News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


"It's terrible to have been asked to do this. Someone a bit weaker may have gone through with it. If I had, I would be dead now. I want nothing to do with it all. I haven't done anything wrong and just want to be left alone."
(Source:Derry Journal)


The government is to appear in the High Court tomorrow as a result of an action taken by Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty over their failure to hold the Donegal South-West by-election.

Senator Doherty has made a last minute appeal to the government to withdraw from the case and allow the people to go to the polls at the earliest opportunity

The Donegal Democrat has learned that while there are moves to have the election postponed until the Spring of 2011, informed sources have indicated that while the government will agree to expedite the matter at the hearing, they intend to fight this challenge.
(Source:Donegal Democrat)


Two men have been rescued from a fire at a flat in Newcastle, County Down.

It broke out on the Burrendale Park Road early on Tuesday.

In Londonderry, two unoccupied houses on Woodside Road were extensively damaged in an arson attack. The fires at the semi-detached properties were reported at about 2200 BST on Monday.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the blaze under control. Both houses had been left vacant for some time.
Firefighters believe the blaze was started deliberately.
(Source:BBC News)


A woman who initially claimed some €410,000 damages for loss of earnings arising from a whiplash injury when a Dublin Bus collided with the rear of her car has had her case dismissed after a High Court judge found it was "highly probable" she gave misleading evidence as to the extent of her injuries and about her capacity to work.

Dublin Bus had produced video evidence to the court of Mary Farrell, Tolka Valley Green, Finglas South, Dublin, engaging in physical activities, such as mowing the grass for some 40 minutes, emptying the grass box over a wall and repeatedly raising her arm above horizontal, which the company claimed were entirely inconsistent with her claims about the extent of her injuries.

Mr Justice John Quirke ruled Ms Farrell, who had worked with Jury?s hotel as a housekeeper/cleaner, had given no credible explanation for her failure to provide any documentary or other evidence to support her claim for loss of earnings or to contest Dublin Bus?s allegation her claims were ?false and misleading?

There was also no credible explanation for the undisputed fact Ms Farrell had abandoned claims for very large sums of money when advised she was being investigated, he said.
(Source:Irish Times)


A border construction project is proving to be a blazing success for a Co Fermanagh firm that has just been appointed as the main contractor for a €3.7 million two-storey fire station in Monaghan Town.

To be located at Annahagh, it will also include an access road to serve the six-bay fire station, ancillary spaces and offices. It has also emerged that a separate maintenance building and training tower have also been approved in the plans.

Associated site works and landscaping will also be provided with the main construction work now agreed for McGurran Construction of Derrygonnelly.


Playwright and poet, Patricia Burke Brogan vows she will chain herself to the Magdalen statue in Forster Street rather than see it removed.

Fears that the statue, a memorial to the women who suffered in the Magdalen Laundry, will be removed to make way for a bus corridor has raised alarm and concern.

Ms Burke Brogan, herself a former nun who spent a short time in the Galway Magdalen Laundry and who wrote about her experiences in a play called Eclipsed – which was later made into a film – said she was horrified.

“I thought I was living a nightmare when I heard it was going to be moved. That statue represents the pain of the women and that pain is in the very earth on which the statue was erected on the site of the old gateway.

“It would be much better that they would knock the bank across the road, the Anglo Irish that has given us all the trouble, if they want to widen the road.
(Source:Galway News)


British Ambassador to Ireland Julian King stressed the strong commercial links between the two countries, and in particular the potential of more British tourists to provide economic growth in Ireland.

However, pressed continuously about the possibility a visit by the queen to Killarney and to Muckross House which itself had hosted a visit by Queen Victoria in 1861, Mr King gave very little away.

There were a million extra potential visitors that could be attracted, he said.

Mr King was speaking to reporters in the Edwardian boardroom of the State-owned Muckross House, on his first official visit to Co Kerry during a relaxed press meeting in which he insisted on being called “Julian”.