News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


He was reported missing from his home in Borris Road on April 20, 2007.
(Source: RTE News)


A man in a white van who approached a young girl in Caherdavin may have been looking for directions, but the incident has been described by gardai (police) as “suspicious” and they are advising parents to be vigilant.

The driver of the 07-D registered vehicle gestured to the girl to approach the van in the Laurel Court area of Caherdavin.

The child “became fearful” according to Sgt Brian Broderick. She did not go near the van, and ran inside home to a parent who later alerted gardai.

The incident took place at around 3pm on Tuesday, June 14.

The van driver, who is believed to have been alone in the vehicle is described as being in his mid-thirties, and was of average build.

He had fair hair cut short; he was clean shaven, and he was wearing a white t-shirt.

“The van was a white van and the registration began with 07D,” said Sgt Broderick of the Crime Prevention Office.

“It is possible that this may just have been an innocent approach from a person looking for directions however this young girl took the correct course of action by not approaching a stranger and by seeking help from an adult.”
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Senior Garda (police) detectives believe the discovery of over €10,000 worth of cannabis plants found in separate searches in Granard and Edgeworthstown are linked.

Last Tuesday evening, officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit based in Roscommon seized an estimated €6,000 of cannabis plants from a house in Edgeworthstown’s Devine Crescent estate.

No arrests have been made, although gardai are said to be following a definite line of inquiry. Garda sources have intimated to those at the centre of the probe are local with arrests expected to be made over the coming days.

Described as an “ongoing surveillance operation”, this website can reveal gardai are linking the haul to a similar seizure made in Granard just over a week ago.

On that occasion, drugs officers recovered €4,500 of cannabis plants following a planned search of a house in Granada Drive. A man has since been arrested and is presently helping gardai with their inquiries.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Three County Louth businesses made tax settlements of over Euro 130,000 after being named on the latest tax defaulters list by the Revenue Commissioners last week.

In their report from January 1 to March 31 2011, the Revenue Commissioners accepted 78 settlements nationwide with three from Louth totalling e131,995.66 of the overall total of e15.5 million.

Thomas Agnew, with an address at Courtbane, Hackballscross, Dundalk had the highest settlement of the three. Outstanding tax of e23,410 plus interest and penalties of e32,023 meant that the farmer, company director and property developer made a total settlement of e55,433 for underdeclaration of income tax following a Revenue off shore asset investigation case.

Meanwhile, Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd building surveyors, with an address at 71A Anne Street, Dundalk also made a settlement of e23,908, comprising e7,628 in tax and e16,280 in interest for an underdeclaration of VAT following a Revenue off shore assets investigation case.

Also making a settlement was Mid-Louth take-away owner Chuen Fu Cheung, with an address at Bridge Street Ardee. Mr Cheung made a settlement of e52,654.66 in total, comprising tax of e26,807.32 and interest and penalties of e25,847.34 for an underdeclaration of VAT and PAYE/PRSI.
Eight further people or businesses from the county also received fines, totalling e12,900 – the vast majority of which were for failure to lodge income tax returns.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


He – or is it she? – is one millionaire who will not have to worry about NAMA or share collapses at our big and broke banking institutions. Undoubtedly, Westport’s mystery millionaire is today sporting a smile broader than a Cheshire cat’s with a Lotto win last weekend of a whopping €2 million, courtesy of a ticket bought in McLoughlin’s Newsagents on Shop Street.

Naturally, shop owner Bláthnaid McLoughlin was thrilled that another one of her customers is a lottery winner – McLoughlin’s sold another winning ticket ten years ago.

“We are delighted there has been another winner here at the shop and we really hope it is someone local. We do not know the identity of the lucky winner yet but we wish them well,” she said last week.

Cllr Christy Hyland, a former detective garda (police) who has his ear close to the ground, confirmed there were various rumors as to the identity of the winner but he kept his cards close to his chest.
“Whoever it is, I wish them well. It will lift the spirits of everyone around Westport and hopefully make life easier for the winner.”