News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Significant divisions have emerged between Dublin and London during negotiations over future economic links, following the Irish Government’s refusal to accept joint trade missions, particularly for the agri-food industry.

A report for both governments, carried out by P.A. Consulting Group and Cambridge Econometrics, was published last Thursday, highlighting the deep ties that exist, and estimating that 208,000 jobs in the Republic are dependent on U.K. trade.

Meanwhile, the U.K. remains Ireland’s largest export destination, taking 16 percent of Ireland’s total industrial exports two years ago, along with being the largest client for Irish service companies, almost 20 percent of whose business takes place there.
[Source: Irish Times]


The ongoing political upheaval in Egypt was narrowly avoided by Enniskillen student, Eoghain Eillis, who flew home from the north African country just two days before the military coup there.

The removal of former President Morsi by Egypt’s military, has culminated in a spate of violence and unrest centered on the country’s capital, Cairo. Eoghain, who spent nine months – from September 2012 to July of this year – living in Cairo as part of his university course, spoke last week of his time in the country.

“The reason I was there is I’m studying Arabic, so I lived in Egypt from September 2012 to July of this year,” explained 21-year-old, Oxford University student, Eoghain.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


The High Court has approved a scheme of arrangement for Galway firm Barna Waste, securing some 250 jobs.

It follows the appointment of an examiner to the company in April.

Barna Waste was established in 1993 by managing directors Sean and Annette Curran, and has its head office in Carrowbrowne on the Headford Road.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A 26-year-old man has been further remanded in custody charged with the murders of a young mother and her eight-year-old daughter whose bodies were found in their rented home in County Kerry last month.

Aurimas Andruska made his fourth court appearance when he appeared at Cork District Court last Thursday morning charged with the murder of Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her daughter, Enrika, at their home at Langford Downs in Killorglin on June 15.

The bodies of the mother and daughter were found in the two-story semi-detached house by Gardaí (police) who called there on June 16 after a friend in the Lithuanian community was unable to make contact with Ms. Lubiene who worked in a local nursing home in Killorglin.
[Source: Irish Times]


An online petition demanding an extraordinary general meeting of Newbridge Credit Union has been drawing massive support locally. The petition has been launched amid fears that the Newbridge operation could effectively be dismantled and accounts transferred to other local credit unions.
Local community activist, Willie Crowley, initiated the petition and he says it has been rapidly gaining momentum, with signatures coming not just from Newbridge and the surrounding areas, but also from former residents now living abroad.
Mr. Crowley launched the petition following the most recent High Court hearing, during which Special Manager Luke Charlton and his Ernst and Young team were reappointed for a further six months.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Exciting plans for the Diageo brewery site, which will create jobs in the city and inject money into the local economy, were unveiled last week.

Members of both councils approved the plans, which will transform the brew house and maturation buildings on the site. The hop-store and the Mayfair offices will also be retained.

Discussions are in place with the T.S.S.G. Centre at St. Kieran’s College, which is seeking to expand R&D capability. Since it opened in 2012, the center has generated $26 million worth of business per annum and employs 20 highly-skilled researchers.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Sinn Féin T.D. Brian Stanley has again raised the dire situation regarding dental and orthodontic services for young children with the minister for Health and the H.S.E.

“Dental services for primary school children in the midlands have regressed to 1950s standards, which will only lead to associated health problems in later life,” he said.

“There is a wait of over one year to be assessed by an orthodontist in Laois. On top of that, children may have to wait up to another three years to receive the actual treatment. This means that some may have finished secondary school without receiving the required orthodontic treatment.”
[Source: Leinster Express]


“Home & Away’s” favorite bad boy, Heath Braxton, celebrated his bride’s birthday in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon two weeks ago.