My @newrossstandard clippings: @EducateTogether, #EugeneONeill fest, Housing, Transparency, Finance, SF Motion

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Towards a #UnitedIreland National Conference: Sat 24/Feb 12noon reg. 1pm start. Cork City Hall. #UnityRef

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Problems with Proposed amendments to Standing Orders 53 & 54

  • Either a meeting is public, or it isn’t;
  • It is quite acceptable that some meetings are “in committee” – data protection, robust commentary and lack of showboating eg – and these proposed rules should apply then;
  • If a meeting is in public view, what basis is there for restricting the manner in which the meeting is noted/details are repeated?
  • Accurate details are to the benefit of cllrs who might otherwise be misrepresented;
  • It is not clear whether this applies to just cllrs, or the public gallery (including reporters) or both; how do you “discipline” a reporter or a member of the public?
  • It’s not clear that this is even technically enforceable, from a technological or legal standpoint, by virtue of the following example:
  1. This is a blog post, being written before the council meeting;
  2. It is being scheduled to post online, during the council meeting;
  3. This blog is automatically linked to a Twitter account; any new blog post will be automatically tweeted;
  4. So, my Twitter account will post during the meeting, even though I won’t be using a device to do so then; do these amendments refer to this, or not – and if not, why not? It’s not clear;
  5. In addition: does “social media” refer even to a blog post? A website comment?How and why?
  6. This may seem trivial, but it’s not (I’ve done it): will a cllr be disciplined for posting eg a library event, during the tea break?
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FYI, Average Wexford Co. Cllr Pay & Expenses last year: FG €31,624 | FF €29,532 | Lab €25,480 | Non €24,427 | SF €22,708 | PbP €21,674

Table shows individual cllr pay & expense, averaged among number of councillors per party affiliation

(All figures and calculations rounded to nearest euro; PbP has 1 Cllr, sum of outgoing & incoming; SF includes retiring cllr full year)

  1. Fine Gael (9 Cllrs): €31,624
  2. Fianna Fáil (11 Cllrs): €29,531
  3. Labour (2 Cllrs): €25,480
  4. Non-Party (6 Cllrs): €24,427
  5. Sinn Féin (5 Cllrs): €22,708
  6. People before Profit (1 Cllr): €21,674
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Recent news clippings: dumping, Anti-Social behaviour, WD-WX railway/greenway, broadband, & PESCO

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@IFAmedia Workshop: Employee Management & Legalities, 14/Feb

Maldron Hotel, Wexford 6.30-10.30pm

€50. Call 058 75000 to book

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Fisheries Local Area Development Scheme: deadline 5pm 15/Mar,local,area,group,development,flag,2016,-,2023/

Are you interested in:

  • Adding value to fishery and aquaculture products
  • Creating/maintaining jobs in coastal areas
  • Promoting innovation in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Supporting diversification within coastal communities
  • Lifelong learning, attracting young people into fisheries, aquaculture, and marine related careers and activities
  • Promoting social well-being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas
  • Promoting best environmental practices
  • Strengthening the role and governance of fisheries communities in local development.

Anyone considering submitting an application to the FLAG scheme is advised to contact Mr. John Hickey, Regional Fisheries Development Officer in advance on (087) 6295047 or

How to apply:

Deadline: 5pm, 5/March

Also for your information:

FLAG SOUTH EAST Area Strategy (Coastal communities of Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford)

Wexford Local Economic and Community Plan, High Level Goal 6 is to

protect and sensitively utilise our natural, built and cultural heritage and together with the Arts, realise their economic potential

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Social Enterprise Development Fund 2018 – 8 awards up to €50,000: deadline 28/Mar 5pm


The applicant must be a social enterprise with a not-for-profit legal form. Social enterprises are defined as organisations that:

• Have a clear social mission and make a social impact

• Generate income from goods or services

• Reinvest any surplus in achieving their mission

• Are separate from government or state agencies

More information:

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