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“It is an absolute disgrace to have to spend that kind of money to prevent criminal behavior,” said Cllr Tom Maher (FG). “It is an isolated area. It should be easy enough to fingerpoint the offender. It is a reflection of society last week that we have to spend e175,000 on one bridge to prevent people from what they should not be doing anyway.”

“Kilkenny County Council won’t be spending it – it’s the National Roads Authority – but somebody is spending this money,” Mr Mulholland pointed out.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Laois is the fastest growing county in Ireland with its population surging past the 80,000 mark for the first time.

The first results from Census 2011 show that 80,458 people live in Laois, an increase of nearly 13,400 on 2006.

Laois grew by 20 per cent which was more than double the national average. The county has also passed neighbouring Offaly, and surpassed the growth projected by Laois County Council.

Most of the growth took place in the north and east of Laois. Portlaoise grew by more than 40 per cent and is now almost 18,000. Portarlington also grew fast as did Graiguecullen.

The county also recorded that highest rate of inward migration. Apart from Offaly, Laois is growing faster than its neighbouring counties of Kildare, Kilkenny, Carlow and Tipperary.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Superintendent Noel Carolan, Carrick-on-Shannon, said the Police are taking “exceedingly seriously” a spate of vandalism, criminality and anti-social behavior in the county town last weekend. Among a number of incidents to take place, Police seized a large amount of cocaine, four cars were damaged, one of which had a traffic cone thrown through its back window, and two large flower pots were damaged by vandals. In a separate incident, a man was treated for a broken finger after being bitten in an altercation on Main St last Saturday night.

With Carrick-on-Shannon often left looking well below its best last Sunday mornings as a result of the previous night’s behavior, Supt Carolan added, “It is a major issue when we find public order and criminal damage and we will be looking over the coming weeks to put a response in place. It causes such difficulty for so many people who are working in a voluntary capacity. It is undoubtedly a small number of people who are responsible but it cannot go unchecked and we will be monitoring the situation.”

Police in Carrick-on-Shannon confirmed a large amount of cocaine was recovered in Carrick-on-Shannon on Friday last, June 24, by police from the western and northern regions. In a connected incident, a small amount of cannabis was recovered in Leitrim Village on the same date. The drugs are believed to have a street value of €9,000.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A home built for property developer Robert Butler in Adare is back on the market, but this time its price has been slashed by €8.2m as it has failed to attract a buyer in three years.

When it first came on the market in 2008 with a price of €12m it was one of the most expensive properties ever to be put up for sale locally.

Now the eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house on the grounds of Adare Manor estate is back on the market for a more modest €3.8m.

Several lavish properties in the picturesque village of Adare are now for sale with seven-figure price-tags, which have been greatly reduced from the boom years.

Another palatial home in the Adare Manor estate is also available for €2.5m.

But despite numerous viewings, the lure of their ornate decor, marble floors and expansive grounds has yet to pay dividends.

The two properties are among 19 houses in the 840-acre Adare Manor estate, which borders the famous golf club.

Des O’Malley, agent with Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley, said the drop in price is a symptom of the property market at present.

“Both represent extraordinarily good value and have held their value a lot more than other properties at the moment,” he told this newspaper.

The residence built by Sisk for Mr Butler is ‘Winterwood, The Demense’ -  an eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom house on 2.8 acres of land.

It once attracted a bid of €10 million, however the sale did not go through, and it is now for sale through joint agents Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley and Knight Frank.

While Mr Butler lives in another residence in Adare, it is understood he has never moved into this house.

It is one of the largest houses to have been built on the estate with a staggering 1,579sq m (17,000sq ft) of living space.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Police are monitoring “several dozen” suspected criminals who are living in the north Longford area as part of a thorough investigation into organized crime, the Leader can reveal.

The operation is one which is being led by local police in Granard following months of painstaking surveillance work and intellegence gathering.