News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



The trial of a man accused of murdering two soldiers in County Antrim four years ago has heard that crucial D.N.A. evidence in the case may have been “compromised” at the scene.

Brian Patrick Shivers (47) is accused of involvement in the Real I.R.A. attack on Massereene Barracks in which Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were killed.

Shivers, from Sperrin Mews in Magherafelt, denies murdering the soldiers on March 7, 2009 and also denies six counts of attempted murder and possession of two firearms.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The scourge of toxic waste dumping that plagues the south Armagh region has once again been met with anger and condemnation from local representatives, who are urging all involved agencies to tackle the issue “once and for all.”

Their demands came just as H.M.R.C. officers removed more than one-and-a-half tons of toxic waste from a cattle farm in Cullyhanna, after the discovery of a diesel-laundering plant hidden behind a wall of hay bales. The illegal operation, which used slurry tankers to launder and transport the diesel, was capable of producing 1.8 million liters of illicit fuel, evading almost $1.8 million in taxes and duty a year.

Sinn Fein Councilor Colman Burns, speaking after visiting another diesel sludge dumping site in Mullaghduff, branded the discarding of toxic waste “a disgusting practice” and said it only served to feed the negative publicists who thrive on giving the border area a bad name.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Farmers and contractors have been taking full advantage of any breaks in the weather in recent weeks, with plenty of ploughing and planting already done in southern counties, in particular.

However, further up the country, some areas with heavier soils need more time before they are ready for the plough.

I was in Carlow last week to meet with Diarmuid Claridge and Derek Delahunty of Lemken Ireland, and Ken Doyle of Templetouhy Farm Machinery, to see how they went about setting up a plough and tractor for optimal performance in the field.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Gardaí (police) have made a “huge” breakthrough in their investigation into the disappearance of Gerry Daly, and have upgraded the case to murder. On Monday morning, March 11, at 8 a.m., Gardaí in Bailieborough arrested a 47-year-old man – not 53, as incorrectly stated in national papers – at his home on suspicion of murder after a search of a property in the area.

The arrest occurred in the Bailieborough area and local detectives were “intensifying” their investigations in light of recent developments in the case.

It is not yet known whether Gardaí have recovered the body of Mr. Daly, who went missing from his home in June 2011, and Gardaí are remaining tight-lipped on the new evidence, which is apparently strong enough to now open a murder investigation.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


More than 300 jobs will be created at three new Supervalu stores and extensions to 40 supermarkets around the country.

A total of 160 of the jobs will be created at three new stores in Celbridge in Kildare, Milltown Malbay in Clare, and another store whose location has not been revealed. The remaining jobs will be on offer at extensions to existing stores in the supermarket chain this year. Supervalu said the positions to be filled include general floor staff-members, cashiers, butchers, specialized fresh food staff-members, managerial staff-members and cooks.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Wizz Air, the Hungarian airline, is bringing its flights from Cork Airport to a close in the coming weeks.

The airline has been operating in Cork for the past six years after setting up camp in 2006.

Wizz Air will bring its final three services to a close after finishing other flights to Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania in January.

The airline, which benefited from the immigration route between Poland and Ireland, is suffering as this trend is down by 40 percent since its peak in 2007.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A man who subjected his girlfriend to a “prolonged” and “horrendous” attack has been jailed for seven years.

Greg Deyzel Logue, whose address was given on court papers as Duddy’s Court in the Waterside area of the city, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault, making a threat to kill and possession of a knife.

The 32-year-old also admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on July 13, 2011.

Derry Crown Court heard that during the incident Logue hit the woman with a vodka bottle, punched, kicked and bit her.

He also smashed a television over her head, tied a clothesline around her neck, and threatened to push her downstairs.
[Source: Derry Journal]