News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Detectives across Dublin are reporting a major rise in home burglaries and mobile phone muggings. The first six weeks of the year have seen a surge of break-ins in homes in the city suburbs. In the city centre, officers have also seen an increase in the street theft of mobile phones – particularly iPhones. The smartphones – worth up to €600 – are being fenced for just €40, the price of a deal of heroin. Worryingly, the number of assaults on householders in the course of burglaries has also risen. Gardai (police) have noticed an increase in daytime break-ins particularly in the afternoons and school pick-up time.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)


Colin Howell was accused of being a “monster” who murdered his wife simply for money. Howell is said to have benefited from his wife’s death to the tune of several hundred thousand pounds.  Defense lawyer Paul Ramsey pushed the idea that Mr Howell committed the murders for financial gain. “You’re wrong about that, my motive was not the money,” Howell said in response. He told Coleraine Crown Court the realization he had been duped at the end of 2008 was the trigger which led to him confessing. “I made a decision in that moment that I wanted to confess to those murders,” he said.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


The vendors of a picturesque five-bed country cottage and guest lodge in the North Galway village of Kilconly have come up with a novel idea to boost interest – a secondhand top-of-the-range Jaguar car is included in the sale. The automatic 2003-registered 3.0 litre S-Type includes an all-leather interior with a current NCT and tax. Nettlehill Cottage and Lodge – set on an “immaculately maintained” one-acre site – have been on the market for just over a year, and have had the price cut by €125,000.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Fexco has refused to comment on rumours that it plans to let go 60 staff from its centre in Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. Radio Kerry News has learned that job losses from the financial services company will take effect from next April and May. The company, which has its headquarters in Killorglin, employs around 800 people in Kerry. Fexco is one of the county's largest employers and since its establishment 30 years ago, has become a global player in the financial services industry.


Three men from the Athy area were arrested in the continuing investigation into the arson attack on the home of a detective garda (police) in the area. The three men, one of whom is believed to be in his 30s and the two others who are in their 20s, were questioned and released without charge in the ongoing investigation into the arson attack at the home of Detective Leon Kenny. Detective Kenny is based in Athy. Meanwhile it is believed that at least three Athy based gardai have received death threats. When asked about this Superintendent Kavanagh said that he had no comment to make ‘for operational reasons’.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


A hammer wielding man covered in dried blood was tackled by two plain clothes Gardai (police) after threatening diners in Supermacs on high street in Kilkenny. The 18 year-old male was arrested and charged with public disorder after he stole a claw hammer from the €2store and proceeded up the street to Supermacs where he engaged in threatening behaviour towards patrons. The Gardai (police) were called at 5 o’clock on Thursday 9th of February. An unmarked car rushed to the scene swiftly followed by a patrol car. The two undercover Gardai subdued and arrested the intoxicated man and took him to Kilkenny Garda station where he was held overnight.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


A €30 carbon monoxide alarm would have prevented the death of a man killed while trying to fix a wood pellet burner, according to a family solicitor. Colm MacGeehin made the comment following an inquest into the death of Declan Murphy, Limetree Lodge, Portarlington, Co Laois. Mr Murphy was trying to fix a fault with a wood pellet burner in his shed when he was overcome by fumes on November 25th, 2010.
(Source: Irish Times)


2009 Flood victim Carrick Cineplex has come out on top by being awarded the Best Independent Irish Cinema this year. 2009 Flood victim Carrick Cineplex has come out on top by being awarded the Best Independent Irish Cinema this year. In an unprecedented move, RAAM Management, an International Cinema consultancy firm, based in Glasgow, engaged at the forefront of the Cinema industry development worldwide, has selected Carrick cinema for the second time as the recipient of the prestigious Best Independent Irish Cinema Award.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)