News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A man in his 40s has been arrested by detectives investigating recent pipe bomb alerts in the Antrim area. It follows a search of a house in the Randalstown area last Tuesday. Earlier this month, an eight-year-old schoolboy at St Comgall's Primary School in Antrim, was at the centre of an alert when he picked up a pipe bomb in the school playground. A bomb was also left close to a primary school in the nearby village of Crumlin. About 170 pupils were moved to a community centre after the device was found outside an unmanned police station opposite Crumlin Integrated Primary.

(Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)


A 51-year-old man has been charged following the recovery of cannabis plants with an estimated value of £25,000 in Portadown, County Armagh. They were discovered by police after the search of a house in Oban Drive last Tuesday. The man has been charged with possession of a Class B drug, cultivation of it and possession with intent to supply of a Class B drug.

(Source: BBC News Northern Ireland)


The manager of a Carlow town pub was taken hostage during a shocking tiger raid last weekend. Aileen Julian, the popular manager of The Med Bar on Tullow Street, is understood to have been taken captive by three men after she made her way home from work late last weekend. It was confirmed to The Nationalist that approximately €50,000 was stolen from the pub following the raid. It is under stood that Ms Julian lives in the Chaplestown Gate area of Carlow town, where she was accosted by three men after making her way home.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


The drugs menace is beginning to take hold in Cavan and Monaghan with devastating consequences for families and young people - at least 50 full-blown heroin addicts are now availing of Methadone substitute in this area. While the HSE has confirmed to The Anglo-Celt that there are approximately 50 people availing of Methadone treatment in the Cavan/Monaghan region, the paper understands there are dozens more who either do not want to reveal their habit or do not have access to Methadone.

(Source: The Angle Celt)


Residents of a house in North Clare were last week found to have been living with levels of cancer-causing radon gas equivalent to having 12 chest X-rays per day. The house in Lisdoonvarna was among 600 across the country, including 32 in Clare, found to have elevated levels of radon gas. However, the radon level in the house in Lisdoonvarna was the highest among the nearly 4,300 tests carried out and more than 17 times the acceptable level. Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is linked to 150 to 200 lung cancer deaths each year in Ireland.

(Source: The Clare Champion)


A Cork-based smoker’s rights group has called on the Government to relax legislation so that smokers can ‘light up’ in a warm and comfortable environment. New research claims to show that the main reason for the increasing numbers of pub closures is the implementation of the smoking ban. The research carried out by CR Consulting and using data from the Revenue Commissioners, found that the number of pub closures demonstrates a very close statistical relationship between the introduction of the smoking ban in 2004 and the rapid decline of the Irish pub.

Source: (Cork Independent)


A veteran republican has told the Derry Journal recent claims Fr. James Chesney was a leader of the IRA in Co. Derry and that he was responsible for the Claudy bombing in 1972 are "totally incorrect". In a face-to-face meeting, held at his request, in Donegal last week, the republican stated he was in a senior position at the time in the Provisional IRA and he had what could be described as 'a co-ordinating role' between the IRA units in Derry, County Derry and West Tyrone and the Donegal Brigade.