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Ups and downs for South Galway in 2009

Review Flooding in South Galway and across the country in late November caused widespread disruption and damage. As well as costing millions of euro to local authorities, the deluge resulted in flood damage to homes, businesses, infrastructure, buildings and rendered thousands of acres of farmland inaccessible or unusable. The flooding caused closures of sections of the N18 Galway to Limerick Road and detours were implemented for motorists.

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Community development group in appeal to councillors

ENNIS Community Development Project (CDP) is appealing to all local councillors and TDs to examine the impact on the most marginal and disenfranchised communities of the possible reduction of the number of CDPs nationally.Chairman of Ennis CDP, Dermot Hayes, has described Government plans as “another blow to the communities who need to participate and engage at decision-making”. “The implications of closures are stark. Disadvantaged communities will be further undermined and there will be consequences for employment, training, education, and anti-social behaviour,” Mr Hayes claimed.He claimed Ennis CDP is cost effective. “The Government has announced it will reduce the number of CDPs nationally and is in the process of scrapping the national Community Development Plan. Community development will be subsumed into local development. We believe that there is every possibility that this will mean the loss of valuable skills and experience built up over the last 20 years of the programme. This programme was designed by Government to directly target disadvantage …

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