News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



More than 400 submissions on an €80 million wind farm proposed for south Roscommon have been received by Roscommon County Council. Green energy company Galetech has applied for planning permission to build an electricity generating wind farm, Seven Hills, close to Dysart, in the townlands of Turrock, Cronin, Mullaghhardagh, Gortaphuill, Tullyneeny and Glenrevagh. However, the Wind Turbine Action Group, South Roscommon, has vowed to oppose the application at council and An Bord Pleanála level, “and beyond if necessary”. They claim 72 per cent of the 408 submissions to the council on the planning application are opposed to the wind farm, with 28 per cent in favor.
(Source: Irish Times)


Two children were treated in hospital after a road accident in Co Mayo Saturday afternoon.
The two girls, aged six and ten, were struck by a car on the Mayo to Sligo road in Mulranny Village.
They were taken to Castlebar General Hospital where the six-year-old girl is said to be in a serious condition. The other girl is not thought to be seriously injured.
(Source: RTE News)


A Tipperary man who lost his job in the recession has managed to turn his negative experience into a positive life-changing force for good by finding a new sense of purpose: fundraising for children with cancer. Many people across the County can relate to Nenagh man Kieran Coleman’s story. Having lost his job when the boom turned to boost, he had to find a new way of staying positive. Kieran came up with the idea of biking around Europe to raise funds for children battling cancer. Since then, Kieran, from the Abbey Lane, Nenagh, has embarked on three marathon motorcycling expeditions. So far, Kieran has raised about E8,000 for the cause, and is looking forward to this year’s challenge. “The fundraising has been very difficult this year,” Kieran told the Tipperary Star. This year, Kieran is working with CLIC Sargent, a UK based group which organises charity events for young people with cancer.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A Co Tyrone man appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with a number of serious terrorism offences. Gavin Coyle, 33, from Omagh, Co Tyrone, was charged with possessing firearms and explosives. The arms seizure was made by detectives investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr by dissident republicans three weeks ago. The Special Sitting of Dungannon Magistrates Court lasted just seven minutes but took place amid a strong security presence.
(Source: RTE News)


A total of €15.7 million will be spent on the road works program by Waterford County Council in 2011, a figure slightly up on 2010 but down €6.4 million on the 2008 budget, members of the local authority were informed last week. Director of Services, Michael Quinn said the road improvements program would have to be put on hold until such time as the damage caused by last winter had been repaired. Small sections of road were being repaired to bring them back to their previous standards and he warned that damage could escalate when the rain comes again. The bulk of repairs to those roads damaged during the severe weather had been completed, he added.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


A main contractor has been appointed for a €1.5m An Post project to construct a delivery services unit at Goreybridge, Courtown, Co Wexford.
PJ Hegarty & Sons will build the unit that will include two-storey ancillary offices, a loading area to the side in an enclosed service yard, signage on the south elevation (front), low wall with railings to the southern boundary and a new access road all with associated site development works on a site of 0.44 hectares approximately.


Three young fox cubs who were almost crushed by a JCB have been recuperating at a rescue centre. The three-week-old cubs narrowly escaped death when a JCB digger unearthed their den near Athlone, Co Westmeath, last Wednesday. The quick-thinking JCB driver left the cubs near the den for 24 hours in the hope their mother might return. When the vixen failed to appear, he handed them over to the Athlone Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on Thursday. ASPCA chairman Paul McCormack said the orphaned cubs were doing well. He has been feeding the animals dog food and milk. Mr McCormack added that he hoped to be able to reintroduce the animals to the wild once they are big enough to fend for themselves.