News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The opening of the long-awaited Tayto Park outside Ashbourne this week will see the creation of 85 jobs and a major spin-off for the local economy amid predictions that it will attract 200,000 visitors each year. The €8.5 million investment by Ashbourne businessman, Ray Coyle, owner of nearby Largo Foods, is being seen as a major boost to the local economy.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Offaly County Council is to write to NAMA to find out how many of Offaly's 182 unfinished houses in estates it owns. The issue was raised by Cllr Tommy McKeigue at the last meeting of Offaly County Council, where a presentation on developments in the county was given. "We need to find out who owns these estates. Very little would finish some of them off," said Cllr McKeigue
(Source: Offaly Express)


Election candidates in last year’s local elections have declared expenses of almost €150,000 in their bid to secure one of 26 seats on Roscommon County Council, the Roscommon Herald can reveal. The 40-plus candidates to contest the 2009 local elections spent more than €147,000 on their election campaigns, according to figures published by the council.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)


Heartless thieves stole at least €1,200 and a Ranger Rover from, a home in Skreen last week.The thieves used sophisticated glass-cutting equipment to remove the back window from the home of a man who was due to have a hospital appointment a few hours later. They then stole an estimated €500 from a safe in the house and took the keys of a black Range Rover which was parked outside the house.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


Eggs and cheese were the choice of missiles as Health Minister Mary Harney visited Nenagh hospital to officially open a new endoscopy unit last Friday week. A group of approximately 30 Sinn Fein supporters protested at the gates of the hospital in a protest organized by the SF Mayor of Nenagh, Seamus Morris. Protesters shouted "bloody Mary" and "you've got blood on your hands" as the Minister got out of her car at the hospital's front door.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has defended the decision to prosecute a woman accused of stealing a £1.79 child's dummy. Barbora Batykova, 26, of Chapel Street, Cookstown, was cleared of theft at Dungannon Crown Court on Wednesday last. The PPS decision to proceed with the case had been described as "outrageous". But PPS Acting Deputy Director Raymond Kitson said it was "properly taken and correct".
(Source: BBC News)


A partnership agreement between Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania and Waterford Co. Council, which includes the setting up of a campus in Dungarvan, was welcomed unanimously by members of the local authority last week. For over 20 years Dungarvan and Mercyhurst college in Erie, Pennsylvania, have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship that was strengthened in 2007 with twinning of Eerie and Dungarvan.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


A local building company held a protest outside a garage last Monday morning, in relation to money which the company said was not paid for the construction of the garage in Monksland. Workers from Ollie Kenny Construction Ltd staged the protest outside Athlone Nissan, where a container and truck were used to block the entrance to the garage and signs stating ‘Construction of this garage C&R not paid for’ and ‘Do not enter.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A file is being sent to the DPP after Gardaí apprehended seven teenagers suspected of causing over €13,000 worth of damage to nine cars in Ballycogley in the early hours of Sunday morning last.Gardaí were called when the teenagers, aged between 17 and 19, were seen acting suspiciously outside the Halfway House at 3a.m
(Source: Wexford Echo)


A Wicklow businessman has been convicted at the Central Criminal Court of raping and indecently assaulting a schoolgirl 30 years ago.The 58-year-old accused had pleaded not guilty to 18 rape charges and 19 indecent assault charges from January 1979 to June 1983 at various Wicklow locations when the girl was aged between 12 and 17-years-old.
(Source: Irish Examiner)