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“I would have spent more time in Limerick than anywhere else, other than Dublin of course,” Ms. Moran explained.

“You would rent an apartment and run it as a brothel for whatever length of time until you got rumbled by the guards or the landlord or things turned violent. If the wives of Limerick knew what is going on – it’s an eye opener,” she said.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

Fine Gael’s Clr. Larry Bannon was elected mayor of County Longford at local authority headquarters in the county town on Friday night, June 28.

The local area representative in the Legan area has been part of the local political arena for the last 10 years, and his victory became an historic occasion on the night.

Mayor Bannon is the brother of Deputy James Bannon, who also served as Longford County mayor prior to his election to Dáil Eireann (Irish Assembly). As a result, the newly elected mayor is one of two brothers who are the first in the county to both hold the prestigious office of county mayor.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

Drug-dealers in Dundalk are going to houses and demanding payments from parents as more and more teenagers get involved with illegal drugs.

Sinn Fein Dundalk Town Councilor Kevin Meenan has said the drug dealers are getting younger and so are their victims.

In a recent incident at Muirhevnamor, people as young as 15 threatened to smash up a house if money allegedly owed was not paid to them.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

MAYO

Eccentric Mayor of London Boris Johnson will not be attending this year’s novel Connacht Senior Football Final between London and Mayo in Castlebar.

Despite an online campaign and moves by Mayor of Castlebar Clr. Noreen Heston, Mr. Johnson last Monday announced he will be unable to attend the historic game.

Clr. Heston made contact with the Connacht Council Monday to see if they would consider inviting Boris Johnson to the game and Connacht Council Secretary John Prenty told The Mayo News they would consider it and discuss it at a Connacht Council meeting and with London G.A.A. chiefs.
[Source: The Mayo News]

MEATH

The First Hay Festival was held in Ireland last weekend, and it was a resounding success. The town came alive as 10,000 people visited to attend events that covered books, theatre, film, food, environment, art and travel.
 
“We are absolutely delighted with our first Hay Festival,” said Ger Gaughran, Hay Festival Kells director and member of the Kells Chamber Committee. “It has been magical to see the streets of Kells filled with visitors to our town enjoying themselves, and we are thrilled to have surpassed all our expectations.”
[Source: Meath Chronicle]

MONAGHAN

White crosses, splashed with red paint, have been erected close to the home of an Irish politician after she publicly supported new abortion legislation.

They were erected near the County Monaghan home of Heather Humphreys.

Ms. Humphreys said that while she understood protests at her office, she viewed crosses nailed to poles outside her family home as "quite invasive."

She is a member of the Irish Parliament (T.D.), which is taking a series of votes on allowing limited abortion.
[Source: BBC News]

OFFALY

Former Irish soccer star Paul McGrath is to appear in court later this month in connection with an alleged public order offense two weekends ago.

Gardaí (police) arrested Mr. McGrath outside the Tullamore Court Hotel in the County Offaly town on Saturday evening. He was taken to the local Garda station where he was charged with minor breaches of the Public Order Act.

Mr. McGrath (53) has fought a long-running and very public battle with alcoholism over the last decade.
[Source: Irish Independent]

ROSCOMMON

A man was due to appear in court in Roscommon on Friday, in connection with the false imprisonment of a man in Strokestown three days prior.

Gardaí (police) in Roscommon arrested four people following a planned operation, during which they searched two houses in the Roscommon area.

A woman and two men, all in their late teens, were taken to Roscommon Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]

SLIGO

The chamber of Sligo County Council suffered an exodus of Fine Gael councilors and one Independent last Monday. The incident occurred when a Fine Gael representative tabled a motion calling on colleagues to ensure Sligo-based Oireachtas members vote “No” on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Clr. Matt Lyons, the leas chathaoirleach (deputy chairman), watched as most of his party colleagues disappeared from their seats moments before he made his address. Only three of the 12-strong Fine Gael contingent remained, although they abstained from voting.
[Source: Irish Times]

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