What will the politicans do for Boyle?
The calling of a general election is now only a matter of weeks or days away. Some politicans have been out on the canvas already, knocking on doors and promising the sun, moon and stars to those who whom they have visited. But when the electioneering gets into full swing, make sure and ask every politician who calls to your home “what are you going to do for Boyle”. Ask them will they give an assurance that they will endeavour to get the Garda Station reopened or at least opened on more suitable hours? Will they ensure the manning numbers of Boyle Garda Station are maintained at pre closure levels? Will they commit to meeting Enterprise Ireland and other state bodies to ensure Boyle gets some form of a positive jobs announcement? and make sure to also ask them what will they do to increase the number of people living in our town so new businesses can set up here and existing businesses can benefit from increased footfall?
A novel broadband idea for the town
The subject of broadband in Boyle has been very much to the fore in recent times. In addition, the weekly poll here on Boyletoday.com shows that 66% of respondents are not happy with their broadband coverage locally. One viewer has contacted us on the subject with what could have been a novel broadband solution and one which would, in hindsight, have made Boyle a technology leader. The viewer suggested that the town should have utilised the old telephone boxes as wifi hotspots, similar to what has taken place in New York. Unfortunately the phone boxes are now gone to their eternal reward but is the viewers idea gone with the boxes? Perhaps the phone lines are still connected to the spot where the phoneboxes once stood and something can still be done to get wifi hotspots in Boyle.
Are smaller helicopters the answer?
We have become accustomed here in Boyle to the sight and sound of the Strandhill based Sikorsky Rescue 118 and Athlone based Augusta Westland Medevac 112 helicopters as they complete medical evacuations from the Abbey Park or College field landing zones in the town. Most recently, on Wednesday night to be exact, the Sikorsky could be heard transisting Boyle around 4.30am on it’s way to Athlone to search for a person who entered the river Shannon. We all agree that the service these helicopters and their crew provide is one of invaluable assistance to which many from Boyle owe their lives, but one has to question the suitability of the aircrafts used for the jobs required. Surely a smaller type helicopter, like those used by HEMS in the UK would be best suited. While the service provided by both aircraft currently in use is of the highest standard available, a smaller aircraft would be a lot cheaper to bring to Boyle and other areas than the larger aircraft currently in use.
Work continues on Boyle Lough Key Cycleway
Plans that commenced on the proposed cycleway from Lough Key Forest Park to Boyle in 2015 will continue in 2016, with hopes that the idea can become a reality. While funding has been approved for Knockvicar to Lough Key section, a hard working number of local people are meeting behind the scenes to ensure the cycleway will continue onto Boyle. A route has been selected and meetings are currently taking place. At this stage it is best to let the process take it’s course and not speculate on what will happen. As we all know, idle speculation and the publication of inaccuracies has cost this town dearly in the past.
A London lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a member of an Garda Siochana.
He thinks that he is smarter than the cop because he is a lawyer, from London, and is certain that he has a better education than any Paddy cop.
He decides to prove this to himself and have some fun at the Garda’s expense!!
Garda says,’ License and registration, please.’
London Lawyer says, ‘What for?’
Garda replies, ‘You didn’t come to a complete stop at the Stop sign.
London Lawyer says, ‘I slowed down, and no one was coming.’
Garda says, ‘You still didn’t come to a complete stop. License and registration, please.’
London Lawyer says, ‘What’s the difference?’
Garda says, ‘The difference is, you have to come to complete stop, that’s the law. License and registration, please!’
London Lawyer says, ‘If you can show me the legal difference between ‘slow down’ and ‘stop’, I’ll give you my license and registration and you give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don’t give me the ticket.
Garda says, ‘Sounds fair. Exit your vehicle, sir.’
The London lawyer exits his vehicle.
The Garda takes out his baton and starts beating the crap out of the lawyer with it and says, ‘Do you want me to stop, or just slow down?’