News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A suspected paedophile who appeared on a Britain’s most wanted list was arrested in Longford last week. Crimestoppers UK, the crime-fighting charity, said that Dublin-born Patrick Pious Hancox, 68, was on the list of wanted individuals under Operation Captura. The Sun newspaper and Sky News had previously carried in detailing the list of wanted suspects. It had been believed he was hiding out in Spain but in fact was arrested in Co Longford last Tuesday morning.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A Dundalk man has said that his partner - who has mobility issues - is unable to access his home because “cheap motorists” are using the area as a car park. According to Brendan Moore from Pearse Park, the elderly and disabled are unable to get around the residential area with ease as increasing numbers of motorists are parking their cars on footpaths in the estate. “There are a number of low level ramps in the area which makes it easy for cars to park there. It has gotten worse due to the price of parking,” he said.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


Following the excitement of the Royal visit of Prince Albert II of Monaco last week, Mayo may soon be getting ready for a Presidential visit with speculation that US President Barack Obama may visit the county on his visit to Ireland in May.
Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said he believes that President Obama’s visit to Ireland will include a trip to the west and this would include Mayo for ‘obvious reasons’ in reference to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s home constituency.
(Source: The Mayo News)


A Laytown man who has been on the waiting list for a lung transplant for the past 10 years last week appealed to people to carry a donor card.

Paul Wynn of Inse Bay says that a transplant would dramatically improve the quality of his life and would significantly add to his life expectancy.

The 26 year-old cystic fibrosis patient is fully behind the Organ Donor Awareness Week campaign and says that carrying an organ donor card has the potential to save lives.

Paul is in the transplant waiting pool for a lung transplant at Dublin's Mater Hospital and has been awaiting a transplant for around 10 years.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


A number of county councils confirmed that top staff were entitled to an average annual leave well in excess of those enjoyed by managing directors in the private sector. It was revealed some county managers were entitled to take up to two months of holidays a year, with Longford county manager Tim Caffrey entitled to 42 days.
(Source: Irish Times)


It was a regular Monday in Moneygall, when it suddenly became extraordinary. While residents were busy getting the village ready for President Barack Obama’s impending visit next month, a bus containing 30 US officials and security staff pulled in. The group who conversed little with the locals visited both public houses in the village, took aerial photographs and identified a location for the President’s helicopter. And then they were gone.
(Source: Offaly Express)

The new Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, is likely to face one of his toughest political battles as his department moves to shut down tiny rural schools. Local communities will fight a rearguard action to retain small village schools, which are under threat of closure from recommendations in Colm McCarthy's An Bord Snip report. Mantua National School near Elphin in Co Roscommon is believed to be one of the smallest in the country, with just six pupils.
(Source: Irish Independent)


A Co Sligo farmer is facing a prison sentence after pleading guilty to cruelty to donkeys and a horse. Sligo District Court heard that the animals were so hungry they ate the fence posts in the field.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


A former Roscrea vet was fined E30,000, and ordered to pay E1,500 in costs, at a special sitting of Nenagh Court for having illegal animal remedies, having animal remedies without a proper prescription and with altering or removing the labels or packaging of animal remedies. Laurence Greene, 72, of Ivy Nook, Roscrea, pleaded guilty to six charges taken by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. A further 19 charges were withdrawn by the State.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


Police hunting the killers of PC Ronan Kerr have arrested a suspect after discovering a 'significant' haul of arms, including rocket launcher components and detonators. Officers detained a 26-year-old man in Renton, west Scotland, after the cache, also including four Kalashnikov rifles and possible Semtex explosive, was found in Northern Ireland last week. The details emerged after Northern Irish nationalist leaders joined police and relatives in a show of unity at PC Kerr’s funeral in the village of Beragh, Co Tyrone.


An unreserved apology has been publicly given to a Waterford family left traumatized by a TG4 program screened on January 13 last, which showed their late mother being embalmed at a Dungarvan Undertakers. The family was traumatized after switching over to the TV station to witness their deceased mother’s entire embalming process being secretly filmed. They took legal action and received an out-of-court settlement from producers.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)