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[11 Apr 2014 | One Comment | ]

By Cianna McNally
Approximately 700 trees have been cut down in Rossmore Forest car park in the last two weeks due to frost damage a Coillte representative confirmed to the Northern Standard this week.
Resource Manager with Coillte Mary Treacy confirmed that the poplar trees, which were planted in 1970, had been badly damaged by the harsh winter conditions in December 2010 and January 2011 which caused the sap in the trees to freeze and split. An arborist who carried out a report on behalf of Coillte recommended that the trees should …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Representatives of the childcare sector in Co Monaghan who intensively lobbied the members of Monaghan Co Council in recent weeks on the issue of rates being imposed on service providers were always going to be pushing an open door – and one, in the times that’s in it, held even more invitingly ajar by the imminence of the local government elections.
The councillors at their meeting on Monday gave emphatic unanimous support to the case made to them – and it is a case with elements that are compelling …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness gets an unexpected electioneering lift courtesy of local man Francis Meehan during her party’s canvass of Monaghan Town centre last Thursday.
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar looks on approvingly at the chosen mode of conveyance while local election candidate Barra Flynn and Cavan/Monaghan TD Sean Conlan pause in their trawl of Monaghan voters to enjoy the light-hearted moment.
Ms McGuinness is bidding to retain her European seat for her party in the sprawling Midlands North West constituency – a 16-county trek on which some …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Calls were made at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council for heightened vigilance and procedures to be implemented at polling stations in the county for the local government elections on Friday, May 23 to prevent abuse of the electoral system.
North Monaghan Independent councillor Seamus Treanor said that agents and candidates escorting people into the ballot area, and even the ballot booth, which he had witnessed on the occasion of the last local elections in the county, was entirely unacceptable.
Colr Treanor said he had tabled a question at the …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie
WINDSOR CASTLE
It was never a place he expected to be wining or dining in, GAA president-elect Aogán Ó Fearghail admitted to the Northern Standard yesterday evening — but he reckons he probably got a feed or two at a chipper down the road from it about 20 years ago!
The Drumgoon native had the honour of representing Cumann Lúthchleas Gael at Tuesday night’s historic banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth in the castle’s stately St George’s Hall, where her guest of honour, President Michael D Higgins …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

The serious state of deterioration of a section of the road structure of Co Monaghan prompted support at Monday’s meeting of Monaghan Co Council for a Fianna Fáil urgent business motion asking Environment Minister Phil Hogan to make an immediate funding allocation to the authority to tackle the problem.
The motion highlighted the large number of roads in the county that were “currently impassable” and would see no repairs carried out on them this year, and requested Minister Hogan to immediately allocate funding to the Council to allow …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

Intensive lobbying from the childcare sector in Co Monaghan resulted in the members of Monaghan Co Council on Monday supporting the demand that crèches, pre-schools and similar facilities in the county be regarded as education providers and made exempt from having commercial rates levied upon them.
Fears were expressed during the debate that a number of such centres could close as a result of rates demands, while others would be forced to increase the cost of childcare provision that parents in the county had to meet.
A motion from the …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Knockatallon Ramblers in association with the Coonian Ramblers will host its popular annual Boots n Bogs walking festival on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April 2014.
Based in the scenic Sliabh Beagh area, the club invites anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside to come along. Both the Three County Hollow walk and shorter Tra walk will start together and proceed at a leisurely pace.
The 15km Three County Hollow walk on Saturday starts from the Sliabh Beagh Hotel, Knockatallon. Steeped in local myth and legend, the Sliabh Beagh Way meanders …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

By Mary Grimes
Last Sunday saw our county seniors have a rare off-day as they went down by 0-9 to 0-12 to Mayo in round seven of the NFL.
The county’s defeat at the weekend doesn’t however alter the fact that Monaghan have already qualified for the national league semi-final on April 27th next when they will meet Dublin.
Meanwhile our county under 14s had no better luck than our seniors on Saturday last.
The girls took on a very strong and well drilled Cavan side in round one of the competition and came …

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[11 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

“Job done” would be the two words that sum up Monaghan’s Allianz National Football League Division Two win over Galway last Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY
Monaghan needed only to avoid a heavy defeat to secure a top-two place and the way other results went meant they would have been promoted regardless on their head-to-head record against Meath, but the way they dug out another win showed the character of this team.
A highly-motivated Galway side, who needed a result to ensure they stayed up, had kicked three unanswered points to …