News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A look at news from around Ireland
The Clare Champion has learned only two new nursing homes were built in Limerick and Clare over the last five years – Athlunkard Nursing Home, Westbury, which has 43 beds in total, and St. Michael’s Nursing Home, Limerick, which has 35 beds.
[Source: Clare Champion]
Last Monday marked the 20-year anniversary of the passing of the legislation that decriminalized homosexuality in Ireland, and Cork's first openly gay T.D. has called on community organizations to reach out more to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (L.G.B.T.) community.
The legislation followed a 16-year legal battle by Senator David Norris, the former presidential candidate, in the European Court of Human Rights. The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) 1993 Bill was proposed by Fianna Fáil Justice Minister Máire Geoghan-Quinn and removed Victorian laws from Ireland's statute books.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Thieves have stolen catalytic converters valued at $38,000 from vans parked in an industrial park in Derry.
Police say the theft occurred two weekends ago at Campsie.
“Sometime between 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21, and 8 a.m. on Monday, June 24, thieves cut through a fence to gain entry to the yard and removed catalytic converters from 10 Mercedes vans parked there. Each catalytic converter will cost [$3,800] to replace making the total amount of replacement to the owner [$38,000],” a P.S.N.I. spokeswoman says.
[Source: Derry Journal]
A building which was a landmark to travelers making their way to West Donegal is soon to be commemorated in a night of music and dance.
The Tannery, which was located just outside Mountcharles, was originally built as a tannery in the 1600s to serve the fishing ports of Burtonport and Arranmore.
Strange as it may seem to the present day-reader, Killybegs was not even on the radar in fishing circles in those days. The port as we know it today had not been developed and the main fishing areas tended to be in the west of the county and off the islands.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster officially opened M.J.M. Group’s new $11 million purpose built factory in Newry Tuesday, June 18.
Established in 1983 as a family-owned joinery business, M.J.M. Group has evolved into a leading international specialist in new build, refurbishment and fit-out services to the marine, commercial and private sectors.
Speaking following a visit to the state of the art facility in Carnbane Business Park, Arlene Foster said: “M.J.M. is an established export focused company with a strong [$31 million] order book already secured for 2013, largely in the marine market.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
One of the country's biggest drugs traffickers has been convicted of having almost $2.6 million worth of drugs.
Alan Boggans – who drove flash cars and lived in a mansion in south Dublin – was busted following a major Garda (police) surveillance operation.
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