# Michael Ring

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# fuel costs
Carbon tax increase should be deferred due to surging fuel costs, ex-minister says
Mayo TD Michael Ring said ‘we are facing into an uncertain winter’.
# town centre living
Why don't people live in rural town centres? Six towns were given €100k to see why - here's what they said
A pilot initiative from the government gave six rural towns €100,000 to develop proposals aimed at rejuvenating town centres.
# Libraries
€200k investment being made into provision of library e-books and e-audiobooks, Ring announces
This is in additional to the already allocated €200,000 which was invested at the beginning of the crisis.
# Cancelled
Tidy Towns groups can still get funding despite competition being cancelled
The annual competition was one of the many events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
# Older People
Elderly and vulnerable reach out as helplines receive 8,000 calls for assistance
ALONE charity received 3,121 calls in four days.
# coronoavirus
Minister: 'Please stop putting messages up online that are frightening young and old'
The government is engaging with social media companies about the spread of misinformation.
# westport
€241 million to be spent building dual carriageway and improving roads in Mayo
The project is the largest investment of public money in Co Mayo in the history of the State.
# Clár funding
Fine Gael minister awards highest level of money from government rural funding scheme to own constituency
Mayo received over 10% of the total money awarded as part of the Clár funding scheme since 2016.
# Water warning
Water warning issued for swimmers as the warm weather continues
The government is asking people to be aware of the risks of drowning.
# Tourism
Fancy a stroll? Walkways and trails around Ireland are getting an upgrade
Nearly 80 projects have been approved for funding.
# keeping it local
Fine Gael minister allocates one eighth of a national money pot to his own constituency
Michael Ring’s home county of Mayo received €216,000 in the recent allocation of the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme.
# euthanisation
Number of dogs being 'put down' by pounds falls by 40%
The numbers of dogs being euthanised has fallen significantly since 2002 when 21,000 were put down.
# planes trains and automobiles
Here are just some of the project promises the government plan to deliver in the next 10 years
Ministers met today for a special Cabinet meeting to discuss some of the large-scale projects they want to roll-out in the years to come.
# Bóthar Doirefhearta
A bureaucratic mix-up is delaying much-needed repairs to a Connemara road
Flooding in the past week has made the road’s conditions significantly worse, and locals are calling for lights to be installed.
# passing the parcel
Independent TD threatens to withdraw support for government over post office closures
It is feared that post offices around the country are set to close in the near future.
# parks and recreation
€500,000 to be invested in boosting tourism at Ireland's national parks
The funding will focus on the five national parks and five nature reserves along the Wild Atlantic Way, as well as Wicklow National Park.
# Friday
We'll Leave it There So: Bayern's dressing room mole, caffeine supplements in cycling and all today’s sport
Meanwhile, a regulatory body for MMA in Ireland looks set to be established.
# Regulators mount up
A regulatory body for MMA in Ireland now looks very much on the cards
Sports minister Michael Ring says a governing body for the sport would be “welcomed” by MMA itself.
# Friday
We'll Leave It There So: Madigan on turning down Munster, positive step for MMA and all today's sport
Elsewhere, poor ticket sales for the weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals and how AC Milan got it so wrong at the San Siro.
# caution
MMA event in Dublin cancelled for 'insurance and legal purposes'
‘WCFC Road to Dublin’ had been due to take place at the Wright Venue in Swords.
# Claim
Minister for Sport on MMA tragedy: 'I saw this coming'
Michael Ring says he has had “grave concerns” about the sport for a long time.
# a weekend in mayo
'Up Fianna Fáil, we're back!': How the party reclaimed 'Fine Gael country'
The recovery that happened wasn’t the one Fine Gael had in mind.
# Nothing To See Here
Alan Kelly is fine with John Delaney telling Tipperary people to vote for him
The Environment Minister’s trip around Tipperary with the FAI boss has sparked a political controversy.
# Céad Míle Fáilte
Drum roll please: These are the top tourist towns in Ireland
Did your area make the cut?
# GE16
Enda Kenny is about to contest his 12th general election
The Taoiseach, needless to say, had little trouble getting his name on the ticket for the Mayo constituency.
# the new atlantic way
Is your county getting funding as part of 'Ireland's Ancient East'?
€1.2 million is going to be split between 12 projects.
# Lockdown
"I think they should stay away" - Minister on St Patrick's Day drunkeness
Michael Ring says that excessive drinking should not spoil the celebrations.
# Must be the money
Did your local sports club get some of the Government's €40 million today?
880 projects have received funding in the 2014 Sports Capital Programme, the Government announced today.
# festival fun
Over 175 regional festivals to benefit from €500k Fáilte Ireland funding
The funding will support music, sport, food and cultural festivals around the country.
# Funding
The Government will invest €7.4 million in grassroots soccer, rugby and GAA this year
Irish Sports Council funding aims to encourage and create opportunities for young people.
# on a visit
The Gathering-lite? Government propose new plan to keep the Diaspora visiting
€3 million is being provided to support 700 local community-based events and festivals each year.
# Data Breach
Stolen credit cards may have been used fraudulently in Loyaltybuild breach
The Taoiseach and Minister of State for Tourism are calling for companies to put extra resources into protecting customer’s card details.
# Email whoops
PIC: This Minister has approved funding for a swimming pool, are you OK with that?
The press release subject line asks the important question…
# Fitness
Adult participation in sport in Ireland continues to rise
However, participation is falling dramatically among 16-19 year olds.
# Seanad
Confusion and not obstruction was reason for government’s defeat in the Seanad
Why did the government lose a vote in the Seanad last night? Here’s what we’ve found out today.
# Seanad
Government loses Seanad vote on upward only rent reviews
The Government lost the vote on Senator Fergal Quinn’s Private Member’s Bill by 27-23.
# Tourism
Want an adventure? Try climbing Croagh Patrick, surfing Mullaghmore and horse-riding at Castle Leslie
That’s what the Lonely Planet guide would tell you to do in Ireland, anyway.
# Visit Ireland
Varadkar wants your views on the future of Irish tourism
In the year of The Gathering, Leo Varadkar and Michael Ring are looking for people to answer “challenging questions” about Irish tourism.
# Shakedown
Is The Gathering actually working?
Central Statistic Office figures show tourism has increased by four per cent.
# Happy Birthday
EXCLUSIVE: Pictures from Enda and Eamon's joint birthday party*