News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
House prices in Donegal are continuing to fall, according to two surveys out last week. The average asking-price in Donegal in the third quarter of 2010 was €183,000, a fall of €86,000 from the peak, according to Daft.ie.The asking price of a three-bedroom semi-detatched house in Donegal is €171,000 in the third quarter of this year, down 1.5% compared to the second quarter of this year, according to MyHome.ie. The fall for a four bed semi was marginally more at 1.82% with the average price now standing at €204,000
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A family near Newry Co Down had a lucky escape when their house was struck by lightning, blowing a hole in the roof and sparking a power shortage. The drama unfolded in Ballyholland when the bolt struck the house last week blowing the electric sockets out of the walls. Storms and heavy rain battered the area from around 3.30pm.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
One of Ireland's best known and most respected medical figures, retired heart surgeon Maurice Neligan, has died at the age of 73. Mr Neligan worked for many years at Dublin's Mater and Crumlin Hospitals and performed Ireland's first heart transplant in 1985. He was also involved in the establishment of the Blackrock Clinic in the mid-1980s. Maurice Neligan was always an active campaigner for improved health services and a frequent critic of much health policy and many policy-makers.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)
The family of troubled Fermanagh businessman Seán Quinn has said that they intend to repay all of the debt that they owe. The family owes €2.8 billion to Anglo Irish Bank and reports suggested that the nationalized bank has written down this sum to zero. A statement issued on behalf of the Quinn family last week said they had “not sought, or been offered, as part of any consensual restructuring of the family’s indebtedness, any write-off whatsoever of any of the debt due.
(Source: Irish Times)
More than 29,000 people are currently on waiting lists for appointments to see consultants at Galway University Hospitals (GUH) – some of them for more than four years. University Hospital Galway (UHG) has been ranked bottom of a league table of hospitals following the publication of the latest HealthStat figures, which reveal that the city facility has the longest waiting lists in the country.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
Thieves posing as county council workers are targeting elderly people in the Newbridge area, possibly using markings left by genuine council workers to identify their victims. The claim follows recent work carried out by the council to repair the water system at a number of locations around the town. According to local Sinn Féin activist Jason Turner, a number of vulnerable and elderly residents have complained to him of being the victims of theft after they permitted men wearing high-visibility jackets and posing as council workers, to actually enter their homes.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
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