News from around the 32 Irish counties
With Leitrim County Council's bill for the recent big freeze already set to top €500,000, councilors are calling on the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, to make special provision to pay for things such as additional supplies of salt and grit and labor during the crisis. A spokesperon for the Council has confirmed that the initial estimates of the cost of the recent icy weather is somewhere in the region of half a million euro, however with the situation still requiring ongoing gritting and other problems arising in terms of greater demands on water supplies and labor costs, this figure looks set to increase.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)
LIMERICK WON’T SELL STONE
City coffers may be overdrawn, but the council has confirmed there are no plans to sell Limerick's historic Treaty Stone to a casino in Atlantic City in the United States.
A page on the social networking site Facebook was set up on January 6 to save the Treaty Stone from alleged sale, and now counts over 1,500 supporters.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)
House prices in Louth fell by almost 40% since their peak, according to a new survey. The cost of an average house in Louth dropped by 23.3% in 2009 according to the Daft.ie House Price Report and overall, has dropped 38.3% since the peak in 2007. The average price of a house in Louth in the final quarter of the year was under € 210,000, down from a peak of € 340,000 in 2007 and well below the national average of € 242,000. Prices in the county fell by 10.4% in the last three months of the year, marking a further slowdown in price falls since earlier in the year.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)
Murrisk is set to host the 2010 National Famine Memorial Day. It is proposed that the national event will take place in the village on May 16 next after Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív outlined the National Famine Commemoration Committee’s plans for the memorial day for 2010. Murrisk is home to the evocative National Famine Monument. The sculpture by John Behan depicts a ‘Coffin Ship’ with skeletal bodies and commemorates the Great Famine of the 1840s and is the largest bronze sculpture in Ireland and will likely form a central part of the Memorial Day.
(Source: Mayo News)
The Minister for Transport, Meath West TD Noel Dempsey has described as the coverage of his holiday to Malta two weeks ago as "tabloid sensationalism", full of inaccuracies. Mr. Dempsey returned from his holiday early on Saturday last as weather forecasts predicted that worse weather, described as Arctic, was to come. However, the anticipated worsening of conditions failed to materialize. The Transport Minister was criticized for being out of the country at a time when roads were impassable due to the big freeze. Meath East TD and Fine Gael road safety spokesperson, Shane McEntee, led the attack on Mr. Dempsey, posing outside Dail Eireann with a cardboard cut-out of the minister, whom he described as 'lost', alongside a cutout of Environment Minister John Gormley, with the moniker 'lost cause'.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
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