• There's some good news for residents of the Childers Heights estate in Ballina, as drainage works will start tomorrow to relieve flooding problems in the area.

    That's according to FG Councillor John O''Hara who says there are ongoing flooding problems in the area, which have impacted in the past on a local playschool, as well as residents.

    Councillor O'Hara says funding was allocated for the scheme earlier this year, and work will start next week

  • Funding of €169,000 has been sanctioned for a new playschool building in Aughleam, in north Mayo.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says the funding will go towards the construction of a new building for the local Naíonra, beside the local national school Scoil Bhreandáin.

    The naíonra is currently run from an old prefab building since opening in 2012 with 7 children.

    17 children are enrolled for the next school year, and the facility also hosts a breakfast club, after-school service and mother & toddler group.

  • A public meeting will be held in Ballycroy tonight at 8.30 pm to try and save the local playschool in the north Mayo village.

    Due to falling numbers of children attending the Naonra and after-school club, the facility is at imminent risk of closure, according to its operating committee.

    About 10 children currently attend the playschool, but most of these will start primary school in September, leaving just 4 in the Naonra, which is not sustainable.

    This also means the jobs of two fulltime childcare workers at the facility are at risk.

    The local committee believes the Government's policy on funding community childcare facilities should be different in such rural areas, than in urban centres, and says the current policy is not fit for purpose.