Bank of Ireland announces changes to Offaly branch services and new partnership with An Post

Bank of Ireland is announcing changes to branch services in Offaly, with the closure of its Banagher, Clara and Edenderry branches from September and a new partnership with An Post providing banking services locally. The changes are in response to significant trends in how people are banking – Bank of Ireland is closing a number […]

Niall Breslin launches ‘Marathon Mind’ exclusively available on Spotify Where Is My Mind? Podcast

Today, Monday, March 1st, Niall Breslin launches a unique and ambitious project on the Where Is My Mind? podcast that will document the journey of four individuals as they train for one of the most testing of all endurance events, a Marathon.   In 2021, Niall, alongside a team of passionate professionals, will be coaching, training and […]

Bank of Ireland Closure of Branches a Slap in the Face for Rural Ireland – IFA

IFA President Tim Cullinan said today’s announcement from Bank of Ireland is very disappointing news for farming and rural communities.   “This comes as a slap in the face to farmers and rural communities who rely on local branches for banking services. We estimate that over 80% of the branches identified for closure are in […]

Macra na Feirme welcomes 20 additional Teagasc teaching positions

Macra na Feirme welcomes the recent announcement that the Department of Agriculture, have secured approval for 20 additional full time 2-year contract teaching posts for Teagasc to support Green Certificate education. “Education of young farmers is one of the reasons Ireland is a world leader in agriculture. The ongoing dedication to agricultural education by the […]

Proposed Microgeneration Scheme a Missed Opportunity

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said the barriers to farm based microgeneration must be removed from the proposed Microgeneration Support Scheme (MSS).   “The scheme as currently proposed won’t work. The scope needs to be widened,” he said.   IFA has made a detailed submission in response to the request for consultation on the proposed […]

Peter McVerry Trust Housing First Delivery in the Midlands

The national housing and homeless charity, Peter McVerry Trust, has announced that it has met its Housing First target in the Midlands for 2020. In its first year since signing the three-year contract, the charity has created 11 Housing First tenancies across the Midlands. Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “We are delighted […]

EPA continued to provide essential environmental enforcement activities during the Covid-19 pandemic using innovative approaches

The EPA employed a range of tools to assess compliance at licensed sites during 2020 and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including the innovative use of Remote Compliance Assessments. Odour complaints about licensed facilities rose dramatically in 2020, peaking in April.  Overall, there was a 92% increase in complaints received by the EPA. The EPA continued […]

Macra members share their experiences of working from home

Covid-19 has changed the way we approach our workday with many commutes being eliminated allowing for that time to be used differently. In the recent Macra na Feirme Rural Youth Survey those working in rural Ireland outside of farming were asked a series of questions concerning their work/life balance and the impact of Covid-19 on […]

LIT Students design special programme to help people over 60 get involved in virtual exercise classes

Final Year Students of LIT’s Applied Strength and Conditioning BA Honours Course, along with lecturer Dr Eoin Everard, have developed a special programme to help senior members of the community get involved in virtual exercise classes. The specially developed six-week course will not only include two exercise classes per week, but one-on-one assistance from the […]

New Child Rights Strategy must tackle cyberbullying – Sean Kelly MEP

The EU’s forthcoming Child Rights Strategy, due to be published in March, must include a clear focus on digital safety, literacy and empowerment for youth in order to combat cyberbullying which can have very tragic consequences, Seán Kelly MEP has said on Safer Internet Day (9 February).   The Ireland South MEP has continuously advocated […]

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