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A new supermarket in Coalisland, which is already partially-built, has been hit with a legal challenge by a consortium of retailers.
Extensive building work has already been undertaken at the site of the old egg store at Lineside and, to date, almost $1.6 million has been spent on the project – believed to be for a new Newell Stores supermarket.
However, a consortium of retailers, said to include Centra and Supervalu, have now lodged a legal challenge at the High Court calling for a judicial review into the decision to grant the supermarket planning permission.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
A member of staff of Waterford City Council was knocked over and pushed when protestors against household charges stormed City Hall Monday evening, November 12, just before the monthly council meeting was due to commence.
Gardaí (police) were called to the scene by council officials after picketers charged into the building and demanded entry to the meeting. It is believed that when admission was refused, City Council Superintendent James Forristal was forced out of the way by the angry mob.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]
National Irish Bank closed its 27 branches around the country last Wednesday and rebranded as Danske Bank, with a new advisory center due to open in Athlone this week.
Danske Bank Advisory Centres will be open in nine locations this week where customers can meet advisors face-to-face.
These will be located in Athlone, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Letterkenny, and across Dublin in the I.F.S.C., Tallaght, Swords and Stillorgan.
About 100 staff-members are leaving under a voluntary redundancy scheme because of the branch closures.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]
An Enniscorthy couple has been left overjoyed following the announcement that they were the winners of a coveted wedding-package prize on South East Radio.
Joe Weafer (25) and his fiancée, Yvonne Curran, were one of 13 couples who took part in the radio station’s game “The Price is Right” two weeks ago.
The Xtravision workers, who have been together for the past few years and got engaged earlier this year, couldn’t believe it when they were then announced as the couple who would be walking away with the thousands of Euro-worth prize.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
A Paralympian has challenged Health Minister James Reilly to spend a day in a wheelchair before any more cuts are made to home-care services.
Student Padraic Moran, who has cerebral palsy, said targeting Ireland's most vulnerable would send the country back to the Dark Ages.
The 28-year-old, from Bray, County Wicklow, who represented Ireland in Boccia in London 2012, has 10 hours of personal care a week to help him in the mornings and with his evening meal.
[Source: Wicklow People]
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