News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A Londonderry man has been jailed for five months for breaking into a house. Alan Whelan (24) of Drummard Park was charged with the offence, which occurred at a property in Grangemore Park, on November 30 last year. The city magistrates’ court was told a householder awoke at 5.30am on hearing noises in his garage. He disturbed two intruders who made off when he appeared. Stereo equipment had been stacked up ready to be taken and a crate of beer had been opened and two tins taken. Tests revealed that the defendant's DNA was on one of the tins. When questioned he could give no explanation.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Fears of an exodus of the county's young people will intensify in the new year as many prepare to head overseas in search of work. Among them are many well-educated graduates who say they have no alternative but to leave home. Student Union President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Marian Gibbons from Fanad, a graduate in Law Studies at the college, says like many of her friends, she is also being forced to emigrate in search of work.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A Co. Down man who ran a failed yacht and boat sales company from an island on Strangford Lough has been barred from acting as a company director for eight years.
Misconduct admitted by selling agent David Thomas McKnight (49) of Inishanier, Whiterock, in Killinchy, included failing to refund over £100,000 which had been paid for a boat. Mr McKnight gave a disqualification undertaking to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in October, according to a statement released by DETI last week.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Public transport workers have been hailed for going beyond the call of duty during the Big Freeze. Bus, train and Luas staff were praised for helping commuters get home in the Arctic conditions. One Iarnrod Eireann train driver offered to drive an elderly couple from Armagh to Monaghan when it appeared they would be stranded. Luas drivers got out of their trams to push cars, while Dublin Bus staff have managed to struggle into work in all types of conditions.
(Source: The Herald)
A Fermanagh club wants the GAA to act as a private bank for its membership.
Derrygonnelly Harps have submitted a motion to the Fermanagh convention next week asking that the GAA set aside money from its "healthy net current assets" to fund start-up businesses by GAA members. The exact text of the motion asks that "our association, the Gaelic Athletic Association, set aside part of its healthy net current assets to a revolving loan fund, which will be used to assist association members with business start-up loans, repayable over a fixed term at preferential interest rates".
(Source: Irish Independent)
For the first time in its long history as a prime tourism destination, Connemara industry operators are banding together to market and develop the region in a concerted bid to entice more overseas and domestic visitors to stay longer and broaden their experience once they get there. A steering group made up of 14 local operators and representatives from Fáilte Ireland, Galway County County and Údaras na Gaeltachta, led by chairman George Finnegan has drawn up a dynamic action plan for the whole of Connemara.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
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Everything is an "Industry" these days as is "Racism" and those organisations that spring up out of nowhere at Taxpayers expense tDubliner found guilty of vicious Temple Bar assault on New York stockbroker
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seanomelb is a bigot who can't spell. "Your" instead of "you're" proves that YOU are an anti-white hasbara bigot/racist.Nelson Mandela was against IRA decommissioning its arms during 2000 talks
All you Americans are such hypocrites when it comes to matters like this.......he supported Fidel,he supported the PLO and a whole host of other revol