News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A suspicious device discovered near the offices of the Andersonstown News in Belfast on Saturday was declared a hoax. An object was found in the grounds of the newspaper on Glen Road in the west of the city at around 9.00 a.m. on Saturday. Army bomb officers examined the device and it was declared a hoax. Police said Glen Road, Suffolk Road and Hannahstown Hill have now been reopened. A separate security alert in Carnlough, County Antrim has also ended.
Police received a phonecall just after 8 a.m. on Saturday claiming two devices had been left on the Croft Road. A search was carried out and nothing suspicious was found.
(Source: BBC News)
Three men were charged in connection with the discovery of firearms and ammunition in Keady, Co Armagh, last week. The three are: 34-year-old Brian Sheridan, with an address at Avonmore, Blackwater town, Co Armagh, Brian Cavlan, 35, with an address at Circular Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, and 39-year-old Dominic Dynes from Bree, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan.
The three men are charged with possession of firearms with intent to endanger life, preparation for committing acts of terrorism and possession of articles likely to be of use to terrorists.
Detective Sergeant Ronnie Gibson told Newry Magistrates' Court he could connect the accused to the charges. He said Mr Dynes replied when charged that 'he was told to bury the weapons found in the car that he was driving and he had no intent to use them at any time to shoot or kill anybody, carry out any robbery or any show of strength.' The other defendants made similar statements. No application for bail was made and all three have been remanded in custody to appear in court in Armagh on 17 May.
The Killerig Resort, a highend hotel and golf development near Tullow in Co Carlow, has gone into receivership with multimillion-euro debts. Aiden Murphy, a partner in accountancy firm Horwath Bastow Charleton, was appointed receiver last week and has appointed a new operating company, Westpro Management Solutions, to run the 42bedroom, four-star hotel. David Hennessy, founder of Westpro, said that the Killerig hotel was ‘‘a victim of circumstance’’, but had a strong pipeline of bookings. ‘‘It is business as usual for our customers and staff. It is a good product in a good location," he said.
(Source: Sunday Business Post)
Sinn Fein’s Kathryn Reilly (22) from Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, is understood to be the youngest candidate ever elected to the Seanad. Ms Reilly was returned to the Industrial and Commercial panel after a marathon count which ended last week. She had contested the general election in the Cavan-Monaghan constituency, securing an impressive 6,539 first preferences.
In the Seanad campaign, she had the imprimatur of party headquarters and concentrated her canvass in her native county, the west and Donegal. “I am not sure I could say I enjoyed the Seanad campaign,” she said. “Contesting a general election and the Seanad is quite stressful. My Seanad vote was different from what I had been promised on the campaign trail.”
(Source: Irish Times)
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