News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams suffered an embarrassing setback last Thursday after he failed in his first attempt to be added to the electoral register. He went in person last week to give a declaration to the returning officer for Louth that he is now living in the county instead of his former base in Belfast. This would have allowed him to vote in the constituency where he plans to run in the next general election in place of retiring Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan. But Mr Adams' claim was struck down due to a lack of evidence that he was living in the Louth constituency on the dates required.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A well-known Co Armagh republican, Colin Duffy and Magherafelt man Brian Shivers will go on trial early next year accused of murdering two soldiers in the Real IRA gun attack on Massareene army base in March 2009. The prosecution said this week that evidence against the pair consists of DNA found on a number of items found in a partially burnt out car thought to have been used in the attack with a date for the trial now set for January 14, at Belfast Crown Court.
(Source: Belfast


Burglars dressed entirely in white to blend in with the snow robbed a local business last week. Rocca’s takeaway in Graiguecullen was broken into during the early hours of Wednesday morning last when the two thieves, both caught on CCTV, smashed a window in the fast food restaurant. “We got them on CCTV – they were dressed in white from head to toe,” said owner Onorio Rocca.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Little Eden Kellett from Bailieborough is not even two years old yet and she’s already striking a pose as an international model. At the age of 22 months, Eden has been chosen as Miss May in a charity calendar produced by Texan children’s clothes designer, Tara Carr of Ava Lane Couture.

“The calendar features a collection of her unique clothing designs from this year,” explained proud mum, Lynda. “Each model was chosen by the designer and Eden was the only international model chosen!”
(Source: The Angle Celt)


Four-hundred pupils at Holy Family National School contributed to a major handprint mural, which is currently on display in the school. The project was overseen by local artist David O’Rourke as part of Clare County Council’s artist-in-residence scheme.

The scheme covers all art forms and focuses on a collaboration between artists and participants in order to realise an artistic project, programme or event.
(Source: The Clare People)


The number of people signing on to the live register in Cork dropped between October and November. Cork North Central Fianna Fail TD, and Minster for State, Billy Kelleher announced that the number of people signing on dropped by 624 for the period, as well as a fall in unemployment numbers from 44,186 to 43,562 during the month. Speaking about the drop Minister Kelleher said, “Well obviously the numbers of people unemployed throughout Cork are still too high but I’m glad to see another drop in the number of people on the live register locally.”
Source: (Cork Independent)


A Londonderry man has been jailed for five months for breaking into a house. Alan Whelan (24) of Drummard Park was charged with the offence, which occurred at a property in Grangemore Park, on November 30 last year. The city magistrates’ court was told a householder awoke at 5.30am on hearing noises in his garage. He disturbed two intruders who made off when he appeared. Stereo equipment had been stacked up ready to be taken and a crate of beer had been opened and two tins taken. Tests revealed that the defendant's DNA was on one of the tins. When questioned he could give no explanation.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Fears of an exodus of the county's young people will intensify in the new year as many prepare to head overseas in search of work. Among them are many well-educated graduates who say they have no alternative but to leave home. Student Union President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Marian Gibbons from Fanad, a graduate in Law Studies at the college, says like many of her friends, she is also being forced to emigrate in search of work.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A Co. Down man who ran a failed yacht and boat sales company from an island on Strangford Lough has been barred from acting as a company director for eight years.
Misconduct admitted by selling agent David Thomas McKnight (49) of Inishanier, Whiterock, in Killinchy, included failing to refund over £100,000 which had been paid for a boat. Mr McKnight gave a disqualification undertaking to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in October, according to a statement released by DETI last week.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)