News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 24 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
The $2.3 million project is in the latter stages of completion, so the news that all work had ceased completely and that staff were not informed of any imminent stoppages was seen as a worrying development. At the time, the Southern Trust seemed to be in the dark as to why work had stopped and had unsuccessfully tried to meet with the building contractors to discuss the matter.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
A taxi driver was left seriously injured after he was beaten "like a punch-bag" by three hijackers.
The thugs stole his night's takings at knifepoint and bound his hands and feet while punching and kicking him in the head.
It is the second time Mauzam Aziz (32) has been robbed since becoming a taxi driver two years ago.
The assault on Mr. Aziz was carried out after he had been flagged down on the N4 at Palmerstown in west Dublin at around 3:40 a.m. last Wednesday.
[Source: Evening Herald]
An 86-year-old man who was told by staff at South West Acute Hospital he needed surgery at Altnagelvin in Derry was also told there was no ambulance available to take him there. The patient, described as being in “extreme pain,” was forced to find his own way from the South West Acute hospital in Enniskillen to Altnagelvin hospital in Derry – in what an M.L.A has described as a “fiasco.”
The pensioner, from Fivemiletown, was taken to the South West Acute Hospital in the town, and, when he was told that, the following day, he would have to undergo surgery – the nurse also told him an ambulance was unavailable and he had to travel up to Altnagelvin himself.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]
Twenty-five new jobs are on the way to Galway with the opening of a new discount store in the city next month.
Discount supermarket Dealz, which has stores in 27 other locations around Ireland, plans to make a make a move to Galway for the first time and is in the process of signing contracts regarding its location.
The company was holding recruitment at the Hotel Meyrick in Eyre Square last Thursday.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]
So the fascination and old rivalry of Dublin against Kerry in the football championship has lost none of its appeal as their All-Ireland semi-final next Sunday is set to attract the first full house in Croke Park this summer.
It’s not quite an 82,300 sell-out, not yet anyway, but the G.A.A. have alerted any supporters still considering attending to get their hands on the tickets quick: a limited number of stand tickets have been released for sale to the general public, although the entire Hill 16 allocation has been snapped up, presumably by Dublin.
“What we’re saying effectively is that it will sell out, in the next day or two, so anybody still looking to get a ticket would want to get in quick,” said Gary Finn in the G.A.A. press office, “because there will be a scramble for whatever tickets are left.”
[Source: Irish Times]
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