News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A petrol bomb has been thrown at a house in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in an attack over the Christmas period. Scorch damage was discovered to the wall of the property on Corban Avenue in the Kilmacormick area shortly before 8am. Police say it is unclear at this stage whether the home was occupied during the attack.
(Source: UTV)


Nurses have demanded the Health Service Executive (HSE) reopens the 140 beds that are closed in Galway City’s two public hospitals, to help alleviate pressure from the Emergency Department, where up to 80 patients endured a night on a trolley in the past three days alone. An Irish Nurses Organization (INO) survey recently showed that 70 beds are closed in Merlin Park, including 34 medical ward beds, nine in the orthopedic day ward, as well as a further 27 general beds.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


The law giving same-sex couples the right to register their relationships came into force on new year’s day and the registrar’s office in Naas revealed that four couples had enquired about the procedure in recent weeks. Any couple wanting to tie the knot, however, will have to wait until April as the statutory three-months’ notice will have to be given, just as with civil marriage.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


The number of Kerry-owned vehicles on the county’s roads has reached 86,998, according to the Irish Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics released by the Department of Transport. The bulk of these licensed vehicles, some 64,408, are in the privately owned category, with 3,215 licensed on the basis of their CO2 emission values. Since 1 July 2008, CO2 emission values were introduced as a basis for the assessment of motor tax in respect of all private cars.
(Source: The Kingdom)


Concern is mounting that fodder beet left in the ground during the recent cold spell could be rotting. Individual farmers have found that the crop has been damaged following the extremely cold Christmas night when temperatures in Kilkenny plummeted to -12 Centigrade. A large number of farmers could be affected. Fodder beet is used to feed animals during the winter because it is the highest yielding forage crop you can grow at this time of year.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


An investigation is underway into a drive by shooting in Portlaoise which has left a family traumatized and the residents of a quiet estate worried for their safety. The incident, which has led to armed gardai (police) manning checkpoints in the town, happened in the Highfield Meadows housing estate at 8pm on New Year's Eve when a car pulled up outside a house. Two shots were fired with a shotgun, miraculously nobody was hit but there were children in the house at the time.
(Source: Leinster Express)


With Leitrim County Council, local businesses and homeowners still counting the cost of December's 'Big Freeze', initial estimates are already predicting that the final bill could top €1.4m. With further snow and ice conditions predicted this month and into February, local councilors are calling for the Central Government to put in place funding to help smaller counties such as Leitrim to ensure basic service provision for residents.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A south hill man whose house was set ablaze in an arson attack on New Year's Day has vowed to stay on hunger strike until he can cook a meal in a kitchen of his own. John Keane has been sleeping in the back of his Ford Tranist van, parked in the car park of Roxboro Garda Station, since the house he bought seven years ago, was set alight in a malicious attack last Saturday. The homeowner, who had no house insurance, now faces joining the 3,500 names on City Council's housing list.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Forget iPhones and celebrity perfumes, the hottest (literally) items on Longford shopping lists this Christmas were heaters, infra-red bulbs, and electric blankets. Stockists of electrical appliances throughout County Longford have reported a surge in sales during the cold spell. The arctic-like weather conditions that rendered homes without water and roads impassable, led Longford consumers to stock up on a variety of electrical goods. Hardware stores also reported a surge in sales of household items such as buckets and water containers
(Source: Longford Leader)


The HSE has warned that swine flu is with us again this winter and a number of cases have been reported. This flu virus mainly affects younger people and those with preexisting medical conditions. Women who are pregnant or have been in the last 6-8 weeks are also particularly at risk.  
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


Closing time may be called on a number of rural pubs in Mayo in 2011 according to the Vintners Federation of Ireland after it was revealed that 44 pub licenses were lost in the county over the last three years. A national report on the licensing trade show that the number of pub licenses has fallen by 1,300 over the last five years with Mayo one of the worst affected counties. Over a three year period, 44 licenses were lost in Mayo with only Kerry, Galway and Cork losing more pub licenses.
(Source: The Mayo News)