News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



It emerged last week that Athlone Town Council is pursuing €1.4m in unpaid development levies through the courts, while councilors also heard that the council has issued legal proceedings in relation to rates arrears for the first time. Town Clerk John Walsh pointed out to councilors that while the figure for development levies due shown in the report was €6.8m, this was not the full picture.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Coastwatch has claimed that a ministerial order for the protection of sand dunes in Co Wexford is being breached, The Irish Times reports. The order was made in January by former environment minister John Gormley to protect the Tinnaberna dunes from damage due to the storage of cattle over a number of years. But the environmental group says that "dung, contaminated sediment and massive weed cultures remain" on site, and highlighted concern over its close proximity to a stream which flows into the sea near bathing water.
(Source: The Irish Times)


A key witness in the murder trial of a Co Wicklow man has told a court how she saw a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife, struggling with her boss after attempting to rob his shop. Breaking down several times during her evidence at the Central Criminal Court last week, Kay O’Connor recalled how she was working on her own in Brauder’s shop in Arklow on the evening of November 25th, 2009, when Anthony Farrell came in wielding a knife. She screamed for her boss, John Deasy, who was in the apartment overhead, and he arrived on the scene also armed with a knife. There was a struggle between the two, during which Mr Deasy was fatally stabbed.

(Source: Irish TImes)