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The substantial detached houses, which could sell for over €400,000 each, have been under construction since 2004.
Irish travelers living on England’s largest illegal halting site at Dale Farm in Essex face eviction this week.
The traveler, who can’t be identified because he shares the same name with five other travelers on the Dale Farm site, became the title holder of the ‘ghost’ estate in Rathkeale, Co Limerick last year.
It is one of the few estates in the country where construction has continued -- albeit at a slow pace -- since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger.
A prior applicant successfully lodged planning permission with the local authority for the houses in Rathkeale, where there is a large traveler population.
Work is still continuing at the housing estate at Ballywilliam North on the outskirts of Rathkeale after Limerick County Council granted the traveler permission to extend the planning application when he applied through a separate agent last year.
(Source: Irish Independent)
Former Longford County Councilor Peter Murphy died suddenly last Monday. A jovial and good-natured character, he was a very popular member of his local community and there was deep shock in Newtownforbes last Monday at his sudden death, which occurred while he was out shopping with his wife, Emer, last Monday.
A resident of Moneylagan, Newtownforbes, Peter Murphy was a member of Longford Co Council for over 20 years until he lost his seat in 2009. An independent councilor, Mr Murphy was also farmer and he was particularly vocal on agricultural issues. He also campaigned strongly on local issues and in particular, education. An independent candidate all his political life, Mr Murphy also ran for the Dáil in the 1987 General Election.
(Source: Longford Leader)
Coca-Cola Company announced it would create 100 new jobs at its shared services facility in Drogheda, Co Louth.
Forty positions have already been filled, involving IT, supply chain, legal and human resources functions.
The announcement was made following the opening of a $300 million (€218m) flavorings manufacturing facility in Wexford. This facility will employ 65 staff.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)
A pensioner living alone died in a house fire at his detached home in Newport, Co Mayo, last week. The victim was named as Denis Cartron (69) of Seaview Road.
The alarm was raised by a neighbour who spotted flames just before 9am. Two units of Mayo fire brigade responded to the outbreak, but were unable to save Mr Cartron.
Although the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, gardaí do not believe there was anything suspicious about the outbreak.
Mr Cartron’s body was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, where a postmortem was to be carried out.
(Source: The Mayo News)
Australia is seeking the extradition of a 29-year-old Meath man on charges of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two Irish backpackers near the city of Perth almost four years ago.
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