Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Monaghan Post)
The long-awaited new school building at Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore, looks set to become a reality, after the Town Council issued the Board of Management last week with notice of its intention to grant planning permission, subject to there being no appeal to An Bord Pleanála.
If all goes to plan, the development will mark the end of an era that has spanned a half-century, with the demolition of all but one of the existing school buildings, prefabricated buildings and outhouses and the construction of a new 575 pupil (5,550 square meter) secondary school building over three storey and part two storey and single storey.
(Source: The Offaly Express)
The planned introduction of drug rehabilitation programs at Castlerea prison, and more specifically a methadone program, sparked concerns last week that such programs will only attract “hard drugs” into the town. The Irish Prison Service confirmed last week that drug rehabilitation programs, including methadone maintenance programs, are on the way for the Castlerea facility.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)
The Garda's (police) new CCTV system in Sligo City and its environs is now fully operational, and has been described by Supt. Michael Barrett as "a welcome addition to our policing strategy." He said personnel at Sligo Garda Station who were trained to a strict code of practice monitored the system on a 24-hour basis. "The system is beneficial in relation to the investigation of various crimes," said the Superintendent, who added that it was also helpful in traffic control and diversions as well as identifying and controlling public order hot spots. As well as help solve crime, the presence of the system also acts as a deterrent. In addition, he said it helped generate a sense of security among the local community.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
South Tipperary Fianna Fail T.D., Mr. Mattie McGrath has called for further clarification and discussion on the establishment of the State's new "bad bank" before indicating whether he will support its enactment. The Newcastle man last week stated that the last thing he wanted was that developers would get their hands on property taken over by the National Management Asset Agency for knock down prices. Mr. McGrath stated that he was not happy to support the NAMA and wanted public clarification.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
A family have been held hostage overnight by a gang plotting an armed robbery, it was disclosed last Friday. They were held for more than 12 hours by the gang before it failed in a bid to rob a cash in transit van on the Annagher Road in Coalisland, on Thursday afternoon last. The previous night the gang members who forced their way into their home held the family of three living near the scene. They were kept hostage until just before 12.30 on Thursday afternoon when the armed and masked gang approached the cash van but failed to gain access. The gang made off empty handed in the family's black Mazda 6 - with a GHZ registration - which has not yet been located.
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