News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Dec 16 2013


A man accused of robbing two frail and elderly brothers in their Newry home more than four years ago has 12 known aliases allegedly used in a string of crimes across Europe.

Prosecutors made the claim during the Belfast High Court bail hearing of Felix Nolan (24) of Sandy’s Street in Newry on Monday, December 2.

Nolan was arrested in London last month and subsequently charged with robbery and aggravated burglary with intent to steal.  The charges relate to an incident at the home of brothers Jimmy and Patrick Murtagh of Lurganare Cross, Newry in April 2009.  The men, aged in their 80s, were left traumatized after three men forced their way into their home, before ransacking the property and stealing $100 in cash.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


D.A.R.T. trains operating at off-peak times will have a minimum of four carriages between now and Christmas.

This follows a decision by Irish Rail to row back on a major cost-cutting plan that has some trains currently operating with only two carriages.

Angry commuters complained of unnecessary overcrowding and discomfort and warned that passenger safety was at risk. Now Irish Rail has said four-carriage trains will be used during off-peak periods until December 24.

This will cater for the traditional rise in passenger numbers during the festive season.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A 48-year-old Enniskillen woman, who had to be restrained by five members of staff at the South West Acute Hospital, assaulted two police officers at the police station. Anne Scobie of Drumbawn, Drumclay   was convicted of disorderly behavior and two counts of assault on police when she appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court.

 The prosecutor explained that on September 26, 2013 police were called to the South West Acute Hospital about a violent female patient. When they arrived at 7:17 p.m. they observed Scobie being restrained by five hospital staff-members. She was shouting loudly “f*** off” and directing obscenities at staff calling them “f****** c****.”  She was warned by police and told to calm down.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Two Galway drug dealers and another from Dublin will be sentenced next March for having a substantial amount of cannabis for supply near Loughrea last year.

Twenty-five-year-old John Martyn of Chapel Road, Monivea, and 25-year-old Jonathan Mannion, from 9 Chestnut Close, Renmore, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Martyn and Mannion pleaded guilty to having cannabis in their possession for supply at Bookeen North, Loughrea on October 9, 2012, which at the time had a market value of $18,000 or more.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Hess, the U.S. energy giant, says it is “evaluating its options” over the future of a proposed $1.4 billion investment on the Shannon estuary, after its Irish subsidiary last Wednesday lost a court case against the energy regulator.

Shannon L.N.G. had asked the High Court for a judicial review of a June 2012 decision by the Commission for Energy Regulation (C.E.R.) to impose network charges on all gas suppliers to pay for pipelines between Ireland and Britain.

The court upheld the CER decision last Wednesday.

The company, which wants to ship cheap liquefied gas from the U.S. to a proposed refinery in Kerry, had argued it should not have to pay the charges because it won’t be using the pipelines, also known as interconnectors. It has previously argued that the C.E.R. decision means it could be hit with annual fees of $103 million.
[Source: Irish Times]


Gardaí (police) and a vet are trying to clear animals from the M9 in Kildare after they were involved in a collision.

There were significant a delay last Monday morning for motorists after a trailer towing livestock was hit by another truck.

The road has had to be closed completely northbound on the M9 at the Athy turn-off for J3.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Four candidates – one in each electoral area – have been nominated by the Sinn Fein party to contest next May’s local elections in Kilkenny.

The party chose the candidates – two men and two women – unopposed, and thus without the need for a vote at the Springhill Hotel. Sinn Fein Deputy President Mary Lou McDonald was among those at the top table who spoke and endorsed those selected.

There were no surprises in the electoral area of Kilkenny City West, where sitting borough councilor Kathleen Funchion was selected to contest the election. The popular Clr. Funchion, who grew up in the Callan area, was elected to the borough council in 2009.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


A family home in Portlaoise has been targeted seven times for robberies, according to Sinn Féin Clr. Caroline Dwane at the J.P.C. meeting last Tuesday.