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



A man in his early 20s who was arrested on Monday, December 9, in connection with a shooting incident in Tullamore on Sunday evening was released without charge.

A file will now be prepared for the information of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gardaí (police) in Tullamore are continuing their investigation into the shooting incident at Cluain Darach on Sunday. At approximately 7 p.m. a male in his 30s and a female in her 20s were injured following a shooting incident outside a house by a lone gunman. The gunman made good his escape in a waiting car and the injured male and female were taken to the Midland Regional Hospital at Tullamore.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The discovery of archaeological finds linked with Saint Coman was marked last week when they were unveiled to the public for the first time. Anyone with an interest in local history was invited to the unveiling of the archaeological finds last Wednesday at St. Coman’s Church in the heart of Roscommon Town.

The finds include a rediscovered cross-slab and a newly discovered boulder, which may be the base of a high cross. The historic finds were unearthed by a group of local historians during the summer on the grounds of St. Coman’s Church – believed to be the site of St. Coman’s monastery, which dates back to either the sixth or ninth century.

Local historians, who worked with the National Monuments Service to secure the archaeological finds, say that they are significant and provide further links to St. Coman, whom the county is named after.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Intercity and D.A.R.T. trains face increased passenger safety inspections in the coming weeks after complaints of overcrowding.

The complaints have come from passengers on urban, Intercity and suburban routes, and stem from reduced numbers of carriages on some services as part of cost-saving measures.

In response to a parliamentary question from Luke “Ming” Flanagan, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said the Railway Safety Commission (R.S.C.) would monitor Intercity trains in the coming weeks.

He also said the chief executive of Irish Rail “has agreed to continuous monitoring of carriage levels on both D.A.R.T. and Intercity services to ensure they match demand”.

Irish Rail was reintroducing larger carriages where they were needed, Mr. Varadkar added.

Wicklow T.D. Simon Harris is one of a number of deputies from around the greater Dublin area who raised the issue of crowding on train services.

Mr. Flanagan, a Roscommon-South Leitrim T.D., specifically raised the Dublin-Sligo service and the “reduction in train carriages [and] the dangers of overcrowding.”
[Source: Irish Times]


Independent T.D. Mattie McGrath has said that, in light of the recent spate of thefts of copper wiring from E.S.B. cables, it is inconceivable why there has been such slow movement by the Minister for Justice in bringing forward his Scrap and Precious Metal Bill.

Deputy McGrath was speaking as Gardaí (police) are investigating 12 thefts of power cables, all of which have taken place in the past four weeks.

“I first introduced my Scrap and Precious Metal Bill in 2011 and I resubmitted a detailed amended version in April of this year. I brought this bill to the House because there was an urgent need to try and put in place a more regulated legislative environment where the theft and unauthorized sale of scrap or precious metal would be seriously diminished and be met with more appropriate legal penalties.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The typhoon disaster in the Philippines prompted Dungannon Rotary Club to respond by immediately by donating $1,596 to its partner organization Shelterbox, for the purchase of two boxes.

This was followed up by organizing a display of the Shelterbox and its contents in the Oaks Centre on Thursday, November 21, and at Tesco on November 28.

The public response to these was extremely generous and almost $2,476 was donated. The club has purchased three more boxes and these will be dispatched along with others bought through other rotary clubs In the U.K. and Ireland.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Detectives have arrested a woman after seizing illegal drugs believed to worth almost $690,000.

Cannabis plants, valued at $234,000, and cannabis herb, worth an estimated $412,000, were uncovered at a makeshift grow-house in Waterford.

Officers carried out a raid on the property at Coppinger Court in Powerscourt at around 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


An $80,000 grant has been allocated for a skate-park in Mullingar.

The grant is part of a $4 million fund from the Department of Sport for local recreation facilities around the country.

“I am delighted that Mullingar has received the maximum amount available under the funding. It means the green light can be given for a skate-park for use by young people in the town,” said Deputy Willie Penrose.