Last Updated: 12 Mar 2012
At the AGM of Athy Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 6th March, Conor Winkle was selected as the Chambers new President. Speaking to the meeting following his selection Mr Winkle acknowledged the challenges facing businesses in the town and outlined some of the issues which the chamber would begin working on straight away. First on the agenda was pay parking which all present felt needed to be changed so that it could be used to help entice shoppers back into the town.
A lively discussion followed during which members of the business community put forward issues and ideas which they felt the chamber should work on over the coming year.
Guest chairperson for the evening Cllr. Richard Daly said that the business people of Athy needed strong representation and hoped that the AGM would mark a turning point for the chamber which had been in decline in recent years.
The chamber intends to hold regular meetings for business people in the town over the next year and business people are urged to contact the new President via the chamber website if they are interested in taking part and to ensure that the chamber has their up to date contact details.
Last Updated: 29 May 2011
On behalf of Athy Chamber, I write confirming our support and ongoing admiration of TriAthy.
The inaugural TriAthy in 2007 was universally acclaimed as a great success and each year since TriAthy has grown and is a credit to its organisers and to our town. Each year, our businesses, townspeople and the competitors speak highly of the event, its organisation and its promotion of our town. The event shows our town in a good light, demonstrating the attractions of the magnificent river Barrow and our other town features. Athy is a great town in which to live, work and enjoy leisure pursuits.
This year’s TriAthy will take place over the June bank holiday weekend and Athy Chamber asks everyone to, again, come together to show the event and our town in its best light and support all those who are competing and organising the event.
Promoting our town is an ongoing requirement of our businesses and townspeople. With each year of the event, Athy Town Council and our townspeople have contributed a lot and these efforts must be repeated and renewed this year to use TriAthy as a springboard for our town to the rest of our country and to the international community.
National and international press coverage is guaranteed for the event. National and International competitors have again entered this year and the event has been designated on the Triathlon calendar as the Irish Olympics Distance Championship
Visually the town should be shown in its most attractive state, thus Athy Chamber asks that a significant clean up be undertaken immediately and that local businesses, our townspeople and Athy Town Council keep their premises clean and tidy and that the streets of the town should be cleaned before during and after the event. This will entail the Council ensuring that litter bins and streets are kept clean b.
Athy Chamber supports the promotion of the town and for the forthcoming event, asks all its members and non members to hang a flag on their premises thus providing a colour to the town’s streets and premises. This simple advertising promotional feature brings colour and pride to our town over the June bank holiday weekend.
We also encourage all who visit our town to frequent our businesses and our many restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars and hostelries and experience the great attractions in our town.
Support our town, our people, our great events and festivals.
Paul A. Cunningham.
Last Updated: 10 May 2011
180 jobs on TúS Scheme for County Kildare
County Kildare LEADER Partnership has this week announced the first stage of the roll out of the TÚS Programme for County Kildare. The new scheme will provide community work placement for 180 long term unemployed in the county over the coming months.
Announcing the rollout of the programme Mr. Justin Larkin CEO County Kildare LEADER Partnership stated that the company had received approval for the immediate employment of two supervisors and the first 40 participants. “We are currently recruiting two supervisors who will be based in Naas and Athy and we hope to begin the process of placing unemployed people with community groups in the coming weeks” said Mr. Larkin. “We are also seeking applications from local community and voluntary groups in the Naas and Athy electoral areas who can provide good quality work experience” added Mr. Larkin.
The TÚS Programme was launched by the Department of Social Protection in December 2010 and will provide up to 5,000 placements nationally for long term unemployed people with community and voluntary groups. The Department of Social Protection will be responsible for contacting local unemployed people about the programme and County Kildare LEADER Partnership will work with local voluntary groups to ensure that work placements are consistent with the skills and experience of participants on the programme.
“Once the first 40 places are filled in Naas and Athy we expect to be in a position to roll the programme across the county in the coming months” added Mr. Larkin. County Kildare LEADER Partnership will be holding information sessions for local voluntary groups in the Naas electoral area and Athy electoral area on 18th / 19th April 2011 (see separate advertisement) to provide further information on the operation of the scheme.
For further information please contact Suzanne Wallace (045 861973) or Geraldine Hewson (045 895450) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 05 May 2011
Annual River Barrow Clean Up - 14th May
Athy Tidy Towns Group is organising their annual clean up of the banks of the River Barrow to take place on Saturday, 14th May next. They are seeking the help of all the community to come out and help out with the litter pick operation on the day.
The Tri Athy 2011 triathlon (www.triathy.com ( http://www.triathy.com/
)) is fast approaching and it is essential that the river will look at its best for the thousands of participants and visitors who will come to Athy.
The clean up is being organised in association with the Civil Defence, Athy District Anglers, Athy Chamber, North Barrow Branch (IWAI), Tri Athy organisers and the Town Council. The group will meet at the Courthouse at 9.45am and the clean up will continue until c. 2pm. They are inviting anyone (with even an hour to spare) to come out and join in on the day.
For further details please contact Ger Kelly, Chairman, Athy Tidy Towns
(Tel.: 085 8494342) or check the Tidy Towns Website www.athytidytowns.com ( http://www.athytidytowns.com/ )
Last Updated: 05 May 2011
Tuesday, 3rd May 2011
Schedule for Introduction of Domestic Water Meters Must be Fast-Tracked
Chambers Ireland has today (03/05/11) noted with disappointment reports that the Government will introduce flat rate water charges instead of residential water meters as committed to in the Programme for Government.
Seán Murphy, Chambers Ireland Deputy Chief Executive said, “The move towards the full implementation of a user pays principle is a positive step, however, in order to achieve real measurable savings water meters must be installed in all Irish households.”
“The introduction of user charges on a sliding scale based on consumption would result in water consumers becoming more mindful of water usage. It would also enable water providers to have a more predictable source of income to fund infrastructure investments and reduce the high levels of unaccounted for water loss in the Irish water system. Whilst flat rate charges will result in increased revenue, there is no incentive for users to monitor and adjust usage patterns.”
“The schedule for the installation of water meters must be brought forward via an incentivisation scheme for householders that will enable roll out within the time frame of 2012/2013 specified to meet EU/IMF requirements, change domestic user habits and provide much-needed employment opportunities to many of those who lost their jobs in the construction sector.”
“Finally, this new revenue line opening for water providers cannot be allowed to distract focus away from the need for more cost-containment measures from Local Authorities as identified in reports such as the Local Government Efficiency Review Group with a view to reducing pressure on the business community,” Murphy concluded.
Last Updated: 31 Mar 2011
Chambers Ireland Statement on Bank Stress Test Results
Chambers Ireland has said that the measures announced today (31/03/11) following the results of the Central’s Banks stress tests should mark the final chapter in Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crisis.
Ian Talbot, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive said, “The provisions announced are a necessary response to our economic and social needs and priorities. It is our hope that they will restore market confidence to the Exchequer, the banks and Ireland as a whole and enable us to draw a line under the turbulent economic climate of late to allow us all to move forward to the next phase of recovery and growth,” Talbot concluded.