News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
Co Longford Social Services Meals on Wheels Service defied the terrible weather conditions in past weeks to get out to homes across the county. The army assisted the local volunteers on Monday last as conditions in some parts of the county were particularly treacherous. "At the moment we are delivering over 200 meals daily. The meal consists of hot soup, main meal and dessert and the total dinners delivered for 2009 was 59,767," a spokesperson for the service told the Leader.
(Source: Longford Leader)
Four men were charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin last week in connection with the discovery of a mortar in Co Louth recently and Garda investigations into the activities of the dissident terrorist group, Óglaigh na hÉireann. Dalton McKevitt (35), of Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk, Co Louth was charged with the unlawful possession of an improvised mortar launcher. Niall Farrell (34), of Closhbrid, Dundalk, Co Louth was charged with the unlawful possession of a mortar launcher at Commons Road, Dromiskin. Patrick Tierney (25), of Drumarg Park, Armagh city, Co Armagh and Patrick Gordon (22), of Newtownhamilton Road, Armagh city were also charged
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)
An Achill man struck Dáil Eireann once again on the day of the Budget. Joe McNamara (41) who is originally from Achill, drove his cherry picker down Kildare St in Dublin early last Tuesday and hoisted his placard-covered crane up at least 50 feet over the Dail Eireann gates. The crane he drove through the capital had slogans glued to its side that read “Winner - Dermot Ahern €310,000 payoff: 4 million pension - The losers: Minimum wage; the sick and elderly; the students; welfare.”
(Source: The Mayo News)
The Kells Pink Ribbon Walk committee handed over a cheque for €75,000 to Action Breast Cancer at a presentation ceremony in the Headfort Arms Hotel recently. The money was raised by over 600 runners and walkers who took part in the second annual Kells Pink Ribbon Walk at Drewstown House on 11th September, 2010. “We are so proud of the achievement of the Kells Pink Ribbon Walkers who raised this fantastic amount of money in very challenging economic times,” according to Penny McGowan, Pink Ribbon Walk committee chairperson.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
The army barracks in Monaghan, which closed last year, is to be turned into a state-of-the art education campus under plans to be unveiled this week. The barracks, on the outskirts of the town, closed in January 2009, after more than 32 years of Army service in the Border county. It was the first of four barracks to close in a cost-saving measure announced in the budget. Lifford, Letterkenny and Longford also closed, amid protests from soldiers’ families and the local communities.
(Source: Monaghan Times)
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