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Tens of thousands of euro of damage was caused when the two 2007 vehicles were set on fire outside the front of the house. There were a number of people, including young children in the house when the cars were set on fire between 12.30 and 1.30am. It is not clear whether the attack was a targeted arson attack or an extreme case of vandalism that accelerated out of control. Minor damage was caused to the house and nearby trees were also burned. Investigating gardaí said that the incident ‘could have had much more serious consequences’ and are appealing to the public for information.
(Source: Kilkenny People)

Laois

A 39-year old woman from Colt has died in a freak beach accident at Tramore. Marian Kelly drowned at Tramore beach on Wednesday, June 6. The mother of three is understood to have been paddling on the beach when waves dragged her into the sea.

She was taken from the water and removed by the coastguard helicopter to Waterford Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Originally from Colt, Ms Kelly had been living in Portlaoise. She was with her eight year old daughter and a friend when the incident happened.
(Source: Leinster Express)

Leitrim

Tamboran Resources expect to drill hundreds of gas wells over the next 15 years on the Lough Allen Basin, with the majority located in Co Leitrim.

Richard Moorman CEO of Tamboran Resources, one of the companies in possession of an onshore petroleum licence to explore the Lough Allen Basin for commercial gas has told the Leitrim Observer, “The best gas is in Leitrim.”

Tamboran Resources expect to drill hundreds of gas wells over the next 15 years on the Lough Allen Basin, with the majority located in Co Leitrim.

Richard Moorman CEO of Tamboran Resources, one of the companies in possession of an onshore petroleum licence to explore the Lough Allen Basin for commercial gas has told the Leitrim Observer, “The best gas is in Leitrim.”

Despite having a licence to explore a large portion of the basin which covers five counties, Tamboran said they will be seeking to drill for gas only in Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan. He said, “we expect to drill hundreds of wells over 15 years.”

He noted the most concentrated gas is in Leitrim and their main focus will be south of Thur mountain, not far from Glenfarne. “We like what we see there,” he commented.

Legally the gas companies do not need to consult or work with local planners at any stage of their progress, but Tamboran Resources want to work closely with Leitrim County Council. Mr Moorman and Tony Brazley an Irish Representative of the Company met with Leitrim County Council planners, officials and County Manager last week and committed to keeping the council informed every step of the way.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)

Limerick

A Moyross man appeared in court in connection with the seizure of over €27,000 worth of heroin in the city last week.

Matthew Ward, 18, of Creaval Park, Moyross is charged with possession of the drugs for sale or supply in the estate on July 6 last.

Limerick District Court was told the accused man made no reply when he formally charged in connection with the seizure which was made during a garda search operation.

The defendant was granted free legal aid by Judge Eamon O’Brien and he was was released on bail pending his next court appearance.

In the meantime, Ward must surrender his passport, abide by a curfew and sign-on daily at Mayorstone Garda Station..
(Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford

Over two hundred people gathered on the bridge at Tarmonbarry last Friday, to register their protest at the closure of the A&E services in Roscommon Hospital. In what was a real show of strength, hundreds of protestors gathered at every bridge into Roscommon for two hours, from 5pm to 7pm, including the bridges at Rooskey and Lanesboro.

In Tarmonbarry, there was a strong media presence with local media outlets joined by RTE and TG4. There was a Garda presence also, although the protests passed off peacefully with no disruption to motorists.

Passing motorists blew their horns in support of the protestors as they passed. Organisers said they were happy with the turnout for each of the protest which they said, indicated the depth of feeling about the reduction in services at Roscommon.
(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

The Communications Workers Union (CWU), which represents about 130 Vodafone call centre workers whose jobs are set to be moved to India and Egypt, stepped up their protests against the job cuts by protesting at the recent Dublin-Kildare match in Croke Park.

Vodafone are the sponsors of the Dublin team and have been criticized by CWU members in recent weeks for supporting Dublin players but not Irish workers.

Union members, including many of the 102 staff at the company’s call centre in Dundalk whose jobs are under threat, distributed leaflets at the game criticizing Vodafone for axing jobs while profitable. A banner was also unfurled at CWU’s headquarters near to Croke Park, saying “it supports Dublin players, so why not Irish workers?”

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