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An emotional discussion on mental health and suicide prevention took place in the council chamber following a presentation by Mary O’Sullivan, the HSE West Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention and Máire Ní Dhomhnaill, a counsellor in the Family Resource Centre in Castlebar.
[Source: The Mayo News]
A flaming coal fire will be a thing of the past for Navan households from next year as the ban on traditional smoky coal is extended to the town.
Local coal merchants are now gearing up for the change, which will see householders having to change to smokeless coal from next May.
While concern has been expressed that the smokeless fuels will add extra expense to hard-pressed households, it is believed the ban will have significant health benefits for the town – environmental health research has indicated that the ban in Dublin has resulted in up to 350 fewer annual deaths.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
Gardaí (police) and customs officials have shut down an illegal fuel-laundering operation in County Monaghan near the Irish border.
The plant at Longfield, Castleblaney, had the capacity to launder 15 million liters of fuel a year at a cost of $9.1m to the Exchequer, officials said.
It was concealed in a lorry at a commercial yard.
The lorry, two 40-foot containers, two tankers, a van and 40,000 liters of laundered product have been seized.
[Source: BBC News]
A bankrupt former Fianna Fáil councilor and one-time general election candidate has admitted stealing from a court-appointed official assignee.
Gerard Killally (41), Edenderry, Co. Offaly who is a former Fianna Fáil chairman of Offaly County Council, admitted taking shop equipment from a premise he used to own at Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath, between October 2010 and February 2011.
The offenses happened after he was declared bankrupt and the shop and its contents were under the control of the court’s official assignee Christopher Lehane.
Mr. Killally pleaded guilty before Judge Anthony Hunt at Mullingar Circuit Court to three counts of theft and one of forging a letter.
[Source: Irish Times]
Former OC star Mischa Barton has revealed how she once cut turf on her uncle's farm in Roscommon.
The 26-year-old, whose mother hails from Roscommon, spent many childhood holidays in the Midlands before she hit the big time playing troubled teen Marissa Cooper in US TV show The OC in 2003.
"Mischa Barton cutting turf might sound properly ridiculous to people but trust me, on my uncle's farm in Roscommon everybody pitched in.”
[Source: Irish Independent]
Sligo footballer Adrian Marren and Tipperary hurler Patrick Maher have been named as the GAA/GPA All-Stars Players of the month for June.
Marren was the star of the show as Sligo staged a second half recovery to stun Galway at Pearse Stadium in the Connacht SFC semi-final, scoring a sensational 2-6 to inspire his side to a 2-14 to 0-15 victory and a place in last Sunday's decider against Mayo.
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