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Revenue from parking charges in Tullamore has fallen by 72%.

At last Monday’s quarterly meeting of Tullamore Area Committee, Gabriel Conlon told members that revenue had fallen from $1.4 million to $800,000.

Mr. Conlon was giving a presentation to members on the Tullamore Draft Parking Bye-Laws 2012.
The bye-laws which are on public display until June 22 with the closing date for submissions July 9, will see a number of changes in parking around the town.

These include the introduction of one-hour maximum parking in the center of town, two-hour maximum paid parking in town center residential areas, and 50 cent per half-hour paid parking in all-day car parks.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A five-year-old girl died after a man set fire to a house because he was in a rage over finding his girlfriend lying on a bed with another man a few weeks earlier, Roscommon Circuit Court heard last Tuesday.

Mari Keane-Connolly from 49 Termon Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, died after her home “became an inferno” in the early hours of October 3rd, last year.

Teresa Keane, in an emotional victim impact statement, said her daughter “had been killed for nothing” and no apology would bring her back. Abuse was shouted at John Lynch, with an address at 39 Church View in Boyle, when he was led into court.
[Source: Irish Times]


At the Yeats statue outside a bank in Sligo, Paul Murray was blowing up balloons and trying to explain to a tourist what Yeats Day was all about, with a passing reference to Bloomsday. “In Sligo we have a writer who people actually read,” he explained.

The first-ever Yeats Day, billed as a dawn to dusk celebration to mark W.B. Yeats’s birthday, had started with a boat trip across Lough Gill to the lake isle of Innisfree and a full Irish breakfast on the menu for passengers (not a nutty gizzard or a urine-scented mutton kidney in sight).

Senator Susan O’Keeffe, the driving force behind the event, said the idea was to give everyone an opportunity to enjoy Yeats, “even the people who know only one Yeats poem”.
[Source: Irish Times]


Two intrepid Nenagh women are travelling to Thailand this summer to carry out volunteer work at Cultural Canvas Thailand. Rosemary Kennedy from Foilnamuck, Dolla, and Susan O’Connor, Tyone, are travelling together to Chiang Mai, Thailand, with EIL Intercultural Learning Ireland to take part in the project.

Both are past pupils of St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh. Rosemary, daughter of Mary Hayes, Ballinahich, is a nurse working in The Galway Clinic, and Susan, daughter of Nora Chadwick from Borrisoleigh, and St Mary’s deputy principal, Luke O’Connor, is a primary school teacher in Scoil Mhuire, Clondalkin, Dublin.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (the Department) has accepted disqualification undertakings from three directors of a Tyrone plant machinery hire company.

John Martin Haughey (50) and Padraig Haughey (24), both of Drumeen Road, Beragh, Omagh, accepted disqualification undertakings for seven years and five years respectively and Francis Patrick Horisk (32) of Shantavny Road, Ballygawley, accepted disqualification undertakings for six years in respect of their conduct as directors of PFG Plant Hire Limited ("the Company").
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A 14-year-old boy was punched in the face by another youth who stole his money. The unprovoked attack is one of a number of incidents currently under investigation by Gardaí (police) in Waterford.

Investigations were also ongoing following a drug seizure and a number of burglaries which had taken place in the city last week.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


As her prize, Strand Street resident Emilia Krysztofiak will now spend much of the summer photographing concerts by the likes of Snow Patrol and Florence and the Machine.

Emilia was one of 12 photographers who were shortlisted in the HTC One Hot Press competition last month. This group was then asked to photograph and take video footage of an intimate gig in Dublin by the band Royseven. When their work from the concert was assessed, two overall winners - Emilia, and Sean Conroy - were chosen.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


Reliable sources close to Deputy Mick Wallace have confirmed to The Echo that he will not resign his Dail {Irish parliament) seat.

Deputy Wallace was due to deliver a statement to the Dail last Thursday, but Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett declined the Wexford TD’s request to do so as it did not fall within the remit of the Standing Orders cited in his statement June 9.
[Source: Wexford Echo]