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Bring banks are provided for members of the public to recycle glass bottles, aluminium cans and textiles. North Tipperary has one of the highest recycling rates in the country but at some bring bank sites illegal dumping has caused issues with access and has made these sites very unattractive.
Joe MacGrath, county manager, said “North Tipperary County Council believes that these fines will act as a warning to others that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. We believe that the fines will result in a significant reduction in dumping at bring bank sites thanks to CCTV, warning signs and publicity following the issuing of fines. We want to send a clear message that people should not leave their recyclables in bags next to bottle banks. This is considered dumping, it makes the area look unattractive and offenders will be prosecuted!”
(Source: Tipperary Star)
A derelict building has been destroyed in an early morning arson attack in Sion Mills, County Tyrone.
The blaze on the Melmount Road was discovered early on Saturday.
The Fire and Rescue Service believe it was started deliberately.
Enniskillen district station commander Robbie Bryson said: "The first crew there realised it was a pretty big fire so they requested more appliances and in the end we had five appliances there."
"There was nobody about at the time the fire was discovered and no injuries or damage to adjacent properties."
(Source: UTV News)
A Co Waterford guesthouse owner is suing RTÉ for defamation over a 'Nob Nation' broadcast in which he claims his premises was described as a brothel.
Vincent O'Toole, 84, who owns the Maryland House at the Mall in Waterford, took a successful libel action against the Sunday World newspaper in 2007 over a similar claim.
Mr O'Toole, a former shipsmaster, and racehorse breeder, who was described as a 'leading light' in the local Waterford community, is suing over an episode of Nob Nation broadcast on the Gerry Ryan Show on 2FM 18 months later in August 2008.
His Senior Counsel, John Gordon said Mr O'Toole was extremely distressed and deeply frustrated by the broadcast.
Even as recently as last week, he said, a tourist turned up at his guesthouse, expecting that he was arriving at a brothel.
He said Mr O'Toole and his wife had been abused and had had to call gardaí on occasions.
Mr Gordon said RTÉ had published programme standards and guidelines in June 2008, but were in complete dereliction of those standards when they broadcast the Nob Nation sketch.
(Source: RTE News)
A male pedestrian died late last week after he was hit by a lorry in Co Westmeath.
The incident happened at about 5.45pm on the N4 Mullingar bypass.
The victim was a man aged in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The westbound carriageways of the N4 are currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place while a forensic examination takes place.
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