Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Derry Journal)
A senior Garda officer has spoken of the force's concern at the worrying increase of drug use and, in particular, heroin in Donegal. Garda Inspector Pat O'Donnell says drug use is widespread across the county and every weekend gardai here are making seizures of drugs, money and varieties of drugs paraphernalia and equipment. He also admitted Donegal is "wide open" to people who want to bring drugs here and said the majority of drugs are being brought from Dublin, Belfast and Galway.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A total of £42,000 worth of drugs were seized in Warrenpoint in just six months, the PSNI has revealed. The figures were disclosed by Constable Stan Lutton and Sergeant Kenny Millen at a Forum for Discussion hosted by Newry and Mourne District Policing Partnership in Warrenpoint Town Hall on Tuesday last. The officers also revealed that in the six months from April to September, there were nine planned searches in the Warrenpoint area, resulting in seven people being charged with intent to supply drugs.
(Source: The Down Democrat)
The socially aware clothing company founded by Bono and his wife Ali Hewson has lost millions of dollars and is struggling in the economic downturn, new figures have revealed. The future of Edun Apparel, a fashion label aimed at helping some of the most vulnerable communities on earth in sub-Saharan Africa, remains unclear after accounts filed last week show falling sales. The losses will come as no surprise to many fashion experts as the sector has taken a massive hit due to the credit crunch. However, due to the high profile of Bono and his wife, many thought Edun would not suffer as much as other companies. Accounts filed for the business reveal that the fashion company retained losses of $19m (€12.8m) in 2008, a 23pc increase from the previous year's $14.5 (€9.7m).
(Source: The Evening Herald)
An Enniskillen councilor is calling for the headquarters of the new amalgamated Fermanagh and Omagh 'super council' to be based in the county town. Frank Britton, SDLP made the plea at last Monday night's meeting of Fermanagh District Council. He told councilors Enniskillen was the right location for the headquarters for a number of reasons: "Firstly, we have the largest population in the new council, we have the largest land area; and we will raise the largest level of rates in the new council area," he explained.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)
Ninety new jobs are to be created in Galway with the announcement that technology giant Hewlett Packard is to create 50 new jobs in the city, while online retailer Buy.com is to take on 40 employees in their soon to be created European headquarters. The 50 new jobs in HP come as part of a €11 million expansion project in the region, involving the establishment of a center of expertise for cloud computing services.
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