News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 4 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
Two Gardaí (police) remain off work after the squad car they were travelling in was struck by a car they were pursuing in relation to road traffic offenses.
The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, July 24 at approximately 4:35 a.m.
The Leitrim Observer understands Gardaí were made aware of a car which was thought to be acting suspiciously in the Drumshanbo area during the Joe Mooney Summer School Festival, which was held in the town two weeks ago.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]
A student has failed in a bid to overturn his expulsion from U.L. after the Equality Tribunal ruled his claims of racial discrimination were baseless.
College authorities had urged the tribunal not to hear Pierce Parker’s case, which they described as “a diatribe,” “vexatious and frivolous”.
Mr. Parker, an Asian-American postgraduate student, had made several internal complaints of racial discrimination against fellow students and others between 2009 and 2011 – all of which were dismissed.
[Source: Limerick Leader]
Representatives from Longford’s elderly and disabled population believe sweeping government cutbacks to home adaptation grants will push indebted families deeper into poverty, writes Liam Cosgrove.
It emerged two weeks ago that new applications for house adaptation grants will be sanctioned this year.
North Longford pensioner Mary Ellen Gray was one of courageous few to speak out on the enforced changes. She said the modest incomes senior citizens have to survive on could mean necessary upgrades for some like hand rails, kitchen aids and other appliances might have to be put on the long finger.
[Source: Longford Leader]
A former mushroom site on the racecourse road has been turned into a caravan park in recent times, with up to 13 caravans present on the site at any given time.
A concerned resident from Ath Lethan, the housing estate just across the road from the site, spoke to the Dundalk Democrat about the deterioration of the site over the past eight years.
“I first moved into my residence in Ath Lethan in 2005 and back then the site was being used a dumping ground.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
When John Kearns found a bunch of balloons in some ferns on his land in Carrowkilleen, Crossmolina in the early afternoon on July 20, he gave them to his nephews and their cousin, thinking no more of them.
That was until his brother-in-law, Patrick Howley, Google-searched the web address printed on the balloons, which suggested that the very same balloons had traveled an astonishing 300 miles in 24 hours from Tavistock in West Devon, England.
“John thought there was someone walking along the hedges but after going over he realized they were balloons so he gave them to my twin sons Joseph and Conor and their cousin Michael,” explained Mr. Howley.
[Source: The Mayo News]
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