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The divisiveness of funding being offered locally by the developer and the level of interaction between consent authorities both North and South of the border in respect to the current licensing option were also highlighted during the meeting.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

Two French nationals have suffered robberies in Limerick’s city center in recent days.
And Henry Street Gardaí (police) has arrested a man in a third case where a woman was robbed while walking on Denmark Street.

The first incident involved the theft of a mobile phone from a French student. The incident took place at Belfield Gardens at approximately 6:45 p. m. on Saturday, July 7. The student, a 15-year-old male, was approached by a man who demanded that he hand over his mobile phone, which he duly did.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

The new Mayor of County Longford Sean Farrell described the Sunday Business Post article on heroin in Longford two weekends ago as a “hatchet job.”

In a video interview on, Clr. Farrell described his feeling upon reading Peter Geoghegan’s piece as one of “outrage,” saying that in his estimation the “dark arts of journalism” were used to convey the impression that Longford was a mecca for heroin usage. In reality, he contends

Longford’s problem is no worse than many other midland towns.
[Source: Longford Leader]

According to the latest figures from the CSO, Ryan is the most popular name for boys in Louth, while Emily is the most popular for girls.

Ryan has topped the poll for the third year in a row, while Emily has been the most popular both 2011 and 2010, taking over from Sophie in 2009.

The name Ryan bucks the national trend, where Jack is the most popular. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007, and Emily moved up one place to obtain the number one spot for the first time.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

One person on average per week has taken their own life in Mayo in 2012 after it was revealed last week that 23 people in the county have died by suicide since the turn of the year. The frightening statistics were discussed in depth at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council after Independent councilor Michael Kilcoyne had raised the matter, adding that figures had trebled in the last three years.

An emotional discussion on mental health and suicide prevention took place in the council chamber following a presentation by Mary O’Sullivan, the HSE West Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention and Máire Ní Dhomhnaill, a counsellor in the Family Resource Centre in Castlebar.
[Source: The Mayo News]


A flaming coal fire will be a thing of the past for Navan households from next year as the ban on traditional smoky coal is extended to the town.

Local coal merchants are now gearing up for the change, which will see householders having to change to smokeless coal from next May.

While concern has been expressed that the smokeless fuels will add extra expense to hard-pressed households, it is believed the ban will have significant health benefits for the town – environmental health research has indicated that the ban in Dublin has resulted in up to 350 fewer annual deaths.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]

Gardaí (police) and customs officials have shut down an illegal fuel-laundering operation in County Monaghan near the Irish border.

The plant at Longfield, Castleblaney, had the capacity to launder 15 million liters of fuel a year at a cost of $9.1m to the Exchequer, officials said.

It was concealed in a lorry at a commercial yard.

The lorry, two 40-foot containers, two tankers, a van and 40,000 liters of laundered product have been seized.
[Source: BBC News]

A bankrupt former Fianna Fáil councilor and one-time general election candidate has admitted stealing from a court-appointed official assignee.

Gerard Killally (41), Edenderry, Co. Offaly who is a former Fianna Fáil chairman of Offaly County Council, admitted taking shop equipment from a premise he used to own at Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath, between October 2010 and February 2011.

The offenses happened after he was declared bankrupt and the shop and its contents were under the control of the court’s official assignee Christopher Lehane.

Mr. Killally pleaded guilty before Judge Anthony Hunt at Mullingar Circuit Court to three counts of theft and one of forging a letter.
[Source: Irish Times]


Former OC star Mischa Barton has revealed how she once cut turf on her uncle's farm in Roscommon.

The 26-year-old, whose mother hails from Roscommon, spent many childhood holidays in the Midlands before she hit the big time playing troubled teen Marissa Cooper in US TV show The OC in 2003.