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Local communities have been left stranded with the loss of two bus services this month, as Bus Eireann and Aircoach both cut their services to Laois.

Bus Eireann is cutting out Durrow, Abbeyleix and Johnstown and taking the motorway directly from Portlaoise to Urlingford, effective from Sunday, June 24, in efforts to speed up their new Cork to Dublin airport service.

Aircoach cancelled their inter-town service June 8, blaming a decline in passenger numbers. They will now operate an express service only from Cork to Dublin airport. It took in Portlaoise Abbeyleix and Durrow.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Mohill’s Phil Kearney-Byrne is the winner of the RTÉ Radio 1 2012 Short Story Competition in Memory of Francis Mac Manus.

Phil Kearney-Byrne’s entry, entitled It’s All a Cod was the overall winner and Phil will be awarded $3,750 along with having her winning entry read by actor Pat Laffan and broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Monday 18 June at 11.10 p.m.

Ms. Kearney Byrne’s winning entry introduces two divergent portraits of a stubborn widower and plays with the clichés of what it is to be elderly. Dublin-born Kearney Byrne studied science at UCD and trained in London as a psychotherapist. She lives and runs her professional practice in Mohill. She was short-listed for the Fish Flash Fiction and Short Story Competitions in 2010. It’s All a Cod is her first piece of fiction to be published.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A barman who was sacked after customers complained he had been drunk on the job and messing up orders has been awarded $3,782 after taking a case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal.

Gerard Clery, of Cappalaheen, Kilkishen, County Clare, denied drinking while on duty at the Mall Bar, Sandmall, on the night of Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Bar owner Pat Cowhey gave evidence of having dismissed Mr. Clery arising from complaints. Mr. Cowhey said he had had reason “on numerous occasions” to warn Mr. Clery to cut down on his drinking. He had seen evidence of this himself and had also received complaints from customers.

Mr. Cowhey’s niece was working on Easter Sunday and called her uncle to tell her Mr. Clery was drunk on duty. He received calls from customers making the same claim.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Dozens of workers at Bord Na Mona in Lanesboro will down tools for a second time later this month over a 3.5% pay increase.

Unions at the State-owned peat producer this week gave the green light to escalate industrial action by holding two further days of stoppages on June 27 and 28.

News of the additional stoppages comes after staff at the peat firm rejected an earlier deal involving Union officials and management concerning the 3.5% rise earlier this year.

The deal, agreed last April, reportedly meant staff would have received a lump sum payment of $1,250 upfront along with a 1.75% pay rise.
 [Source: Longford Leader]


Fifty percent of houses in Louth have paid the Household Charge according to the Louth County Council

And the council have said they will now proceed to recover the outstanding charge from households that have not paid.

Payments made after March 31 incur interest of one percent per month.

The Household Charge continues to be paid online and by post.

The backlog has now been processed by the department and Louth County Council like all other local authorities has been informed that the process is up to date.

At the end of March about 30% of the hoses liable for the charge had their payments processed.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Two Mayo brothers charged with possession of explosives and membership of the IRA have been remanded in custody after appearing before the Special Criminal Court last Monday.

Colm Mannion (32) of Burriscarra, Clogher, Claremorris and Brian Mannion (29) also of Burriscarra, Clogher, Claremorris are accused of being in possession of explosives material on Saturday, June 9 at a house close to the well-known village of Carnacon.

The two brothers appeared before a Special Criminal Court sitting after they were arrested in a raid on a premises in Clogher which was part of a garda (police) operation against dissident republican activity in the west of Ireland.
[Source: The Mayo News]


One of Ireland's most sacred monuments – the Lia Fáil or Stone of Destiny – on the Hill of Tara, which served as the coronation stone for the High Kings of Ireland - has been vandalized.

The attack – by someone wielding a hammer or iron bar – has horrified archaeologists, historians and ordinary members of the public who view the stone as a central part of Irish mythology.

The attack on the stone was discovered by a local historian on June 9, and the damage has been inspected by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Monuments Service. The incident has been reported to the gardai (police).
[Source: Meath Chronicle]