News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Deputy Noel Coonan has received further information from his colleague and Justice Minister Alan Shatter that the formal commencement of the recruitment process is expected to get underway in September, with the first students entering the Garda (Police) College in Templemore in mid-2014.
“This announcement has been widely welcomed by the people of Templemore and we hope it is the start of an upturn in the economy for the town and its environs. I want to compliment the entire management and staff of the Garda College and Superintendent Pat McCabe for their enterprise and for keeping the college alive during the lean periods in the last number of years. I hope it is the first of a number of positive developments for the Garda College as it prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening on February 14, 1964,” said Deputy Coonan.
[Source: Tipperary Star]
Police are to tackle the impact of the "excessive drink problem" in both Dungannon and Cookstown as part of a U.K.-wide Alcohol Harm Initiative looking at violent crime.
The P.S.N.I. will be working with partner agencies to highlight and tackle the growing drink culture in both towns.
Commenting on the plans, Superintendent Simon Walls told the Courier: "Nearly 50 percent of all violent crime is alcohol related. Statistics also indicate that in incidents of domestic abuse, offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents.
“Clearly, this is a cause for concern."
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
Congratulations to Ardkeen Superstores on the Dunmore Road in Waterford City. The lucky store sold the $17.3 million EuroMillions jackpot winning ticket for Friday's (September 13) draw. The winner, a young Southeast man who shared the $34.6 million jackpot with a player in Spain, claimed his prize last Monday in National Lottery H.Q.
The winning ticket was an $8 play and the winner picked his own numbers. It almost didn't happen as a slip of his pen ticked number 32 on his play-slip by mistake. But that mistake scooped him the multi million Euros jackpot.
[Source: Waterford Today]
An elderly pedestrian has died in a road traffic collision in Mullingar last Thursday afternoon.
It is understood he was struck at a pedestrian crossing on the Castlepollard Road near the Midland Regional Hospital.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]
Tributes have poured in for a nine-year-old girl and her elderly babysitter who lost their lives in a tragic house fire just outside Enniscorthy two weekends ago.
Gabriela Glorija Gruznova (9) was being looked after by Philomena O’Rourke (84) when a blaze ripped through the woman’s Clohass home in the early hours of Saturday morning, September 14.
The little girl had been staying at the house, which she paid regular visits to, while her mother Zane Sutra went for a meal with Mrs. Rourke’s son, Aidan, in Mick Wallace’s restaurant in Enniscorthy on Friday night.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
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