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Councilors have adopted a new bye law that gives Laois County Council the right to seize stray horses, impound them and if unclaimed, dispose of or destroy them, with all costs to be borne by the owner.
If the owner is not found, the council can claim back its costs from the state. However, the council must have the permission of landowner before it can take any action.
The law was agreed despite protests from Clr. Padraig Fleming, who did not want to give the council the power to dispose of horses found straying twice within 12 months.
[Source: Leinster Express]
The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has published its list of previously announced projects, which could be advanced if the Government secures an EU stimulus package. The list includes three Leitrim-based projects, which are spread throughout the county.
Two roads will receive the benefit of this announcement, the N4 Carrick-on-Shannon to Dromod Road and N16 Glenfarne to Glencar Road, while works on Phase One of the Leitrim Watermains Rehabilitation Project could also be brought forward.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Chief Superintendent David Sheahan attended a public meeting in Pallaskenry last Thursday evening where he addressed local fears about the future of their garda (police) station.
Meanwhile, he has confirmed that Askeaton will not be getting a new superintendent. “I don’t think that is a runner,” he told a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee June 22.
And as fears subside about the fate of Pallaskenry garda station, county councilors have unanimously called on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defense to stop closing rural stations.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
Bord Na Mona workers at Lanesboro’s Mount Dillon plant were holding last Thursday the second of a two-day strike aimed at securing agreement over a pay increase.
Staff gathered outside the south Longford station as unions continue with attempts to secure a 3.5% rise in accordance with the Towards 2016 transitional agreement.
The decision by members from Siptu, Unite and the TEEU last Wednesday disrupted harvesting activities across the midlands despite leaving operations at ESB power stations untouched.
[Source: Longford Leader]
A Dundalk taxi driver was struck several times after he sought the correct fare from his two drunken passengers.
Ciaran Kilgannon (20), an apprentice plumber of Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and Stephen Sheerin (29), a plumber, of Kildoney, Ballyshannon were charged with public disorder and assault on a Mr. Olabe, the taxi driver.
Inspector Martin Beggy said that Mr. Olabe tried to recover his correct fare. A scuffle had broken out and he had to leave the area of the house. He had been followed and struck several times. Both defendants were “extremely drunk”, he said. The driver had cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
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