News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The cost of catering for police officers at the Ardoyne riots in north Belfast over the Twelfth of July was £68,000, it has been revealed. Last month it was revealed the total bill for policing the disturbances came to £1.1m. Exact figures were not available last night, but on average about 400 officers were stationed in Ardoyne at any one time over the four days of the riots. At up to 1,200 a day, that comes to a minimum of £14.16 on each meal.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


The site of a former Army watchtower which became a symbol of the Troubles is to be replaced by a housing development including a children's playground.

The hilltop base at Forkhill in South Armagh was one of a series of military posts which once dominated the skyline. Now Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has announced a major regeneration project for the eight-acre hilltop site.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Random assaults carried out at a Carlow nightclub were recorded and then shockingly uploaded onto Facebook for the depraved amusement of the culprits. The footage shows innocent victims being targeted indiscriminately by the gang, two of whom were punched so hard into the face that their jaws were broken. While the two male victims were viciously attacked, another member of the gang recorded the assault on their mobile phone, then put it up on their Facebook page to boast to their online friends.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


A woman living in West Cavan has called for paramedic cars to be made available locally in the case of an emergency and as a backup to the ambulance service in the county. Alison Swift from Altnadarragh in Swanlinbar made the call after her daughter sustained a serious knee injury recently and the family waited anxiously for 50 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
(Source: The Angle Celt)


The Clare Shout reverberated throughout Westbury on Sunday last as people from various parts of Clare participated in a demonstration to oppose the controversial proposed boundary extension.Dressed in the Clare colours of saffron and blue, people from North, West and East Clare joined people from South-East Clare parishes on the protest march from St Nicholas’ Church, Westbury to Athlunkard Bridge. The rally organisers, Clare against the Boundary Extension (CABE) erected a large blue banner with this slogan at the entrance to Shannon Banks Housing Estate and residents carried placards with messages such as “Westbury Says No to Boundary Extension” and “Parteen GAA Says No to Boundary Extension”.

(Source: The Clare Champion)


Cork has recorded a 12 per cent drop in burglaries in the past year, despite making up 5.5 per cent of burglaries nationwide. Cork is currently fourth of the list of top five burglary hotspots, with Dublin, Kildare and Meath experiencing a higher rate. The figures came from the 2010 eircom PhoneWatch Burglary report, which tracked burglaries between June 2009 and June 2010 - also revealed that October was the busiest month for burglaries in Cork. €700 million has been stolen from Irish homes nationwide over the past ten years.
Source: (Cork Independent)


The former road manager for The Beatles and head of Apple Records, Tony Bramwell, last week announced that he is to co-organize Moville's Beatlefest in 2011. It marks a significant development for the festival and perhaps brings an appearance from Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr on Moville's Square that little bit closer. Mr. Bramwell made the announcement on The Sarah Brett Show on BBC Radio Foyle.
(Source: Derry Journal)


Hollywood star, Jennifer Grey, has spoken out about a fatal car accident which she was involved in with Matthew Broderick as they travelled home from his holiday home in Kilcar 23 years ago. In an interview in America’s People magazine the Dirty Dancing star describes how that fateful journey from Donegal with her then boyfriend, Broderick, has affected her life to this day.(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A Newry woman is tantalizingly close to taking part in the trip of a lifetime after making it into the final four of a nationwide search to find Ireland’s ultimate volunteer. Thousands of people applied for RTE’s Do The Right Thing, however a series of rigorous challenges have whittled the numbers down to four boys and four girls. Only one person from each group can claim the prize, an all expenses paid year volunteering abroad, and Down’s Fiona Byrne can count herself amongst the lucky few.
(Source: Newry Democrat)


Work on reinventing Ballymun may grind to a halt over spending cuts. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern said he could not reassure anyone that money would be available to complete the regeneration of the north Dublin area. More than e800m from the public purse has already been poured into pulling down the infamous flats, which became symbols of social deprivation and drug abuse, and rehousing the residents in new developments.
(Source: Evening Hearld)