News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The same firm of architects that built a former Dundalk cigarette factory has now led a huge refurbishment programme to turn it into a modern, new facility at the Dundalk Institute of Technology.  Brian Cowen has officially opened the building, which formerly housed the PJ Carroll & Company factory has now been opened as the DKIT School of Informatics & Creative Arts. The transformation has involved an investment of €38m.


Twenty new jobs are to be created in Westport after the Allergan facility in the town was chosen to manufacture its newest medical technology, SeriScaffold. The preparation for the transfer of the manufacturing process will commence in 2011 and represents a $10 million investment in the Westport site. Full commercial production will relocated to Ireland from Boston in late 2013 with the creation of approximately 20 new jobs.
(Source: The Mayo News)


A total of nine councillors from Meath County Council will be leaving the country for St Patrick’s Day to take part in festivities in New York and London. The council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ann Dillon Gallagher, will lead a delegation of four councillors to New York, while four other councillors will attend the St Patrick’s Day Parade in London.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


A publican from County Monaghan has been fined €1,000 for not complying with the smoking ban. Paul Finnegan, Main Street, Castleblayney, pleaded guilty at Carrickmacross District Court to breaching the smoking ban at his pub “The Shenanigans Bar” on November 8th last year. The court heard that following complaints from gardai,  a Health Service Executive (HSE) inspector visited the premises. During the inspection, he witnessed 2 customers smoking close to a pool table.


A group called ‘Stand Together’ will hold a meeting in the Bridge House next week to garner support to reverse the Government decision in relation to bog cutting. The meeting will centre around the right to cut turf with guest speaker on the night Michael Fitzmaurice, a life long campaigner for turf cutting rights. “A lot of people are angry and sick of nothing being done,” said a spokesperson for Stand Together. A recent meeting held by the organisation in Athlone saw over 7,500 people in attendance.
(Source: Offaly Express)


The average rent achieved for a house in County Roscommon has fallen by €160 from the market peak to €550 per month, according to a new report published last week. The report by suggests that there are some signs that the rental market is stabilising following dramatic declines in rents in the last three years.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)


A county Sligo mother has been keeping a 24-hour watch on her family’s land to prevent electricity pylons being erected on it. And the mother of three has vowed to go to jail if necessary to “protect my children and their future”. Sharon Mullen has been living and sleeping in a container on the land since last Tuesday. A stand-off between the family and semi-state electricity transmission company Eirgrid began the previous Tuesday when the company’s workers entered the land.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


As workers in Lisheen Mine continue to try to come to terms with the tragic death, after an explosion, of colleague Mr Joe Fallon, last week, investigations are on-going into the cause of the fatal blast which left another worker with serious facial injuries. 47-year-old Mr Fallon, a separated father of three, who hails from Two-Mile Borris, was working 190 metres underground when the fatal explosion occurred at about 6:30pm last Wednesday (February 2nd).
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A Co Tyrone cheesemaker is stepping up in the world after winning a contract to supply its range to a luxury department store in England. Shoppers at the Harvey Nichols' store in Leeds, the first branch to open outside the London base in 1996 - will stock Fivemiletown Creamery's brie, oakwood smoked, goat's cheese and marinated cheese. The deal with Harvey Nichols is the latest high-profile success for Fivemiletown cheese in Great Britain, with new business also being secured at Harrods, John Lewis and Sainsbury's.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


It has been confirmed that as part of the 1848 Tricolour Celebration, a replica of Thomas Francis Meagher’s Club ’82 jacket to will be presented to representatives travelling to the Waterford event from New York City’s 69th Infantry Regiment. The original jacket was worn by Thomas Francis Meagher during his lifetime, and is currently on display at the Museum of Treasures.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)