A Longford company has won an eight-year battle to provide a special driver training course in the county for the very first time.
The Hynes Quinn school of motoring had applied almost a decade ago to try and provide the Transport Manager CPC course, which is required by anyone who wishes to operate as a haulier or a transport company.
The course, which is normally run over a number of weeks, has previously only been available in select locations, and was not offered by any company in Longford or Leitrim.
However, following the intervention of Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice, the Department of Transport last week confirmed that the Longford company will be able to provide the service at the Longford Arms Hotel later this year.
Noel Quinn, owner of the driving school, told Shannonside FM he expects them to hire extra staff as a result of their expansion :