News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
Tony McGillicuddy, for Mr Murphy, told the court his team needs time to prepare relevant applications after receiving the state’s defence in relation to the constitution challenge.
Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, set a date of December 21st for the next mention of the case.
Mr Murphy, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, also had the conditions of his bail altered with the agreement of the DPP.
Armed with hooks, saws and machetes and a couple of gallons of ‘round-up’, volunteers from all over Europe and Ireland have travelled to Achill Island to try to eradicate the Gunnera plant which grown wild over large tracts of land.
A project to control the Gunnera or ‘wild rhubarb’ as it is known on the island began with volunteers working with the local community in an effort to get rid of the alien invasive plant. The project which will last for two weeks follows on from the success of a pilot initiative by Mayo County Council and the National Botanic Gardens to control Gunnera on Clare Island.
The volunteers are being led by Andy Booth of Conservation Services which provides volunteers for environmental services projects throughout Ireland. Speaking to The Mayo News he admitted that trying to eradicate the Gunnera from Achill is a daunting task.
Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has strongly denied that the Navan to Dublin rail link has been postponed in the review of the national capital investment programme.
He said the planning process was in train and that, when that was complete, "the money would be there" to start work on the rail link.
However, with no firm commitment given in the Government's capital investment programme published on Monday, doubts on the rail link's future have been voiced by local public representatives, who have also pointed out any delay in the provision of the rail line would also impact on future plans for the new regional hospital, to be located in Navan.
Deputy Shane McEntee said the minister had given no indication of how the €587 million cost of the rail line would be funded, given that it is not in current capital spending plans as set out in the Government's review.
A protest against the "inadequate and humiliating conditions" at the dole office in Portarlington took place yon Tuesday to highlight the problems faced by more than 3,000 forced to sign on at the tiny office.
The queue at the office stretched well down Main St early in the morning as the unemployed from surrounding areas had to sign on and give personal details in cramped conditions. Sinn Féin organised the protest in response to what has been described as completely inadequate conditions. Hundreds of people have also signed a petition calling for better facilities.
Harpers and Traditional Musicians are expected in large numbers to the picturesque Village of Keadue on the shores of Lough Meelagh for the 32nd O'Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, starting on July 30th.
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