Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A historic day for the county was how the Minister for Transport and self-declared proud Meathman, Noel Dempsey, described the opening of the M3 motorway as he cut the green and gold ribbon Friday morning last on a section of the new motorway outside Navan.
The scheme signifies a major investment in the physical infrastructure of the region, he told the sun-drenched gathering, which included public representatives, Chamber of Commerce members, representatives from the National Roads Authority, the Eurolink consortium which built the road and many other groups involved in the building of the M3.
A small group of protesters who had campaigned against the motorway route going through the historic Tara-Skryne landscape was prevented by Gardai from getting onto the new road at the Athboy Road/Navan North interchange for the formal opening.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen officially opened the Offaly Local Development offices at Millennium House on Main Street, Tullamore last Friday.
And he encouraged people in Offaly to avail of the €11.5million in funding the development company has been awarded under the Rural Development Program 2009 to 2013.
(Source The Offaly Express)
The Promoters of a biopark for Tibohine are adamant that construction and ground works will begin at the site in Ballinphuill before the end of the summer, with or without the support of the local people.
Tibohine residents are claiming that they have been “misled” by the company planning to establish the bio-park.
So incensed are they by the plans by the company to seek a 25,000 ton waste license from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they have commenced a signature campaign against the development, have lodged objections with the EPA.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)
A Sligo town drug gang have been using high tech tracking equipment to bring drugs ashore in West Sligo.
A wooden pallet of drugs was floated from a boat a few miles off Aughris and picked up by gang members who brought the drugs back to Sligo.
The criminals then made their way back to Sligo via a maze of back roads, some weeks ago.
Gang members have been using quiet beaches like Dunmoran and Trabhui to drop off the drugs over the past 15 years, according to sources.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)
The fabulous new Tipperary Technology Park in Thurles was officially opened last week by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O'Keeffe TD bringing a total investment by Shannon Development in the Park to €7.4 million.
The €3.6 million Innovation Works 3 comprises a 21,500 sq/ft two-storey office building and associated site works including an increase to the existing car parking area with the total industrial space in the Park now over 45,000sq/ft.
(Source: The Tipperary Star)
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Blimey, Chuck! Sounds like what is going on in the construction industry in the UK now happened 30 years ago in the USA. Can't say we weren't warned..Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
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Plus you have 3-5 million people of Irish ancestry living in the island of Britain as well. Most of the people I went to school with were sons and dauRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
EamonnDublin: Well, let's take Australia, for instance. The main body of people who are the descendants of the settlers there are known as Anglo-Celts