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Ballinlough crash victim to be laid to rest












The young woman who died following a road traffic accident near Ballinlough last Friday will be laid to rest this Friday.

  Anne Grogan, above, of Cloonlough, Ballinlough, Co. Roscommon passed away in hospital on Monday due to injuries she sustained after the car she was driving was involved in a collision with a van and a lorry.

  Originally from Granlahan, Anne was in her early 30s and was married to Ciaran Grogan. The couple had three children: Oisín, Odrán and baby Áine.

  A teacher at Ballyhaunis Community School, Anne was also very involved with Michael Glavey’s GAA Club. The club posted a tribute on Tuesday evening.

  “It is with great sadness the Michael Glavey’s GAA family have learned of the untimely passing due to a tragic accident of our dear
Anne Grogan, née Keane.

  “Deepest sympathies are extended to her devoted husband Ciaran and their children Oisín, Odrán and baby Áine. To her parents Mattie and Phil, siblings Martin, Tommy, Mary, Sylvia, David and Jackie and her parents-in-law Joe and Breda and all her family members.

  “During her distinguished career with Michael Glavey’s she served as a player, winning many underage awards. Anne was a member of the team who won the junior championship in 2003 and intermediate championship in 2005 and All-County League, also in 2005.
  “She also represented the club with Roscommon minors in 2001/2002. To add to her playing accolades was a hugely successful managerial career which saw Anne coach many teams including our minor girls to win 4 county titles: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011. A dedicated club officer she served in many roles; as ladies secretary, treasurer and children’s officer, a position she held until her untimely passing.

  “Anne will be sadly missed by the whole community including the heartbroken members of our Michael Glavey’s club family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh d’anam dílis, a Áine agus go dtuga Dia suaimhneas na síoraíochta duit ar neamh, xx.’

  Ballyhaunis Community School described Anne as a much-loved member of the school community in a tribute on its website.

  “We will miss Anne’s dedication and professionalism as a teacher and, above all, we will miss her kindness and her warmth as a good friend.

  “Her loss is felt profoundly by the school community and this is only a shadow of the grief borne by her husband, children, parents, brothers and sisters”.

  Her remains will be reposing at McDonagh’s Funeral Home, Castlerea this evening (Thursday) from 4 pm to 7 pm. Funeral Mass will take place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballinlough at 1.30 pm tomorrow (Friday) with burial afterwards in the local cemetery. May she rest in peace.





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Drop in jobless total



The number of people signing on the Live Register in County Roscommon has dropped by 16% in the last year.

  Welcoming the news, Senator Frank Feighan said this amounts to around 420 people who are “back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live”.

  He added: “Since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the county’s Live Register has decreased locally by 46.4%.

  “This good news for Roscommon comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 200,000 nationally, the lowest since 2008. This figure represents a year on year decrease of 15.5%. Ireland is a stable, competitive, secure economy that is open for business”.




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‘Carbon tax increases would cripple rural Ireland’



Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice claims that any increase in the carbon tax in future Budgets would have the potential to “cripple those living in rural Ireland”.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice was heavily critical of An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and other politicians for supporting such measures.

  “If the tax was to increase to €80 per tonne, a total of 21.2c would be added to the price of a litre of diesel…then people in rural Ireland will be forced to carry the burden once again.

  “The Taoiseach has continued to repeat the line that the tax is not designed to take money out of people’s pockets, but rather to encourage a change in behaviour.

  “But people in rural Ireland – and especially farmers – will have an unfair burden to carry once again, compared to those living in cities.

  “It is obvious that those living in cities would find it easier to lead a low-carbon lifestyle versus a person living in the countryside.

  “People in cities have better access to public transport and are also likely to have a variety of services on their doorstep. On the other hand, a car is a necessity for someone living in rural Ireland.

  “It is ironic that the Taoiseach is advocating for an increase to the carbon tax at a time when rural bus routes are being cut and when pensioners are being forced to travel longer distances to get to post offices in order to collect their pensions,” he said.

  The Roscommon-Galway TD also believes any carbon tax increase would have an adverse effect on agriculture.

  “If the carbon tax was increased in the next Budget, the price of fuel would jump as well – further harming the already tight profit margins achieved by farmers when they bring their produce to market after months of labour.

  “This fuel hike would also see the price of food for all consumers rise, given that the produce is transported around the country by lorries.

  “It is evident that this notion that significant increases to the carbon tax in the next Budget will set us on the right path to bridging the gap to our EU climate change targets was dreamed up inside the M50, without any thought for those living in rural Ireland,” Deputy Fitzmaurice said.



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Naughten welcomes appointment of contractor for Coláiste Chiaráin


Independent TD Denis Naughten has welcomed the appointment of a contractor to build the new second level school, Coláiste Chiaráin, at Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.

  The Department of Education has now appointed JJ Rhatigan for what is a major building project which will see a completely new school designed to cater for up to 1,000 pupils from south Roscommon and the west side of Athlone.

  The new school will have 37 classrooms along with science laboratories, home economics room and a large PE hall.

  Denis Naughten said: “With the new school to be constructed on a 28-acre site, there is ample room for the development of sporting and other facilities, which will not only benefit the pupils of Coláiste Chiaráin but also the wider community”.

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