News from around the Irish counties
Government deal maker Jackie Healy Rae admitted last week that he is not in a position to force Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen into assisting Kerry's beleaguered farmers who were hit by the closure of the REPs 4 scheme. Addressing over 250 angry farmers at an IFA protest outside his Killarney clinic last Saturday, the Kilgarvan man was heckled continuously as he addressed farmers from the back of a lorry just hours after the government announced the early closure of the grant scheme. Amid heated calls of "go, go, go" from the assembled farmers, the Kilgarvan man said that the government could still pass votes without his support.
Source: The Kerryman
The Oxegen music festival has been branded a success, with the organizers and gardaí (police) having quashed fears that the 80,000 revelers could cause damage to the town of Naas. Tidy Towns chairman Councilor Seamie Moore has praised Oxegen organizers MCD and the gardaí for their roles in ensuring that Naas remained orderly and tidy throughout the weekend. “There was a great effort made,” he stated, noting that complaints made after the recent AC/DC concert had been addressed.
Source: The Kildare Nationalist
Thieves who broke in to Gowran's Reptile Village Zoo early last Tuesday morning are contenders to be named Kilkenny's 'thickest thieves'. The intruders smashed their way into the zoo, which houses man-eating crocodiles and a dazzling array of dangerous animals including pit vipers, Nile Monitor lizards and boa constrictors. They then stole three worthless creatures, raided a charity box and smashed through a door - despite the fact the one right next to it was open - all of which was caught on video camera.
Source: The Kilkenny People
Portlaoise Town Council heard last week that putting the name ‘Bellingham’ on a roundabout on the Mountrath Road was akin to a suburb of Paris being called ‘Hitlerville’ after the Nazi occupation of France. Cllr Brian Stanley (SF) told the council that neither the councilors nor the people of Portlaoise were happy with the label ‘Bellingham’, which, although claimed to be historically appropriate, was the name of the commander of an army of occupation of the town. The name had been given to the estate adjoining the roundabout and then to the roundabout itself, which is on the main road.
Source: The Laois Nationalist
A junior doctor who admitted he pretended to give a crucial antibiotic to an elderly women to "placate" a nurse was found guilty of professional misconduct at a public hearing by the Medical Council on July 6. Malaysian-born Lee Sengh Khoo, who worked at Sligo General Hospital, was censured, fined €2,500 and suspended from the medical register. The Medical Council's Fitness to Practice Committee found he was dishonest in pretending to administer the drug.
Source: The Leitrim Observer
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