News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Athy councillor Thomas Redmind is refusing to resign his position as cathaoirleach (chairperson) of the town council following his decision to leave the Labour Party and join Sinn Féin.
He was one of two councillors in County Kildare to resign their Labour Party membership two weeks ago. Clr. Damien Molyneaux, a member of Newbridge Town Council, also tendered his resignation but has indicated he will not be joining any other party.
Both men cited their anger and disappointment at the performance of Labour in government as their reason for opting out.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]
A Kilkenny city building contractor died after a nail gun he was trying to fix in his workshop triggered itself and killed him, accidentally.
Joe Brennan, of 24 Stephen Street, Kilkenny, received a nail into the chest after the machine went off on Saturday afternoon, September 14, at his home. He had placed the machine on his chest to try to restart it. He died later from his injuries at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.
[Source: Kilkenny People]
Laois County Council will cater for 50,000 public sector workers when it operates the Shared Payroll and Superannuation Services Centre in 2014.
Following a bidding process, Laois Co. Council was awarded the contract, which is to be staffed by 72 full-time workers when fully operational.
County manager Peter Carey said that the development represented a “significant achievement” for the council.
[Source: Laois Nationalist]
Two weeks ago, the angling championship was a true success, but only for two stewards could it have taken a different complexion.
The quick-thinking of two Inland Waterway stewards, who provided first aid after one of the competitors suffered a heart attack, prevented the tournament being overshadowed by tragedy.
The five-day Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship saw fishermen from Ireland, Britain and further afield treated to “phenomenal” angling.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
Councilors have criticized city engineering officials after plans to erect traffic lights in Thomondgate were shelved.
At the northside area meeting two weeks ago, Clr. Tom Shortt requested an update on the progress made concerning the installation of traffic and pedestrian lights at the end of Thomond Bridge.
In response, Rory McDermott told him the provision of lights is “not warranted.”
Instead, he said funding for a zebra crossing there would be sought next year.
Councilor Cormac Hurley (Fine Gael) said he has “always been an admirer of Rory’s . . . but I do not go along with this.”
[Source: Limerick Leader]
A butcher based in Drumlish competed in the R.D.S. in Dublin last week, as his products qualified for the final of the national Sausage and Pudding Competition.
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