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Tipperary
A planning application is to be lodged with North Tipperary County Council in the coming days for a state-of-the-art recycling centre at Mill Road, Thurles which will contain a much needed Civic Amenity facility for the Mid Tipperary region. Boomerang Recycling Limited will be applying to the planning authority for full permission for the facility in Thurles which will include a recycling and material recovery area, site offices, weigh bridge, revised entrance, sewerage pump station, civic amenity location and ancilliary works at Monakeeba, Mill Road (beside Ryan's Equestrian Centre
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone
Relatives of those killed in the Omagh bomb should be given increased damages because of the scale of the outrage, the Court of Appeal has heard. Lawyers for the families who successfully sued four dissident republicans over the Real IRA attack which claimed 29 lives argued that the total £1.6m award was not sufficient. Senior judges were told that compensation should be set at a more punitive level.The call for a higher level of payout followed on from appeals by each of the men found liable for the August 1998 atrocity.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Waterford
It’s going to be the biggest party of the decade and everyone is invited - friends, relatives and acquaintances and especially those who have not been on home soil for a number of years.  The event is the city’s staging of the Tall Ships race and the party takes place right across the city from June 30 to July 3. To encourage local people to tempt home their nearest and dearest 150,000 postcards have been distributed to homes, schools, hotels and public offices in Waterford, with an invitation to experience Ireland’s biggest quayside festival.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)

Westmeath
An illegally held firearm was seized after three searches in the Athlone and Moate area recently following an investigation into organized crime and the distribution of illegal drugs. The searches, two in Moate and one in Athlone area, were carried out recently by up to eight officers in conjunction with the assistance of members of the Armed Regional Response Unit. An illegally held firearm was recovered as a result of the examination of a place in the Athlone.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)

Wexford
The former owner of a number of head shops has been given a jail sentence for possession of more than €70,000 worth of cocaine. Paul Quigley was stopped by gardaí (police) near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in July 2009 and just over 1kg worth of the drug was found in the boot of his car. Gardaí  said the street value of the drug was estimated at €71,960 at the time. Quigley, 33, who had an address at the time at Castlebridge, Co Wexford, pleaded guilty to having the drugs and was sentenced at Wexford Circuit Court last week.
(Source: RTE news)

Wicklow
World champion boxer and Bray native Katie Taylor was given the freedom of Co Wicklow last Friday. The 25-year-old was only the second recipient of the award. Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis was the first in 2009. Wicklow County Council said it was bestowing the accolade on Katie because of her outstanding sporting achievements.
(Source: Irish Examiner)

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