News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Tuesday, April 19, marked a very special occasion for one couple with the celebration of Co Leitrim’s first Civil Partnership. Kieran Doyle, a native of Drumshanbo married long term partner John Gray in a private ceremony in Carrick-on-Shannon. The celebrations formalized a relationship which has lasted over 25 years and although they opted to have just two friends to witness the ceremony, both are planning a special reception to be held in their home later this year for family and friends. The happy couple met in 1986 in Dublin when Kieran worked for ESB and John for Eircom. Speaking with the Leitrim Observer prior to the ceremony they said that it was a relief to be finally able to legally formalize recognition for their relationship.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A sixteen-year-old boy was sentenced to six month detention last week after he admitted stealing 25 cars during a six month crime spree which began last September. The youth, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stealing the cars on various dates between September 2010 and March of this year. The vehicles were stolen from a variety of locations in Limerick, Tipperary, Clare, and Kerry. At Limerick Children’s Court, Insp Brendan McDonagh said the vehicles had been stolen from outside private homes and from car parks at a number of shopping centers in the city and from the car park at Colbert Railway station, Parnell Street.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


A Fine Gael councillor in Longford said that party members on the county council will have to oppose the nomination of Senator David Norris to run in the upcoming presidential election. Senator Norris is seeking the backing of four local authorities to secure a nomination for the presidential election, which will take place in October this year. In order to get the support of a council, a councilor has to put forward a motion proposing his candidature. If such a motion comes before Longford County Council, Cllr Paddy Belton (FG) informed Senator Norris at last week’s meeting of Longford County Council that the party line would have to be observed. Having received correspondence that morning from a presidential candidate seeking nomination for their own selection convention, Cllr Belton said, “You know how political parties work, I have to oppose you if it’s put here to the floor and oppose the nomination from the council. That’s the way political parties work.”
(Source: Longford Leader)


The Marshes are appealing for help to find a missing Shopping Centre landmark. The trademark Marshes blimp, which normally floats above the centre, came loose from its moorings and was blown away from its usual position last week. The blimp was last sighted at the centre on the morning of Monday April 11. Marshes management are asking the public to be vigilant and report any sightings of the structure around the Dundalk area, or further afield. The blimp is 15 x 6 ft approximately, white in color with red Marshes branding on both sides.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A garda (police), who was stationed in a County Mayo town until his suspension two years ago, is set to be charged with corruption offences relating to illegal trafficking and organized prostitution.
The charges follow an in-depth investigation by the Garda (police) National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) into organized prostitution in the west of Ireland.  The Garda, who is a native of Sligo, is suspected of falsifying documentation that allowed an African woman, who worked as a prostitute, remain in the State illegally. It is believed that he may not have been aware of the full extent of her activities.
The garda is also suspected of organizing the woman’s rented accommodation.
Reportedly, the garda agreed, after he became friendly with the woman, to assist a member of a gang that smuggled women from Africa to Ireland for prostitution.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Police have seized cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of more than one million euros in Co. Meath. The drugs were found during a search at a house in Enfield on Thursday. It was the second substantial drugs seizure in the Republic in 24 hours. Drugs with an estimated street value of £3m were seized in Coolock, Dublin, on Wednesday. A man in his 20s was arrested.
(Source: BBC News)


Gardaí (police) searched a house in Co Monaghan as part of the ongoing PSNI investigation into the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh, Co Tyrone last week.  During the house search in Scotstown last week, a number of items were seized and removed for forensic examination.
It is understood the articles seized did not include weapons or ammunition.
No-one was arrested.
(Source: RTE News)


One journalist is so keen on covering the visit of US President Obama to Moneygall that she's moved to the Co Offaly village.??Speaking on 'Midlands Today', Eimear Ni Bhraonain from the Irish Independent, says she's moved to an apartment on the village's Main Street.?The President is due in Offaly next month, with heavy speculation centering on May 23rd as the date for his arrival. Eimear says she hopes to get a good view of the most powerful man in the world, now that she's a local.
(Source: Midlands Radio)