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The memoranda of interview with Liam Delaney (42), with addresses at Mountrath and Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois, were read in to the record at the 12th day of his trial and that of his co-accused Anthony Sloan (57), a native of Belfast with an address at Ard na Mara, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Kevin Flanagan (43), of Borris-in-Ossory and Andrew Poole (43), of Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
[Source: Leinster Express]
A small group of Leitrim’s councilors recently meet with Minister of State, Fergus O’Dowd in a bid to clarify some of the issues surrounding proposals to use hydraulic fracturing in north Leitrim.
Councillors questioned the possible effect of fracking on the tourism and agriculture industry and also raised concerns about the potential contamination of water supplies by the process.
The divisiveness of funding being offered locally by the developer and the level of interaction between consent authorities both North and South of the border in respect to the current licensing option were also highlighted during the meeting.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Two French nationals have suffered robberies in Limerick’s city center in recent days.
And Henry Street Gardaí (police) has arrested a man in a third case where a woman was robbed while walking on Denmark Street.
The first incident involved the theft of a mobile phone from a French student. The incident took place at Belfield Gardens at approximately 6:45 p. m. on Saturday, July 7. The student, a 15-year-old male, was approached by a man who demanded that he hand over his mobile phone, which he duly did.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
The new Mayor of County Longford Sean Farrell described the Sunday Business Post article on heroin in Longford two weekends ago as a “hatchet job.”
In a video interview on www.longfordleader.ie, Clr. Farrell described his feeling upon reading Peter Geoghegan’s piece as one of “outrage,” saying that in his estimation the “dark arts of journalism” were used to convey the impression that Longford was a mecca for heroin usage. In reality, he contends
Longford’s problem is no worse than many other midland towns.
[Source: Longford Leader]
According to the latest figures from the CSO, Ryan is the most popular name for boys in Louth, while Emily is the most popular for girls.
Ryan has topped the poll for the third year in a row, while Emily has been the most popular both 2011 and 2010, taking over from Sophie in 2009.
The name Ryan bucks the national trend, where Jack is the most popular. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007, and Emily moved up one place to obtain the number one spot for the first time.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
One person on average per week has taken their own life in Mayo in 2012 after it was revealed last week that 23 people in the county have died by suicide since the turn of the year. The frightening statistics were discussed in depth at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council after Independent councilor Michael Kilcoyne had raised the matter, adding that figures had trebled in the last three years.
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