News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Reports of UFO activity over Northern Ireland have been unearthed in secret papers from the Ministry of Defense. Two suspected UFOs have been spotted hovering over the province during the past decade, according to the dossier. A ball of white light and a mystery aircraft in Co Fermanagh were both investigated. The information, held by the National Archives in London, was made public as part of the biggest ever release of Government UFO documents. Thirty-five files detailing unexplained phenomena between 2000 and 2005 have been made available online.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) investigation has found that one of its lecturers has a case to answer in relation to assisting a student to cheat in a final year exam, the Galway City Tribune can reveal. GMIT’s Governing Body has been informed that “there was a prima facie case in respect of misconduct to be answered” in regard to how a Masters student in the School of Business and Engineering used a lecturer’s handbook, which contained suggested answers, to cheat in an assessment.
(Source: Galway Tribune)


A deportation order for a west-African national was signed last Tuesday -- the day he jumped from a cliff into the sea. Stephen Godsun Ukiwo (33) took his own life at Ballybunion, Co Kerry, after the body of his Polish partner Katarzyna Bartowiak (25) had been found at the rented home they shared in Deerpark Estate, Tralee, Co Kerry. It is thought that Ms Bartowiak, who was known as Kasia, had been strangled. The couple's two-year-old son Sean was in the house at the time.
(Source: Irish Independent)


Unhappy Naas traders are asking shoppers to sign a petition calling for Kildare Co Council to bring about a number of changes in the town. A small group of traders have been present outside the Town Hall since last week, asking people to sign their petition, which calls for a change to parking in the town and a reduction in rates, amongst other points. One of the participants, Ann Domican of Fleming’s Florist explained: “We set up the Naas Traders Association about 12 months ago. We were looking for parking improvements, a reduction in rates and the relocation of the taxi rank.”
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Unscrupulous house holders have taken to dumping their rubbish under the cover of darkness in the hedgerows of rural county Kilkenny. According to the Environment Section of Kilkenny County Council the problem gets much worse during the winter period as the dumpers operate under the cover of darkness. A waste disposal contractor for Kilkenny County Council told the Kilkenny People that the problem had gotten much worse in recent months with the volume of the rubbish being dumped increasing dramatically.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Laois has the highest level of vacant housing stock in Ireland, according to a new report from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). Laois has a four year supply of new and completed housing units, compared to 12 to 18 months in Offaly or just six months in Kildare. There are currently 636 housing units completed and vacant in Laois, 309 weathered houses, and a further 506 houses under construction. At the end of 2009, there was a total of 32,469 houses throughout the county
(Source: Leinster Express)


Rents in Co Leitrim fell a further 7% in the last quarter of 2010. Leitrim has the cheapest rents in the country with an average w467 a month. The drop of 7.1% in the last quarter of 2010 was the biggest fall in rents across the island. The report by indicated that the cost of renting in Ireland appears to be leveling out. Rents fell by just over half a per cent last year compared to a 15% drop in 2009 and 10% 2008.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Across the water in the Big Apple, RTE presenter Emma O’Driscoll said ‘I do’ to selector with the Ardscoil Ris Harty Cup team, Liam Cronin from Cappamore. Popular Limerick presenter Emma O’Driscoll is still on cloud nine after her boyfriend of six-years, Liam Cronin popped the question in Times Square, New York last week. The breakaway was a Christmas present for the ‘Hubble’ presenter, but little did she know that the bright lights of the Big Apple were going to bring such delight
(Source: Limerick Leader)


After driving his tractor to Ballinalee to collect his pension, 93-year-old Matt O’Hara then got a lift to Clontumpher NS to vote in his 25th general election recently “I voted for Bannon,” he candidly told the Leader. “You need a change. I’d be glad if they (Fine Gael) got an overall majority.” A life-long supporter of Fine Gael, Mr O’Hara said emigration and the lack of jobs had left large swathes of his local area and native Kiltyclough townland in desperate need of fresh ideas and direction.
(Source: Longford Leader)