News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster officially opened M.J.M. Group’s new $11 million purpose built factory in Newry Tuesday, June 18.

Established in 1983 as a family-owned joinery business, M.J.M. Group has evolved into a leading international specialist in new build, refurbishment and fit-out services to the marine, commercial and private sectors.

Speaking following a visit to the state of the art facility in Carnbane Business Park, Arlene Foster said: “M.J.M. is an established export focused company with a strong [$31 million] order book already secured for 2013, largely in the marine market.”

[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


One of the country's biggest drugs traffickers has been convicted of having almost $2.6 million worth of drugs.

Alan Boggans – who drove flash cars and lived in a mansion in south Dublin – was busted following a major Garda (police) surveillance operation.

The 38-year-old, from Newcastle in south County Dublin, was convicted last Wednesday following a six-day trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. He will be sentenced next month.

[Source: Evening Herald]


Education Minister, John O’Dowd, has approved development proposals to close Devenish College and Lisnaskea High School and to form a new amalgamated post-primary school in Enniskillen.

Commenting on the decision, Mr. O’Dowd said: “I have considered very carefully all aspects of these proposals and have decided to approve the amalgamation of the two schools.

“In making my decision I was mindful that there has been a significant level of opposition to the closure of Lisnaskea High School. I appreciate that the school has support from the community which it has served for over 50 years and that its closure will be a disappointment to those who have been closely associated with the school during this time.”

[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Galway City has the second highest commercial vacancy rate in the country.

Figures provided for the second quarter by GeoDirectory show that the city has a rate of 15.8 percent.

This is topped by Limerick which has the highest vacancy rate of all five major cities studied at 17.2 percent.

[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A house in Killorglin, County Kerry, was sealed off by detectives investigating the double murder of a mother and daughter last last month.

The two-story semidetached building in a private estate at Ardmoniels just minutes’ walk from Langford Downs where Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her daughter Enrika (8) were found murdered.

A 26-year-old man who was arrested in Killorglin over the murders last Thursday morning remains in custody. He is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 in Killarney Garda (Police) Station.

[Source: Irish Times]


Kildare county footballing legend Johnny Doyle is the new face of the credit union movement in County Kildare.

Two weeks ago he joined launched a major marketing campaign highlighting the benefits of the credit union.

The new campaign kicked off on Monday, June 17, at Kildare Town Credit Union, where Johnny was introduced as the new face of the campaign.

[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


St. Brigid’s College in Callan is to receive a major refurbishment including the building of new specialist classrooms and facilities, following a $6 million investment from the Department of Education and Skills.

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has confirmed to the Kilkenny People that the major redevelopment is to be formally approved by next October, by which time the project will be submitted for planning permission. A design team, led by Bluett & O’ Donoghue Architects of Kilkenny, will now work with the Board of Management to develop the most appropriate scheme development for the school.

Principal of St Brigid’s College Pat Power said he is delighted with the announcement.

[Source: Kilkenny People]


A Portlaoise man had to pepper-sprayed by Gardaí (police) after becoming aggressive when they attempted to seize a vehicle on his property.

Paul Worthington, 4 Liogard, Portlaoise, attempted to physically stop the Gardaí removing the vehicle on December 17, 2011. Inspector Declan Dunne gave evidence that Worthington threatened the Gardaí and continued to be abusive, until pepper-spray was finally deployed.

Worthington has 15 previous convictions.

[Source: Leinster Express]


Communities in Cootehall and Drumshanbo are in shock following the sad passing of a young Leaving Certificate student two weekends ago.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Fryer of Clonebrien, Cootehall, County Roscommon, died suddenly at Sligo General Hospital two weekends ago following a brief illness.

The young man was a student of Drumshanbo Vocational School and had just completed his Leaving Certificate Exams at the school Thursday, June 20.