News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A Prospect man was remanded in custody last Friday morning after he appeared in court charged in connection with the hi-jacking of a taxi in the city last weekend. Mark Ryan, 24, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect is accused of hijacking the taxi and robbing the taxi driver at Talbot Avenue, Prospect on the February 12 last. Limerick District Court was told he was arrested last Saturday morning and that he was formally charged last Wednesday night.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


The number of Longford emigrants flocking to British shores continues apace and many of these new Londoners attended the Longford Association Dinner Dance in Longford last week. Attracta Minnock is a case in point. Frustrated by the financial upheavals facing the local and wider economy, she opted to try her arm at the UK market with nursing her chosen profession. “I filled out my CAO (Central Applications Office) form and got an interview with Thames Valley University,” she explained as last Friday night’s entertainment prepared to get under way.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Ardee business people met last Wednesday with county and national tourism chiefs to see how Ardee and mid-Louth can be made a major part of a new tourism drive for the region. The Louth Tourism and Heritage Action Group will launch its action plan for 2011 and beyond, in Darver Castle, and later members of Ardee Traders and Business Association will meet the tourism leaders in Ardee to see how Ardee can become part of the Bru na Boinne tourism route.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


The issue of turf cutting and the impact of Special Areas of Conservation on everyday life in parts of Mayo looks like it will be a major issue in the run-in to the General Election following a public meeting in Westport last Sunday February 13. There was standing room only in the Castlecourt Hotel with close to 500 estimated to have attended the meeting which was hosted by the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA). The primary concern was the future of turf cutting in the county.
(Source: The Mayo News)


The appalling state of many rural roads around Meath, left riddled with potholes and falling apart in the wake of the December cold snap and heavy rain in recent weeks, has been highlighted by public representatives and residents throughout the county.Long stretches of secondary roads are dangerous and some almost unusable because of the huge volume of potholes created by the recent bad winter.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


The commercial court has heard how a Co Monaghan shopkeeper borrowed almost €32m from a major Swiss bank to fund a first-time development, but has yet to repay the loan after over three years. Jim McConnan, of Main Street in Castleblayney, borrowed €31.8m from Zurich Bank in June of 2007, in order to fund the construction of a shopping centre in the Monaghan town. McConnon’s counsel, Ross Maguire, said his client’s position was “hopeless” and that he had made it clear last year he would have no chance of paying off his debts.


Extensive refurbishment work on Tullamore library is expected to commence in May and will include the long-awaited re-opening of the old bridge linking the rear of O’Connor Square and Church Street. County Librarian Ms Mary Stuart presented a comprehensive report on the Library Development Plan to the February meeting of Tullamore Town Council last week. The library serivce is also at present undertaking a review of opening hours and staff resources in an effort to find the optimum opening times to suit customers. Ms Stuart pointed out that although the library’s book fund had been cut by 50% the number of visits to libraries had increased by 16%,
(Source: Offaly Express)


The collapse of the property market has left a legacy of more than 1,000 ghost houses throughout County Roscommon, according to a survey carried out by the Department of Environment. The survey inspected around 179,000 units in 2,800 developments across the country between May-September last year and found that just 15 percent of these developments were active.
(Source: The Roscommon Herald)


Up to 150 students nurses and supporters took part in a lunchtime protest against pay cuts last Wednesday outside Sligo General Hospital last Tuesday. Last Wednesday, representatives from Sligo travelled to Dublin for a national rally and protest march. Last week’s demonstration in Sligo was one of 13 at hospitals around the country.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)


A Tipperary teenager who was violently sexually assaulted has said in her victim impact statement that she has since tried to kill herself “many times and in many ways”.Her attacker, Noel Holland (37) of Clarke’s Flats, Main Street, Templemore, was sentenced to eight years by Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court last week after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the then 18-year-old at his home on February 1st, 2009.
(Source: Irish Times)