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Although the number of county councilors could be cut from 32 to 24, no decision has been taken on the exact number of members, which will be decided by a new independent statutory committee.
[Source: Clare Champion]
A Cork-based Facebook page has incurred the wrath of an east Cork community after falsely posting about a fatal accident in the village on the page.
The page, Garda (Police) Checkpoints Cork County, posted two weekends ago that a haulage lorry had overturned on the exit of Ballycotton “by the proddy church.”
The administrator proceeded to name a driver of the lorry in the fictional accident.
What followed was a series of violent and abusive comments directed at people rebuking the administrator of the site for posting a name and an accident that did not occur.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Police in Derry have seized a quantity of rockets and fireworks during searches in the city.
The searches were carried out last Tuesday.
Inspector Trevor McKeown says it is vital parents, youth and community leaders help police make the Halloween period safe and fun.
“The weeks prior to and after Halloween are becoming an increasingly busy time of the year for police,” he says.
[Source: Derry Journal]
Child prodigy, Caolan Fleming, who is Europe’s youngest app developer, is exceptionally proud of his Donegal and Gaoth Dobhair heritage.
Last week, the 11-year old had attracted worldwide attention for his work and had been invited as a guest to the Dublin web summit where he met and greeted the leaders of major global players on the technological market, such as: Twitter, Google and Skype.
The primary school student from Laois was accompanied to the event last week by his mother, Caitlin Nic Pháidín, a native of Carrick Coyle, Gaoth Dobhair.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
Planning authorities have given the go-ahead for a new bridge to be built at Narrow Water between Counties Louth and Down.
An Bord Pleanála gave planning permission to Louth County Council for construction of the structure across the Newry River to Omeath, provided a special roost for birds affected by the project is built.
Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood two weeks ago granted planning permission for the project.
The single-lane cable bridge will be 2,165 feet long and cost around $24 million.
[Source: Irish Times]
A manhunt is underway for a violent sex attacker who savagely attacked a woman with an iron bar before brutally raping her in a sickening attack.
The shocking incident happened at Cookstown Road in Tallaght in the early hours of Sunday, October 14 at a location close to St. Mark's Church and a local G.A.A. club.
The traumatized woman required hospital treatment for extensive injuries after the disturbing incident that occurred while the victim was on her way home after a night out. The woman, who is in her mid-20s, is understood to live in the Tallaght area.
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