Roadside Sales OK
INDEPENDENT councilor Gerry Ginty this week questioned the legality of roadside strawberry sellers which have popped up around the roadsides of the county in recent weeks.
At the June meeting of the Ballina electoral area Ginty said, “We have a stall selling strawberries on the side of the road. There has to be a health and safety issue, and it’s also unfair on the people who have fruit and veg business in the town and are paying rates and employing people in the town and area.”
However, Ginty was informed by the council executive that there is an exemption in legislation that allows people to sell strawberries and potatoes on the side of the road, so they are not breaking any law or regulation.
Topless Female Fight
TWO WOMEN have been arrested by Gardai (police) following a topless brawl in front of children.
The fight broke out on a recent morning when parents were bringing their children to schools and child-minding facilities in Doon. One eyewitness said it was like watching wrestling on television.
“It was surreal, completely unbelievable. They just went at each other. Biting, scratching, pulling hair, kicking, everything, you name it,” said the eyewitness, who didn’t wish to be named.
As the brawl progressed on Monastery Road, near Coonagh Court housing estate, the women were in a state of undress.
“It was in the middle of the street. They were down on the ground on top off each other beating the heads off each other. The next thing the tops were pulled off each other and then a bra went flying through the air,” said the eyewitness.
“You would think that this would have stopped them – but not a bit of it, they kept at it. It wasn’t a few slaps either, this was vicious stuff. There was blood on the ground.
“Remember now, this was at 9:15 in the morning at a time when mums and dads are bringing their little ones to school and child minders.”
The Limerick Leader understands that the two women involved, both aged in their thirties, were the best of friends but had a serious falling out in recent times.
It is believed that the incident arose following a previous altercation between two males connected to the two parties. “There were men watching them among the crowd,” the witness added.
“I don’t know who they were but they were shouting and roaring. One guy was egging one on, shouting. ‘Kill her! Kill her!’”
Following Garda investigations two women were arrested in Doon on Monday. They were released without charge with a file to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Father Tony Ryan, Doon parish priest, said the entire community is appalled at what took place and the adverse publicity surrounding it. He said everyone in the locality is united in “anger and sadness and grief.”
“Please God this is once-off publicity,” he added.
Patient Can’t Move
AN elderly cancer patient who cannot get in or out of her home on her mobility scooter because of vehicles parking on her doorstep has expressed frustration at the Department of Environment (DOE).
Popping out of her Lisanally Lane home to get the simplest of groceries has become a real chore for 66-year-old Virginia Farnan as drivers park on the footpath, meaning she cannot maneuver the scooter out of her home.
Farnan has had three major operations in the last five years leaving her with walking difficulties. She was given the scooter six months ago but has had nothing but heartache since.
“Many people use this street for free parking. Only a handful of the cars are actually residents and the rest are workers or people who park here to go into the city,” she said.
“The drivers park right up on the footpath outside my door so I can't get out. If no one is parked when I'm leaving I worry the whole way home that someone will have parked outside my house while I was away and then I'll have to abandon the scooter somewhere.
“The DOE have been out to the house but say they can't do anything. They told me they can't install a drop curb because there's already one on at the top of the street.
“They say they can't make me a disabled car parking bay because I don't own a car.
"Even getting milk has become such a task and it's very frustrating. I'm worried I will hit someone's car and it's not like I can go around and ask the owner to move the car because it's not my neighbor's car.
“A sign could be put up to say 'Residents Only.’”
The Ulster Gazette
The Cost of Dying
CARRICKFERGUS is one of the most expensive places to get buried in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey published by the trade union GMB.
The union said the survey showed that Carrick Council charges £524 for a burial in a graveyard and £100 for a cremation, which puts the council in the top four most expensive councils for burial charges.