News from around the Irish counties
The much anticipated report from An Bord Snip Nua, which was discussed by the Cabinet this Wednesday, recommends that Shannon Development should be amalgamated with other state agencies including the IDA and Enterprise Ireland.
Shannon Development, which was established in 1959, is the only regional development agency in the country and has operations across Limerick, Clare, Kerry, North Tipperary and South West Offaly. It employs over 130 people and has an annual turnover of around €33 million. At the end of 2008 the company had assets and land worth over €250 million. If the recommendations go ahead it is still not clear how many people, if any, would loose their jobs.
Source: The Limerick Leader
Gardai (police) have released the two men who were being questioned following the discovery of eight pipe bombs at a house outside Longford town on Sunday evening last. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public prosecutions to decide if any charges are to be brought over the incident. The men, who are in their 40s and late teens respectively, were released without charge on Tuesday evening last. They were being questioned following the find at a house just off the main Longford to Lanesboro Road on Sunday last.
Source: The Longford Leader
The Drogheda Independent has learned of a number of incidents in the past fortnight of babies and young children being left in cars alone in the car parks at two local retail parks, sometimes in high temperatures, while the parent or guardian goes shopping. 'I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the first car, which was well into the car park, and had a small infant sitting alone in the back seat crying, with a window down just a crack,' one reader stated. 'There was no sign of an adult, so I contacted security, who told me they had to break a window just last week to get to a baby who had been left in the car alone while the parent went shopping, and when they returned, discovered they had actually left their keys in the car.' It has been reported that similar incidents have happened.
Source: The Drogheda Independent
Government Ministers do not accept that Belmullet gardaí (police) exceeded their powers when they arrested fishermen Pat and Jonathan O’Donnell last month ahead of the arrival of Shell pipelaying vessel, the Solitaire. However, they told a delegation of Erris fishermen, who met them in Dublin last Friday, that the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey had given Chief Supt Michael Larkin extra powers under Section 39 of the Maritime Safety Act 2005. Mr. Eddie Diver, Chairman of the Erris Inshore Fishermen’s Association (EIFA), also said that EIFA accepted that local gardaí were acting under orders. He also said that Friday’s meeting, organized by Minister Dara Calleary, had been very positive and constructive.
Source: The Mayo News
The Trim area has suffered a major jobs blow with the announcement that 18 jobs are to go at local envelope manufacturing firm, Trimfold. Employees were told last Monday that due to the company’s withdrawal from the UK market where it can no longer compete, 18 jobs would be lost at the Trim plant. It is understood that the envelope manufacturer, which is located in the Duggan Industrial Estate on the Athboy Road, currently employees approximately 50 people. A meeting took place last Friday between SIPTU officials who represent the workers, and management of Trimfold, one of the town’s longest-established companies.
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