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According to recent figures, only two Fixed Penalty Notices were issued in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough over the course of one year, placing them second last in a list of council littering policies. Only in Strabane were less Fixed Penalty Notices for littering issued . . . it had none for the year.
The Courier has published several stories in the past dealing with the scale of littering in the Dungannon borough and the latest figures for litter notices makes for grim reading.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
Neighborly concern led Gardaí (police) to discover an elaborate cannabis growing facility in the bedrooms of a house at 29 Elm Park, Tramore and a second cannabis factory at a second residence in the town.
Two bedrooms had been taken over by the harvesting of the drugs, with plants in various stages of growth and cannabis drying out on hangers in the wardrobe, while ready to use cannabis was also located in jars.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]
The Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones had come out strongly against cohabiting couples last week, saying that it brings children into an "unstable environment" where the couple are unwilling to commit themselves to marriage.
The bishop made the controversial comments at a marriage jubilee celebration in Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Athlone, on July 22 attended by hundreds of people, including a large number of married couples from all over the diocese and their families.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]
A man has appeared before Gorey District Court on a number of charges relating to a fatal crash in Courtown Harbor on June 15.
Paul Byrne (19) with an address at Ballinatray, Courtown was arrested on Tuesday, July 24 by Gardaí (police) in Gorey and later charged. He appeared in court last Wednesday before Judge Gerard Haughton where he was formally charged with a number of offenses relating to the June 15 crash in which another 19-year-old man lost his life when the jeep he was in broke through a wall and into the harbor at Courtown.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
Four-time women's world boxing champion Katie Taylor was Ireland's flag bearer at the London 2012 opening ceremony.
The 26-year-old from Bray, County Wicklow, carried the Irish tricolor in front of Team Ireland at the ceremony which took place last Friday night.
As well as her world titles, Taylor has won five European titles, four EU titles and is an Ireland international footballer.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]
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