News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


For the first month, the urgent care centre will operate for 24-hours a day, staffed by junior hospital doctors and supervised by an emergency consultant from Galway.

This move will depend on getting GPs organized to see if they can provide this service.

After meeting with HSE management the IMPACT trade union has said that specific commitments had been given on the investment needed for daytime surgery at the hospital.

The medical assessment unit proposed for Monday is not going ahead in the original format that was scheduled.

Earlier, The INMO industrial relations officer Noreen Muldoon had said that there were fundamental issues with regard to safety.

Separately, a representative group for paramedics in the west said the proposals by the HSE for the transport of patients from Co Roscommon to acute general hospitals in Galway, Sligo and Mayo were unacceptable.
(Source: RTE News)


Bench warrants were issued at Sligo District Court Thursday last for the arrest of two female drivers who failed to appear to answer several cases brought by the town's traffic wardens.

Judge Kevin Kilrane ordered that Lindsey McLoughlin, 82 St. Bridget's Place and Loretta Mitchell, Carrick, Ballinlough, County Roscommon be arrested after they failed to turn up and were not represented.

Mitchell was fined €200 with €200 costs for no tax displayed at Stephen Street on October 7 th 2010 and McLoughlin was fined €40 with €120 costs for illegal parking at Lower New Street on September 29th 2010 before Judge Kilrane opted to issue the warrants after the defendants kept appearing on the parking fine list.

In total, Mitchell was before the court on 13 separate summonses while McLoughlin was summoned for eight alleged offences.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


The 147-acre Gortmore tailings ponds at the Silvermines have been rehabilitated to a safe standard and there is no danger at the moment of any toxic dust blows, Newport electoral area councilors were told at their July meeting.

Engineer Karl Cashen warned, however, that any future rehabilitation at the wider Silvermines mining sites will have to be suspended because the level of funding is not immediately available. These sites are at Shallee, Ballygown, Ballynoe, Gurtnadyne, Knockanroe and Garryard.

The council was granted E10.1 by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in 2005 to rehabilitate the six mines in the area, and E8.4m of that has been spent so far, with a total of E4.1m being spent at Gortmore.

Mr Cashen said that the initial grant was based on site investigations at the time, and subsequent detailed investigations had revealed that the money would not be sufficient.

He said that the Department was aware of this and was supportive.

“We are in a different time financially and the Department has said the same level of funding is not now available,“ he said.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A Co Tyrone teen is being treated in hospital in Dublin after he was stabbed in the neck at the Oxegen music festival in Co Kildare on Saturday.

His injuries, which occurred after a row erupted in the B23 section of the blue campsite at the Punchestown Racecourse event shortly after 4am, are not believed to be life-threatening.
Three other teens from Northern Ireland and one from the Republic were treated on site for slash wounds to their arms and faces.

No-one has been arrested over the attack, but a knife has been recovered.

A Garda spokesman said all involved were aged 18 or 19 years. The families of the injured men have been notified.

The man who was stabbed in the neck had to be taken to Tallaght General Hospital, in south Dublin.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


The week got off to a great start for two lucky Brazilian friends who live in the locality as they celebrated scooping €500,000 between them in last Friday’s Euromillions Plus draw.

The regular lotto players picked up their prize at Lotto Headquarters last Monday after they bought an €18 ticket in Spar in Ferrybank on Thursday last. The lucky friends, who wish to remain anonymous, have been playing the same numbers in the Euromillions draw for the last three years.

One said, “I checked the ticket on the Lottery’s website on Saturday morning. When I realized I had won, I couldn’t believe it. I called my friend to tell him the good news but he wouldn’t believe me.” “We are absolutely delighted. We plan to continue playing together and maybe we might even be back on Wednesday to collect the €170 million,” added the other winner. The lucky winners have no immediate plans for their recent windfall but they may splash out on a trip home to their native Brazil later in the year.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)


Town Clerk John Walsh, who was last week described as 'the man who is Athlone Town Council' announced last Monday that he had tendered his resignation to the county manager and would be retiring after 28 years in the job.