News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A police officer “acted appropriately” when he discharged a taser at a local man who was slashing himself with a knife.

The police ombudsman has concluded that the officer acted within the law when he fired the weapon at a man during an incident in Crumlin on April 22 this year.

The P.S.N.I. received a call from the ambulance service requesting assistance at a house in the village where a man had a knife and was “cutting himself.”
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Customs officials have closed down a fuel-laundering plant in Crossmaglen, which was capable of producing 1.3 million liters of diesel a year.

More than 14 tons of toxic waste were removed from farm buildings where the plant was operating along with pumps, tanks and other equipment.

The illegal operation had the potential to evade the U.K. Treasury of more than $4.6 million in tax and duty.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Vodafone Ireland announced improved coverage in counties Wexford, Kilkenny and Carlow. Following the enhancement to voice coverage earlier this summer, the operator has now made mobile data services available to areas where previously only mobile calls could be made. In Carlow, around 54,000 people in the county will receive data coverage in areas such as Carlow Town, Tullow, Borris, Bagnalstown, Ballon and Goresbridge, while the improved service reaches 95,000 people around Kilkenny, in areas such as Ballyhale, Ballyragget, Callan, Castlecomer, Freshford, Inistioge, Kilkenny City and Mullinavat.
[Source: Telecompaper]


Gardaí (police) are appealing to locals in the Canningstown area about the illegal dumping of tires in a river – for the second time in recent weeks.

An estimated 120 tires were dumped in the river at Ardmone, Canningstown, between Tuesday, June 18, and Saturday, June 22.

Previously around 30 tires had been cleared from the same spot by locals and used on farms.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A north Clare man who strangled a woman before dumping her body into the sea was sentenced to life-imprisonment last Thursday.

Colm Deely (41), of School Road in Ballyvaughan, has been found guilty of murdering Deirdre McCarthy (43), between 11 p.m. on March 27, 2011, and noon the following day. He had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

A jury of seven women and five men found Deely guilty by unanimous verdict after two hours and 58 minutes of deliberation at the Central Criminal Court on Wednesday, June 26.
[Source: Clare Champion]


A mother is fighting for her life after she and her daughter crashed into a pub on Shandon Street on Saturday evening, June 29.

Their car crashed at 5 p.m. on Saturday into the North Gate Tavern pub, which is on the corner of Shandon Street and North Mall, after the mother passed out due to a medical problem.

The young girl was able to get out of the car but the woman had to be cut out by emergency services.
[Source: Cork Independent]


An administrative officer with the P.S.N.I. has admitted breaching the Data Protection Act by obtaining information about a homophobic assault.

Bridgene McCleave, whose address was given on court papers as c/o P.S.N.I. Strand Road, pleaded guilty to obtaining information from police files about the assault in July 2008.

Derry Magistrates Court heard the 57-year-old had been employed by the P.S.N.I. since 2006 as an administrative assistant working closely with analysts in the District Intelligence Unit.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Declan Bonner, the former Donegal senior manager, is back in county management following his appointment as Donegal minor manager.

Bonner, the 1992 All-Ireland winner and senior manager for three seasons at the end of the 1990s, was appointed by the Donegal County Committee last Monday night at their monthly meeting.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge I have been working with the lads for the last few season and have managed them at U-16 and U-17 level and I know all the lads well,” Bonner told the Democrat last Tuesday morning.

“There is a good bunch of lads at that age group. We won the Buncrana Cup, last year. We beat Tyrone in the final and we have qualified for the McGuigan Cup final.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Fans of “Britain’s Got Talent” were in for a treat on Saturday, June 29, when finalist Jordan O’Keefe dropped in to Newry Credit Union to launch their Juvenile Members Concert – “CU on Hill Street.”

Hundreds of swooning fans greeted the Derry singer as he appeared to sign autographs, t-shirts and other merchandise as part of the launch of the concert that takes place on Sunday, August 25, as part of Newry Credit Union’s 50-year anniversary celebrations.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]