Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
Ian Paisley’s abrupt resignation as First Minister came amid secret DUP plotting to ease him out of office, a controversial new book claimed last week. The Fall of the House of Paisley by Belfast Telegraph journalist David Gordon argues moves to unseat the veteran political firebrand were more subtle than a coup and the party managed to avoid a public bust-up.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)
A teenager ran screaming from Carlow Cineplex after he claimed a ghost appeared in the seat next to him. The lad had been sitting with two friends in screen three, when the mysterious figure of an old man wearing a hat suddenly materialized beside him. The terrified teen was met by Derek Delaney from The Swan, who had just left the new Michael Jackson film at around 11pm. The youth, who Derek described as “absolutely terrified”, was standing in the foyer of the cinema looking - as Derek described it - “completely shook”.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)
Thirteen volunteers from Cavan will among the hundreds that will be devoting their services to the Niall Mellon Township Trust building blitz from November 6 to 13 in South Africa.
An estimated 1,000 volunteers from all parts of the country will be aiming to complete 100 new houses for some of South Africa's poorest families in the township of Wallacedene, Cape Town. A new school hall and communal garden will also be built during the blitz.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)
A call for a new type of leadership was made by priest and social commentator Harry Bohan at the Céifin conference, which opened in Clare last week. He said the question of leadership was one of the most critical facing society at this time of great upheaval. Fr Bohan said there was a need to move away from a command type of leadership to a more participative model, underpinned by honesty and integrity. “The recovery that’s needed cannot be just a repetition of the past . . . renewed community has to be at the centre of our recovery. In many ways the recovery has to start from the ground and grow.” This would require people to take responsibility. “Going along with the prevailing culture sometimes can exonerate people from taking responsibility.”
(Source: The Irish Times)
Grants of up to €150,000 are now available through the North Cork Enterprise Board for exceptional local companies that will bring vital jobs to the region. The new Chief Executive of the board, Michael Hanley, said last week that the recession has re-invigorated North Cork's entrepreneurial spirit — at a recent Enterprise Board open clinic held in Mallow, eight very exciting projects were identified in just one day.
(Source: The Corkman)
Derry City's future was thrown in further doubt last week when it emerged that the FAI is now "very concerned" about a meeting they had with the club on Wednesday night last, with chief executive John Delaney saying it could have "quite severe" ramifications. News of the FAI's comments sparked speculation that Derry City's future in the top flight could be in jeopardy, even if the club's board is able to take action on the grave financial crisis it faces. It's thought that the concerns revolve around players' contracts at Derry City. If the FAI is not satisfied with the information forthcoming from the club, City could face automatic relegation to the League of Ireland First Division.
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