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A rift has emerged between Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan and Kilkenny County Council over the lack of funding for the notorious Saint Catherine’s halting site, with the two parties offering contradictory versions of events.
Earlier this month, the council’s Director of Services John McCormack said it appeared the cash was “not available” to improve the site, where conditions are very poor. The local authorities have been advancing a proposal to develop a Group Housing Scheme.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
A young Portlaoise man is in a serious condition in an Australian hospital, having been lucky to survive a fatal road crash in Queensland earlier this month.
Dean Hanley from Woodgrove on the Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise, traveled to Australia just seven weeks ago on a yearlong visa. He was returning home from work on a farm with other backpackers when their bus collided head on with a four-wheel drive vehicle on the Bruce Highway at Barratta, south of Townsville on March 6.
Dean broke two bones in his neck and several in his back and required surgery immediately. He is now in a “halo” brace to keep the bones stable. He will require further surgery and the family do not know when Dean will be fit enough to travel home. He was lucky to survive the collision which killed two government officials traveling in the four-wheel drive vehicle.
[Source: Leinster Express]
One of the biggest soccer clubs in the world has agreed to help local soccer club Abbey Rovers from Ballinamore in their fundraising efforts this year.
The Premier League giants have given Abbey Rovers a Manchester United jersey signed by club and England striker Danny Welbeck.
Abbey Rovers Under-10s coach Kevin Andrews contacted United and inquired if they could assist in any way, and the Premier League leaders were more than happy to help. It’s a fantastic gesture and we hope to raise money to go towards providing an Astroturf facility in the near future – it’s something the club badly needs.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
More than 100 staff-members at Dunnes Stores in the Jetland Shopping Centre have been told they cannot park in the firm’s car park.
From last Monday, Dunnes Stores staff were told that the company is withdrawing parking facilities for its staff-members to facilitate an increase in trade over Easter.
Approximately 120 supermarket staff-members in the Jetland Dunnes Stores are affected by the move, which has led to concerns over the health and safety of vulnerable members.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
Lisa Fox from Edgeworthstown has been added to the cast of the popular R.T.É. children’s television program The Beo Show for its second series.
“The show is based around a fictional venue called The Beo Theatre,” Lisa says. “I play the role of Gerty Gúna, the theatre’s costume lady, who works with the manager, Donie.”
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