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Dublin's two sheriffs have slammed the barrier-free tolling system on the M50 -- describing the massive fines motorists incur as a "disaster". More than 500 people who ran up fines on the M50 toll charges were pursued by the Dublin City Sheriff in the last month alone. But a spokesperson for the City Sheriff's office said the vast majority of these debts cannot be collected because the debtors either have no money or they cannot be traced.
(Source: The Herald)

Fermanagh

Millie Martin's mother's former partner, who is charged with the Enniskillen baby's murder, has been refused bail. The High Court heard that Millie had suffered 11 rib fractures, apparently sustained weeks before her death last December. It was claimed she had been sexually assaulted. Barry McCarney, 31, who had been living at the infant's home at Glebe Park in the town with Rachel Martin, 25, denies a charge of murder.
(Source: BBC News)

Galway

A damning report has accused the taxi industry in Galway City of racism – suggesting that the companies have a policy of not employing Africans. The controversial report, which will be published this week, says that no taxi company in Galway employs black drivers and accuses the companies of being “private clubs”. A number of local TDs are also slammed in the report for making statements to the media in relation to “foreign national” taxi drivers operating in the city.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)

Kildare

The clean up of Naas/Kerdiffstown dump could cost €30 million but it is urgently needed.
Kildare county councillors are in possession of a report from an environmental consultancy firm saying that the pollution coming from the Naas/Kerdiffstown dump is a danger to the water supply and that gas emissions from the site are at explosive levels. It also says that the leachate contains four or five times the maximum amount of ammonia allowed by the EU, which the report says will cause a “progressive deterioration.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

Kilkenny
A pioneering priest may have started the fight back against the scourge of drugs that has swept like a virus across Kilkenny. Fr Mark Condon took on the drug dealers responsible for the death, very recently, of one of his parishioners . The young man from a good family, took his own life as he felt he had "no way out" because he was hooked on heroin in what is becoming a very common story. And he asked fellow addicts present in the congregation to seek help.
(Source: Kilkenny People)

Kerry

A 24-year-old man died today when his motorbike collided with a car in Co Kerry last Thursday. The motorcyclist was taken by ambulance to Tralee General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.The driver of the 4x4 was uninjured, a Garda spokesman said. A total of 200 people have been killed on the State's roads to date this year, according to the latest Garda statistics.
(Source: Irish Times)

Laois

A big security operation has netted a huge haul of mobile phones and other equipment that are understood to have been fished into one of Portlaoise's prison.The operation at the Midlands Prison centred on a small number of cells. During last Thursday’s search, prison officers are understood to have seized 26 mobiles, 30 phone chargers, 22 batteries and 20 sim cards. The haul included 17 blue tooth earpieces.
(Source: Leinster Express)

Leitrim

Gardai in the Manorhamilton area report that there has been a rise in the number of of heating oil thefts in the area while other districts say similar incidents have been occurring across the county in recent weeks.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)

Limerick

Kemp Technologies, a US based information technology company providing server load balancing solutions for small to medium enterprises and internet service providers, is to locate its European Sales and Marketing Headquarters in Limerick. Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources Conor Lenihan described the investment as "an important high-tech boost for Limerick"
(Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford

A crowd of around 80 protestors intent on directing their anger at under fire Taoiseach Brian Cowen recently were left as bitter as the freezing temperatures outside following a last minute decision to replace the Fianna Fail leader with one of his ministers. Mr Cowen had been expected to take his place as the Longford Chamber of Commerce's keynote speaker, an invitation which attracted a sizable crowd of protesters to assemble outside the Longford Arms Hotel.
(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

Minister for Justice Mr Dermot Ahern has announced that he will not contest his seat as a TD in the General Election. In a shock move, the Blackrock native has decided to step down when the next General Election is held. "Following the 2007 general election I came to a decision with my family that that election would be my last. In October, 2009, I informed the Taoiseach of my intention. I confirmed that decision with him last weekend,” he said in a statement.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)

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