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London Mayor Boris Johnson has paid a lightning visit to Antrim to show he is “on board” with plans to produce parts in the borough for new London buses.
Chassis for 600 double-decker diesel hybrid vehicles will be manufactured at the new Wrightbus plant in the Newpark Industrial Estate in a three-year contract worth more than $300 million.
The extrovert Tory politician met workers and management at the state-of-the-art E.N.-Drive facility Friday, May 10, to officially open the site where 50 new jobs will be created when production is fully under way.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
Parishioners in Whitecross have been left saddened and stunned by the sudden death of their beloved parish priest, Fr. Michael Rogers.
The gregarious 63-year-old cleric, who was described as “a friend to everyone” by members of the loyal congregation he had served over the last 11 years, is understood to have been found dead in bed at his mother’s home in Banbridge Monday morning, May 6.
According to parishioners, Fr. Rogers devoted all his time to the four churches of Loughgilly parish for which he was solely responsible, often celebrating morning mass in one church and evening mass at another. The extremely active parish priest was also chairman of the Board of Governors at all four schools in in the area and was a part-time caretaker to his elderly mother, Patricia. Fr. Rogers was also in great demand to carry out weddings and christenings throughout the parish.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
Recent rule changes that have increased the amount of sponsorship and logos that inter-county teams can carry on their jerseys saw Carlow's senior teams sporting an anti-suicide message when they opened their championship campaigns last weekend.
Both the county footballers and hurlers had the slogan – 'Suicide Aware: Living is Winning' – on the back of their shirts.
"Like a lot of counties Carlow has been affected by this issue and, with so many young men involved in the G.A.A., our county chairman felt that the change of rules about logos gave us a great opportunity to send out a positive message to them," football selector Adrian Corcoran explained.
[Source: Irish Independent]
The minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced he is inviting patron-bodies to apply for the patronage of eight new post-primary schools nationwide, due to be established from 2015 and 2016, one of which is to be placed in the town of Kingscourt.
It comes almost two years after Minister Quinn announced back in 2011 that a new second-level school in Kingscourt was part of the new School Building Program.
A new $9 million school for Kingscourt was first confirmed for the east Cavan Town by Cavan V.E.C. in April 2009, which said once built it could accommodate some 500 pupils.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
Clare Labour Party T.D. Michael McNamara has called on Bord Iascaigh Mhara (B.I.M.) to withdraw its application for a large-scale salmon farm off the north Clare coast because of “a significant difference of opinion” between B.I.M. and Inland Fisheries Ireland (I.F.I.), both State bodies.
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