News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



An outraged Antrim Council has moved to ground controversial proposals which could potentially allow Belfast International Airport to take the wrecking ball to homes across the Borough.The airport already has the authority to veto new developments along its flight paths, but now it is seeking the green light to bolster those with powers to demolish properties, trees or indeed anything else within a huge 15km radius of Aldergrove.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


Two men have been jailed at Belfast Crown Court after taking part in a dissident republican gun smuggling plot.  44 year old Paul McCaugherty of Lurgan, County Armagh, was found guilty of attempting to smuggle weapons and explosives and was given 20 years. Dermot Declan Gregory, 42, of Crossmaglen, was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of making a Portuguese property available for the purpose of terrorism.



Despite these tough economic times, three local ladies are using their business acumen to stride ahead. Maria Byrne and Susan Alsybury from MarieSue Lingerie Boutique and Rita Tobin from web development company t2 were awarded top honors at the South East Female Excellence in Business Awards. Maria and Susan won the Excellence in Retailing award, while Rita scooped the Excellence in ICT award.
 (Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


There was continued good news for the farming sector last week with word that Cavan Mart will re-open, as a subsidiary of Poles Co-op, on Friday, October 8. A spokesman for the mart confirmed the news last Monday, and said all commission is being reduced by half for the month of October. It is good news for farmers, and Poles is a long-standing (it has been trading since October 1909), sound business and farmers can be confident they will be paid. It is also good for Cavan town in general, something that Cavan Chamber president Pacelli Lynch confirmed.
(Source: The Angle Celt)


A 25 year-old East Clare man was fatally injured, shortly after 4pm last Thursday evening, when the van he was traveling in collided with a ditch at Traverston, Dolla, outside Nenagh. The man's body was taken to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem examination was performed. A 36 year old man, who was driving the van, was injured in the collision. He was taken to Nenagh General Hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
(Source: The Clare People)


Gardai in Cobh are investigating a number of burglaries which took place last week, including a chemist shop in Carrignavar last Tuesday night. It is understood that the chemist was broken into at around 10.30pm, while another two homes were burgled last Monday. Last week, two houses were burgled in the School Road area at Farranastig, Whitechurch at around 4.55pm.
Source: (Cork Independent)


Former US President Bill Clinton has singled out the tourism industry as a key driver for Derry's economy.In his keynote address to more than 200 academics, students, business leaders and politicians, he hailed Derry's designation as UK City of Culture 2013 as "an enormous opportunity" not only for the city but the North in general.
(Source: Derry Journal)


Shocking statistics confirming Donegal as a poverty black spot and "the most deprived county" in Ireland for the past 19 years were detailed at a seminar aimed at combating poverty and social exclusion in the county. Delegates at last Tuesday's seminar in Donegal Town heard that pro-rata Donegal has the highest level of unemployment, the lowest growth levels and has been the "most deprived county in the Irish State" continually since 1991.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A mother-of-three from Co Down has hailed her toddler son a hero after his quick thinking saved the life of her six month old baby. Kim Winters, aged 26, from Moira, Co Down, was woken at 7am by her two-year-old son Aaron. She described how he called out: “Mummy, mummy, baby, mummy,” after his brother Samuel had changed position in his cot, trapping himself under the covers. “He was so tightly under them that he could not cry or move and I feared the worst as I untangled him,” said Ms Winters.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A violent passenger was arrested at Dublin Airport after he injured two staff members in the security screening area. The two Airport Search Unit (ASU) workers required medical attention after the abusive passenger tried to break through security last Wednesday morning. The male passenger, who was due to fly out to Warsaw later that morning, tried to force his way through the hand luggage checking area but he became extremely violent when he was stopped by workers.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


A series of special walking routes within the forests of west Fermanagh have been launched.  The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, (DARD) Minister, Michelle Gildernew, said that her Forest Service has teamed up with Fermanagh District Council as the main partners in the development and operation of the Geopark, having been working together for the past two years in developing the new walks.