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Mothers and young children screamed and fled in terror after a gang of armed raiders held up a busy Dublin post office.
Some 60 customers were in the premise at the time – many of them mothers and their young children, who were off school for the Easter break.
The robbery happened as the women collected their children's allowance money at the Finglas village branch of the post office on Tuesday afternoon.
[Source: Evening Herald]
A vital community facility is to get an extensive refurbishment, thanks to $629,000 worth of funding announced for the Kilmacormick Resource Centre in Enniskillen.
Two weeks ago, the Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, said the funding boost would be used to cover the capital costs of an extension and refurbishment at the Yoan Road site, and the cost of professional fees for an outside consultant to supervise the building works to completion stage.
The award has been made to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in Enniskillen who will manage the delivery of the entire project.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]
Management at Galway City Council has tabled a motion for last week's council meeting asking the members to approve the appointment of Brendan McGrath as the new city manager.
The Public Appointments Service had recommended Mr. McGrath, who is currently Meath County Manager.
Prior to his role as Meath County Manager, Brendan McGrath held positions in Kildare, Roscommon, and Wexford County Councils as well as Ballinasloe Town Council.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]
Irish adventurers Clare O’Leary and Mike O’Shea have pledged to traverse all of the world’s major ice caps following their successful trek along the length of the frozen Lake Baikal in southeastern Siberia.
The pair from Cork and Kerry, respectively, completed the trek of the 25 million-year-old lake, known as the “Galapagos of Russia,” two weeks ago, and is preparing to return home via Mongolia.
Baikal, which extends over 3.15 million hectares to a depth of 5,500 feet, is the world’s oldest and deepest lake and it holds 20 percent of the planet’s fresh running water.
[Source: Irish Times]
Rumors are rife in Athy that Tegral is to create 30 new jobs thanks to the closure of a sister plant in the U.K.
But the company has moved to dampen the reports and say any suggestion about new jobs is “pure speculation.”
Over the past two weeks, reports have been circulating that the closure of a sister plant in the U.K. would spell good news for Athy and bring the new jobs on stream.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
A Kilkenny activist has already collected 2,000 signatures from members of the public in support of rank and file Gardaí (police), having maintained a solo demonstration and petition on High Street since Saturday, March 30.
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