News from around the 32 Irish counties
A war of words has broken out between the DUP and Sinn Fein just days after a new group was established to deal with contentious parades. Upper Bann MLA Stephen Moutray has hit out at Gerry Adams after the republican leader said there would be no Orange feet on disputed routes without the residents’ consent. The DUP member of the new parading body also accused Mr. Adams of misrepresenting his own party’s sentiments during an interview published last week. “The comment from Gerry Adams about ‘never’ having a parade down Garvaghy Road so long as the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition is opposed to it is distinctly unhelpful,” Mr. Moutray said. “Indeed, it would seem that Mr. Adams is off-message from his own colleagues.”
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)
A Bagenalstown councilor was allegedly struck in the face by a council rival before a recent town council meeting. The incident is alleged to have taken place after the councilor made derogatory personal remarks about his rival’s family. According to several witnesses to the incident, Cllr Arthur McDonald was chatting with cllr Denis Foley, the cathaoirleach of the Bagenalstown Town Council, in the council chambers at McGrath Hall, when pensioner and Fine Gael councilor Tommy Bambrick was said to have made the insulting comments. Cllr McDonald took serious offence at the remarks and he rose to his feet, pushed aside a number of chairs between him and Cllr Bambrick and lashed out with his fist, striking the councilor in the face. It is alleged that Cllr McDonald then verbally berated Cllr Bambrick for making the comments, before order and calm was restored to the council chamber.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)
Derry's Mayor says he is " deeply concerned" after a security alert caused major disruption in the city last Friday. There was heavy traffic congestion on many of the city's main routes after a suspicious object was discovered on the top deck of Craigavon Bridge shortly before 10am.
The bridge remained closed until 3.50pm. The city's mayor Paul Fleming said any "activity or event which unnecessarily hinders, hampers or obstructs citizens from carrying out their daily business must be opposed." "The closure of Craigavon Bridge - as we have already witnessed in recent times - inevitably leads to serious disruption and serves no purpose whatsoever," he said.
(Source: The Derry Journal)
Donegal South West TD Dinny McGinley has said no comparisons could be made between Fine Gael's media related candidates Dublin South TD George Lee and Donegal South-West by election hopeful, Cllr Barry O'Neill - both of whom work for RTÉ. On Raidíó na Gaeltachta.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
Hollywood legends Samuel L Jackson and Dionne Warwick took time out of their charity preparations for dinner at one of Dublin's best-known restaurants. The pair, who are in town for a Valentine's fundraising ball for Keith Duffy's Irish Autism Action, joined celebrity chef Richard Corrigan at his Bentley's restaurant in Stephen's Green to taste some of the Michelin-star chef's best dishes. And the Pulp Fiction star (61) was obviously impressed with the top chef -- as he was grinning from ear to ear. As Jackson left to return to his hotel, he shook hands with Corrigan, who looked deservedly chuffed at pleasing one of Hollywood's best-known actors. Both he and Warwick brought their old-school Hollywood glamour to the capital as the 70-year-old singer showed how she earned her reputation as one of the industry's undeniable queens of glam - fighting the sub-zero temperatures in a long, black fur coat. Keith Duffy was promoting the launch of Ireland's First One Stop website for Autism Information. The fundraiser has been organized in conjunction with the actor's Samuel L Jackson Foundation.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
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