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News from around the 32 counties of Ireland

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Limerick
Tourism to the Mid-West is set to get a boost following the airing of the BBC1 programme, Terry Wogan's Ireland, recently, which attracted over five million viewers. The second part of the documentary series will be screened on BBC1 in the coming weeks, and will focus on his visit to Northern Ireland. Twitter and blog sites were inundated with comments about the programme in the last week, with many saying Failte Ireland would have paid highly for such positive advertising of the green isle.
(Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford
A home-care worker in the north Longford area is at the centre of an investigation amid allegations tens of thousands of euro went missing from the bank account of an old age pensioner, the Leader can reveal. Senior Garda (police) officials told this newspaper a complaint was received from a member of the public in late October, prompting detectives to carry out further inquiries. It's understood the amount of money involved could amount to tens of thousands of euro although so far no charges have been brought against the individual.
(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

The father of a sick baby girl who shaved off his long hair at a fundraiser in Clan na Gael GFC has raised approximately e5,000 for Our Lady's Childrens' Hospital, Crumlin. Brian Ward from Ashbrook, Dundalk said that shaving off his beloved locks is worth it, if it helps to keep his four-month-old daughter, Brianna, who has a heart condition, alive for longer. "It's a big adjustment because I had been growing my hair for the past eight years. It's quite cold but at least I didn't have to shave it off a few weeks ago when it was snowing," said Brian.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)

Mayo
Permission for the last section of the Corrib gas pipeline has been finally granted, 14 years after the discovery of the gas field, 80km off the coast of north-west Mayo. In a 689-page report, former Kerry County Manager and An Bord Pleanála (ABP) Inspector, Martin Nolan granted the permission last week, subject to 58 conditions. This third route, proposed by Shell, includes a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon estuary – a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – and obviates the need to pass by houses in Rossport.
(Source: The Mayo News)

Meath
Navan man Johnny Finnegan last week set off on his year-long volunteering expedition, after he and Offaly woman Carol Leonard came out on top in the RTE series 'Do the Right Thing’.The voluntary work will bring them to Ghana, India and Thailand, where they will be working on sanitary facilities, working with homeless children and then with endangered turtles.“The first four months will be spent in north and central Ghana,” Johnny, from Ardmulchan, explained. “We will be building latrines, and then showing people how to use them.”
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Monaghan
A 29-year-old Co Monaghan publican who was the driver of a car involved in a three-car pile-up outside Carrickmacross in December which killed three people, including a pregnant woman, appeared in court last week charged with dangerous driving causing death, and driving with excess alcohol. Kevin McArdle, of Longfield, Carrickmacross, who was the driver of a silver BMW involved in the crash on the Carrickmacross bypass at Monaltybane, Carrickmacross, appeared before Judge Sean MacBride at a special sitting of Carrickmacross District Court.
(Source: Irish Times)

Offaly
Nine year old Walsh Island girl Siobhan Phelan has danced her way through to the semi-finals of Sky 1's "Got to Dance." Siobhan made a big impact with her performance and her Mum, Sinead wasn't far behind. Siobhan wanted to impress Kimberly but her Mum had her eye on Adam. Siobhan donates every dance prize she wins to a range of charities, including The Shoebox Appeal in Africa, Chernobyl and Haiti. If she won the GTD prize money she says she would definitely donate some of it to charity.
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

The threat to 24/7 emergency services at Roscommon County Hospital remains unchanged following indications from the Health Service Executive last week that it could not guarantee that services would not be reduced. The HSE provided an update last Thursday to local public representatives last week on reconfiguration proposals for hospital services in counties Galway and Roscommon. During a three and a half hour meeting the HSE indicated that it could not guarantee that emergency services would not be reduced from a 24 hour service to a 12 hour service in the future.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)

Sligo
Two British airlines have been in contact with Sligo airport management to explore the potential for maintaining the air link to Dublin. This follows last week’s government announcement that the crucial PSO subsidy is to be withdrawn from Sligo and three other regional airports. This threw the future of the twice-daily Aer Arann flight into jeopardy after the mid-July cutoff date. Isle of Man airline Manx2.com has confirmed they wish to talk to the four regional airports hit by the planned scrapping of the PSO contracts.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)

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