News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



In yet another blow on the jobs front in Waterford, it emerged last Monday that 15 workers are to be made redundant at DFDS Logistics which provides container services between Belview Port and Rotterdam. The company, which is located at the Marine Point Business Centre — side by side with the Port of Waterford Company — is to make its entire local workforce redundant later this year as it consolidates its business to its Dublin base.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


A local man in his 40s was tied up in his own home in Ballycumber by two men who then stole a quantity of cash and two firearms. Tullamore Gardaí (police) are investigating the incident which occurred in the small village at 1am last Thursday morning and are appealing for witnesses. The two men forcibly entered the man’s house, of which he was the sole occupant. They tied him up and searched the house. The ordeal lasted about one hour. The man didn’t require hospital treatment but was obviously shocked and traumatized. He was able to report the incident to gardaí a short time after they left.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


One of Co Wexford’s main car dealerships has been forced to close. James Sidney Car Sales in New Ross applied for the appointment of a provisional liquidator last Friday after losing its 18-month struggle to stay open. The company issued a statement last Monday, which said it has “experienced extremely challenging trading conditions because of the economic downturn, which resulted in a severe decline in the motor trade”. The family-run business, which James Sidney took over from his father Michael, said it had made every effort to restructure the company financially to secure its viability.
(Source: The Irish Times)


An AK47 assault rifle has been found by gardaí (police) beside one of the State’s best known private schools. Gardaí believe the high-powered weapon is owned by an organized crime gang that was targeted in a series of dawn searches last Wednesday. The gun was found in sparse undergrowth beside the perimeter wall of St Gerard’s School, Bray, Co Wicklow. Gardaí arrested eight people in Bray last Wednesday morning for questioning about an attack outside a pub in Finglas, north Dublin, in December in which a local man was lucky to survive after being wounded four times.
(Source: The Wicklow People)