well advanced on preparing for the transition to the new system,” the Councillor added….

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Council collects 300 Refuse Sackfuls from N11

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The Council has mostly completed collecting the litter manually and with the suction sweeper truck and also weedkilling on most of the N11 which has cost €20,000 so far. Collected items include 20 bags of soiled nappies and 300 refuse sacks of general litter, a considerable quantity of which was on the central reservation where it is difficult to collect. Mostly it must have been flung from cars. ‘It is disgraceful that people are behaving like this and scarce public money is being wasted cleaning it up’

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Mitchell urges YES vote in ‘Good Housekeeping Treaty’

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Every householder knows that they cannot spend more than they earn for long. Yet as a country we have been consistently spending 8% more than we earn. This Treaty is primarily about the sensible national policy of ‘Living Within Our Means’ The election results in France and Greece will bring turbulence to the Euro Area with Greece probably having to leave the Euro in a chaotic way. Because our economy has been so messed up we are going to need the assistance of our EU friends, especially Germany, to get…

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Household Charge Deadline should be extended. ‘Tax Cheat’ T.Ds should be fined now

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Cllr Derek Mitchell said that the deadline for paying this should be extended by a month to enable people plenty of time to pay before penalties. There has been confusion in people’s minds. However I am very critical of left wing and Sinn Fein T.Ds being ‘tax cheats’ by refusing to pay. Many of them are paid over €100,000 a year from taxes paid by ordinary workers and it is outrageous that they refuse to pay their share and are urging others not to pay while taking their salaries. I…

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