News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The idea behind the event stems from a decision by local businesses to work together to attract visitors during the off-season and to market the area as the perfect place to spend the weekend
[Source: Tipperary Star]


An Irish League footballer with a Fermanagh side has wept in court after being accused of rape.
Alvin Rouse, who plays in goals for Ballinamallard United, is also charged with sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.

The 33-year-old is from Barbados and has been capped by his country.

Rouse, with an address at Old Armagh Road in Monaghan, faces seven charges linked to the incident. He is charged with three counts of rape, two of sexual assault, one of false imprisonment and one of causing a person to engage in a sexual act.

They are alleged to have occurred in the Cookstown area on 29th April last year.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A member of the Dáil's technical group, John Halligan, has said he would rather Luke “Ming” Flanagan walked away from the arrangement.

It follows the Roscommon T.D. admitting his actions in having penalty points quashed were "corrupt."

Under Dáil rules, he cannot be forced out of the technical group, which is a mechanism to allow independent T.D.s have speaking time.

However, Waterford T.D. John Halligan said he would rather Deputy Flanagan just left.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Thirteen local unfinished estates have been included in the property tax waiver list.

Mullingar's Gleann Petite and Rathgowan developments are amongst the local contingent included on the list of 421 unfinished estates released by the Department of the Environment.

The number of Westmeath estates where homeowners are exempt from paying the unpopular tax is significantly less than the 23 included in the household charge waiver list released last year.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A motorist has been seriously injured in a major crash on the Wexford to Rosslare road.

The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. last Wednesday at Assaly, Killinick, between a lorry and a car.

It is understood a male occupant of the car was seriously injured and taken to Wexford General Hospital for treatment.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


A Spanish student who suffered catastrophic injuries when he was hit by a bus after stepping on to the road has sued for damages.

Carlos Tesch, from Madrid, was aged 12 and learning English here when the incident occurred in Bray, County Wicklow, in February 2009, the High Court heard.

His counsel, Dermot Gleeson S.C., said last Tuesday that the boy suffered severe head injuries and, as a result, cannot walk or speak and is totally dependent on others.
[Source: Irish Times]