News from around the 32 Irish counties
Gardai (police) in the Sligo/ Leitrim division received an average of 11 days paid sick leave and nearly €2 million in overtime in 2007, according to a recent report by the Garda Síochána Inspectorate. The Garda Síochána Inspectorate is an independent statutory body established to promote excellence and accountability.
It's latest publication, the Resource Allocation Report revealed that the average officer in the Sligo/ Leitrim division took over eight days through sick leave, over two days from long term sickness and less than a day through injury in 2007 - compared to a national average of six days.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)
Billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney has donated more than €46m to Limerick in the past nine years, new figures reveal. However, that figure does not include the estimated €2m given by Mr., Feeney towards to construction of UL president Prof Don Barry's new on-campus residence. The University of Limerick, Milford Care Centre, and the local support agency for migrants, Doras Luimni, were the top three recipients in Limerick from the so-called "secret billionaire". The bulk of that funding has been directed to educational and construction projects at the University of Limerick, which Mr. Feeney has had a close association with since it was established as the National Institute of Higher Education in the 1970s.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)
A 'blazing ball of fire' was seen falling through the sky in County Longford Wednesday evening before last. The unusual sight was caused by a collision between a meteor and the earth's atmosphere and now the hunt is on by Longfordians to find a piece of this giant meteorite, which is valued at an astounding $500 (€360) per gram.
(Source: The Longford Leader)
Mayor of Drogheda Michael O'Dowd says he is extremely disappointed with the portrayal of the town on a TV3 program aired on Monday night last. 'Crime Capitals', with investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre, staged 'a reconstruction' of the alleged events that took place in March 2009 at Townley Hall, from the point of view of the two girls who say 'they were attacked and one raped'. In another section, Clogherhead is. 'I watched the program and I found it to be sensationalized, and very fast and loose with the full facts,' says Cllr O'Dowd.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)
A leading Shell to Sea campaigner was sentenced to seven months imprisonment at last Wednesday’s sitting of Castlebar Circuit Court. Judge Raymond Groarke branded Pat O’Donnell of Porturlin Shore, Ballina a ‘thug’ and a ‘bully’ who had no respect for Gardaí before he sentenced him to seven months imprisonment for incidents involving members of An Garda Siochana. Mr. O’Donnell, known locally as ‘The Chief’, received a three month sentence for threatening and abusive behavior towards Sergeant Cathal O’Malley at Glengad on September 13, 2008 and four months for willful obstruction of a peace officer on September 14, 2008 at Doologh, Geesala. Both sentences are to run consecutively.
(Source: Mayo News)
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