News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


A derelict building has been destroyed in an early morning arson attack in Sion Mills, County Tyrone.
The blaze on the Melmount Road was discovered early on Saturday.

The Fire and Rescue Service believe it was started deliberately.

Enniskillen district station commander Robbie Bryson said: "The first crew there realised it was a pretty big fire so they requested more appliances and in the end we had five appliances there."

"There was nobody about at the time the fire was discovered and no injuries or damage to adjacent properties."
(Source: UTV News)


A Co Waterford guesthouse owner is suing RTÉ for defamation over a 'Nob Nation' broadcast in which he claims his premises was described as a brothel.

Vincent O'Toole, 84, who owns the Maryland House at the Mall in Waterford, took a successful libel action against the Sunday World newspaper in 2007 over a similar claim.

Mr O'Toole, a former shipsmaster, and racehorse breeder, who was described as a 'leading light' in the local Waterford community, is suing over an episode of Nob Nation broadcast on the Gerry Ryan Show on 2FM 18 months later in August 2008.

His Senior Counsel, John Gordon said Mr O'Toole was extremely distressed and deeply frustrated by the broadcast.

Even as recently as last week, he said, a tourist turned up at his guesthouse, expecting that he was arriving at a brothel.

He said Mr O'Toole and his wife had been abused and had had to call gardaí on occasions.

Mr Gordon said RTÉ had published programme standards and guidelines in June 2008, but were in complete dereliction of those standards when they broadcast the Nob Nation sketch.
(Source: RTE News)


A male pedestrian died late last week after he was hit by a lorry in Co Westmeath.
The incident happened at about 5.45pm on the N4 Mullingar bypass.

The victim was a man aged in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The westbound carriageways of the N4 are currently closed to traffic and diversions are in place while a forensic examination takes place.

The victim is the 102nd person to die on Irish roads so far this year and the 24th pedestrian.
(Source: RTE News)


A 21-year-old Wexford man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with 11 counts of unlawful possession of explosives, firearms and ammunition.

Nicholas Kendall, of Springcrest, Keelogues, Barntown in Co Wexford, was brought before a special sitting of the three-judge court last week where Detective Garda Eileen Keogh gave evidence of caution and charge.

She said Kendall made no reply to the charges.

Kendall, wearing a white t-shirt, stood in court as the 11 charges were then read out to him.

These included nine charges of unlawful possession of explosives, including TIme Power Unit, a partially constructed improvised detonator and shotgun cartridge propellant powder, on October 8, 2010 at Springcrest.
 (Source: The Irish Times)


A polish national is due before Arklow District Court last Wednesday in connection with the discovery of an estimated €102,000 worth of cannabis resin and herbal cannabis last week.

Father-of-two Pavel Seik (26), pictured, was arrested after the Wicklow Drugs Unit uncovered the drugs during a planned search of the woods at Garnagowlan, Woodenbridge, Avoca, last Tuesday afternoon.
After being detained overnight at Arklow Garda Station under section four of the Criminal Justice Act, Seik was brought before Bray District Court last Wednesday week, July 6, where he was charged with possession of drugs for sale or supply.

Seik, who resides in Arklow, and has been in Ireland for five years, was granted bail on his own bond of €1,000 under a number of conditions.
(Source: The Wicklow People)