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Unanimous cross-party support received for N4/N5 motorway upgrade project from Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport Tourism and Sport.

A grouping titled the N4/N5 Joint Affiliated Chambers comprising nine Chambers of Commerce and Industry from the Midlands, West and North-West of Ireland today met with the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Transport Tourism and Sport. The aim of the session was to highlight the necessity to include the N4/N5 motorway upgrade project in the mid-term Capital Programme review currently been undertaken by the government.
Councillor Seamus Butler of Longford Chamber of Commerce and industry introduced the members of the delegation to the Committee and indicated that this was a key piece of infrastructure for a wide region of the country. Mr Butler stated “This project has the potential to increase development opportunities and bring new business to the region now and into the future.”
Dr. Brian McCann of Sligo IT gave detailed evidence to the committee in relation to the necessity for a road upgrade to the regions primarily since the N4/N5 corridor is one of the main arterial routes in the country and the last one to be developed. Professor McCann highlighted significant statistics supporting the argument for the upgrade of the roads, not least that part of the road network there is currently running at 120% capacity.
Ciaran Corcoran, Site Director of Abbott Longford and currently President of Ibec in the Midlands region provided his overview on how adequate road infrastructure dovetailed with economic and inward investment into the country and indeed the regions serviced by these roads.
A recommendation made by Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony which was seconded by Fiánna Fail TD, Robert Tory and supported by all parties attending the Committee will see a recommendation that Minister includes the project in the upcoming Capital Programme review. Chairman of the Committee, Brendan Griffin of Fine Gael also indicated that he would ensure that minutes of the meeting would be forwarded to Minister Ross and Minister Donohoe such was the importance of the project.
The next stage of the programme to move this project forward will be a request to meet with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, TD and Minister Donohoe to impress upon them the importance of this project.
Commenting following the meeting Derek Scanlon, President of Longford Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated “The investment required for the design stage of the next phase of the project from Mullingar to the Leitrim border is in the order of only €5 million over the next three years. That level of investment will see the project ready for CPO and construction once funding becomes available. This project has the potential to impact positively the entire Midlands, West and North-West region for decades to come.”


A Discussion on Retail Excellence
Longford County Council, in conjunction with Longford Chamber of Commerce, is delighted to announce that David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive Officer of Retail Excellence, will visit Longford on Tuesday 30 May for A Discussion on Retail Excellence. The seminar which is open to anyone involved directly or indirectly in retailing in the County will be held in the Longford Arms Hotel on Tuesday May 30 at 6:30pm.
David was involved with the establishment of Retail Excellence in 1995, when he worked with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce. David oversees the strategic direction and operations of this not for profits organisation. Retail Excellence is Ireland’s largest retail industry body representing the interests of 1,600 leading companies who employ 110,000 people in the Irish market. David sits on a number of global retail committees including the NRF Global Retail Council. John will give an honest assessment of what is needed in Longford to raise the County’s profile as a retail destination.
This event will provide an opportunity to begin the conversation around developing a road map for the continued development of our retail sector, improvements in public realm and positive engagement with consumers. It will also provide an opportunity to build on the recently launched Framework for Town Centre Renewal. The event will also to consider the challenges and opportunities for those involved in the retail business and look at positive ways to attract consumers to the towns and villages in the county. David will make a short presentation after which attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and debate issues relevant to their own businesses. A reception will be held after the event to facilitate networking and sharing of ideas.


We would be delighted if you could join us.

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Chamber launches ‘Blue & Gold’ shopping promotion for festival weekend As part of this year’s Longford Summer Festival, the Chamber of Commerce and the Festival have teamed up to launch the ‘Blue & Gold Weekend’. It is basically ‘Black Friday’ with sunshine (hopefully!) and promises to be a major shopping and promotional initiative for the county town. The festival runs over the weekend of Thursday –Sunday, June 22-25 and organisers are encouraging all traders to get involved. It coincides with the start of the traditional sale season and as such should be a great opportunity to promote additional sale incentives. It is very easy for businesses to take part, simple DM us here. There is a nominal cost of just €50 for taking part.

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Longford Summer Festival is poised to make a welcome return to the streets of Longford this month. This year’s festival will cost in excess of €50k to run and to help offset the cost two fundraising events will take place later this month. There is an eagerly awaited Longford X Factor night in the Longford Arms when top local acts will take to the stage and raise money for the festival. Amongst those taking part are young Tyler Murphy, who was one of the runners-up in this year’s Youth Factor in conjunction with the Attic House project. Others will include Longford’s very own Elvis, Pat ‘Barlo’ Harvey and promising singer/songwriter, Joe Reilly. Young mother Denise McNamara Flood has an incredible voice and is another act well worth hearing on the night. Many will remember when local Councillor, Peggy Nolan, starred in a number of shows for St Mel’s Musical Society and Peggy is also making a welcome return to the stage for one night only. One of the town’s great entertainers is Danny O’Hara and he will belt out a few nostalgic numbers on the night whilst Larry O Keefe is likely to give us his version of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin favourites. It won’t be own singing either as local publican, Mickey Byrne will be dusting down his comedy routine for one night only whilst the coming weeks will see the organisers unveil a sensational young dance act for the one night only show. Admission on the night will cost €15 with children free. In addition to the votes from the three judges, the audience will also get to vote for for their favourite act with each vote costing €1. The interval entertainment will be provided by Longford Gospel Choir and all in all it promises to be a great night. For more details on the Longford X Factor night, the identity of the remaining acts and for more on the upcoming Festival and its fundraising events check out their facebook page, Longford Summer Festival.

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Fabiani will be open from 11am tomorrow and on Monday morning from 8.30am!!
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