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Our story two weeks ago revealed that Ballylifford Primary School, Cookstown, Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, Newmills Primary School, St. Mary's Primary School, Dunamore, St. Brigids's Primary School, Augher and St. John's Primary School, Kingsisland contained crocidolite, which is said to be 500 times more dangerous than chrysotile.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
A man in his 30s had appeared before Waterford District Court last Wednesday afternoon charged in relation to a drugs seizure in the city on Monday.
The 32-year-old was charged with three counts of possession, and three counts of the sale and supply of drugs.
The man was arrested after synthetic drugs worth more than $1 million were discovered at an apartment complex in Waterford City.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]
There were on average 22,300 unemployed people in the four Midland counties of Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford during the second quarter of the year, new official figures have confirmed.
The CSO quarterly national household survey figures released last week show the region's unemployment rate is now 17.9 percent compared with 16.8 percent in the same quarter of last year. This is the second highest unemployment rate in the State after the Southeast at 17.8 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 14.7 percent in the period April to June 2012.
However, the unemployment rate in the Midlands is slightly down from the 18.1 percent recorded in the first three months of this year.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]
Wexford Fianna Fail TD John Browne has claimed that thousands of women in Wexford and all around the country will be facing massive cuts to their pensions due to changes that have come into effect under the radar this month.
Deputy Browne said many women in Wexford who are due to retire soon have no idea that their pensions payments will be reduced significantly, while others don’t know that they may no longer qualify at all.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
A Carnew man who will represent his county at the upcoming National Ploughing Championships is expected to be one of the oldest competitors to take part in the event.
Edward Dowse (80) will compete in the Special Horse Class in New Ross on Thursday, September 27.
The local man who first participated in the competition at the age of 18 in 1950 has been a regular competitor at the championships and has won many classes.
“I competed in the U-21 class for four years from 1950 and won three times. Those are the ones I cherish most because I was only 18. I am looking forward to this year's competition and I would say that I am one of the oldest entering, if not the oldest,” Edward explained.
[Source: Wicklow People]
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