News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The owners of some of the most luxurious houses in Ballina are under investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) after a dawn raid last week by Gardaí uncovered ‘massive displays of wealth’. Over €100,000 in cash was found after a dawn raid last Thursday in Ballina which involved more than 70 officers, including CAB, the Regional Support Unit and a large contingent of Gardai.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Gardaí in Navan are seeking the public's assistance to help trace the whereabouts of Garvan (Robert) Milligan (35), who has been missing since Monday, 15th November. Mr Milligan is originally from Carrigans, Co Donegal but has resided in Wilkinstown for the past four years. He is described as 6ft in height, of heavy build, with short dark hair going grey.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


The family of a mother of six killed in a traffic accident which claimed two other lives has settled a High Court action for €600,000. Angela Goodman died after the car she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with another car at Tullyvaragh, Co Monaghan, on the Carrickmacross to Castleblayney Road, in the early hours of February 7, 2004.
(Source: Irish Independent)


An Edenderry woman was pinned against a wall recently as part of a robbery. The woman in her fifties was walking along Father Paul Murphy Street in Edenderry around 12.45am last Sunday  week when she was pinned in up against a wall by a car. One of the occupants took her handbag which it's believed contained €3,000. He then jumped into the car which sped off in the direction of Carbury.
(Source: Offaly Express)


It appears unlikely that a cinema in Roscommon town will be opened before Christmas, with further setbacks hampering the previously proposed opening date of December. In March it was announced that a €6m entertainment complex at the Centre Point Retail Park would be up and running by the end of the summer with the creation of between 40 and 60 jobs.
(Source: The Roscommon Hearld)


Two “rebel” Fianna Fail TD’s in Sligo-Leitrim could be back in the party fold within a fortnight, the Sligo Weekender has learned. This newspaper has learned that Ballymote-based Eamon Scanlon and Sligo-based Dr Jimmy Devins are both anxious to run in the looming General Election-despite the party’s recent Donegal meltdown.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


Within the last twelve months Gardai have recorded sixty three drug offences in the Roscrea/Templemore area. The figure was revealed by Detective Sergeant Seamus Maher, Head of the Divisional Drugs Unit when he addressed a meeting of the Templemore Joint Policing Committee in the Garda College recently. Detective Sergeant Maher who reported “steady progress” by the unit in the area of drug detection said that the majority of offences recorded involved people between the ages of sixteen and thirty-four
-(Source: Tipperary Star)


Green energy developer Gaelectric has been the given the go- ahead for a €26 million wind farm in Co Tyrone, its second such project in the area in as many months. The company said  planners had given it permission to build a 15 megawatt (MW) wind farm at Inishative, near Pomeroy, Co Tyrone. It will consist of six wind turbines and, at full capacity, will generate enough electricity for about 8,000 households.
(Source: BBC News)


Local TD Brendan Kenneally requested the temporary release of a man awaiting sentencing for a sexual assault charge, so that the man could attend his daughter’s wedding. The man was in custody awaiting sentence for the sexual assault of his niece and his family asked Mr Kenneally to make representations on behalf of the man so that he could attend the event. The Fianna Fail TD has defended the move and said he acted on humanitarian grounds
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


A ten-year sentence was handed down to a “very articulate and clever criminal” whose local knowledge was “central” to a raid on the home of a well known Westmeath businessman.
Brian McGinley(38), Blackberry Lane, Athlone, was convicted of being part of an armed four man gang who tied up the Kilmartin family at Ladyswell, Glasson in Athlone on February 13, 2005. He was sentenced last Wednesday at a sitting of Mullingar Circuit Court sitting in Tullamore for a charge of aggravated burglary.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A Wexford mum, originally from Dublin, who went into labour six weeks early made a 25-mile trek through snow and ice to deliver three baby boys. Christmas came early for Tallaght native Mandy Hayden Freeman (37), who now lives in Wexford with her husband John (32), when she made the journey to the nearest hospital to give birth to Aaron, Finn and Ryan.
(Source: The Herald)