News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Sept 29 2013
What's been in the Irish news, around the country, this week
An increase in reports of cracked and split black bins, amid complaints from ratepayers that Antrim Borough Council bin machinery is allegedly causing some of the damage, has prompted council officers to review their policy on replacement black bins.
Alliance Councilor Neil Kelly said that he had been contacted by a number of residents who claimed that their black bins had been split by council lorries.
A council officer explained that at present, if a black bin is less than five years old and is damaged, the council will replace it free of charge. If older than five years, however, the owner will be charged $64 for another bin.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
The inquest into the death in custody of Shane Rogers, the man who murdered Crossmaglen Rangers G.A.A. star, James Hughes, was adjourned for three months.
Rogers (32), from Inniskeen in County Monaghan, hung himself in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse in Dublin, after being held there for the murder of the Crossmaglen Rangers captain nine days earlier.
Rogers blasted Mr. Hughes to death after firing a double-barreled shotgun into the taxi that contained he and Rogers’ ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Patricia Byrne. The man targeted the pair outside her home in a Dundalk housing estate in the early hours of December 11. The father of three young children sustained fatal gunshot wounds to the neck and upper body, while Ms. Byrne suffered facial injuries. The killing sent shockwaves through the local community of Crossmaglen where Mr. Hughes was a popular and well-known figure.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
A radical recasting of European Parliament constituencies will be made in advance of next year’s election after a report from an independent Constituencies Committee.
The committee’s recommendation must be approved by the Oireachtas (National Parliament), but this is seen as a foregone conclusion.
Dublin will remain a three-seat in the new dispensation, comprising the local administrative areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and the city of Dublin.
A new four-seat constituency, to be known as Midlands-North-West, will comprise counties: Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and Galway city.
A new four-seat “South” constituency will comprise: Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
[Source: Irish Times]
Following a year of good progress on the playing fields by Cavan footballers, there was further delight in the county last week with the news that Aogan Farrell, former president of the Ulster Council has got the green light from Cavan County Board to run for president of the G.A.A.
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