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Two resident island nurses also attended the scene, as well as island Order of Malta personnel, and attempts to revive him were continued until the arrival of a doctor, by R.N.L.I. boat, from Achill.  Locals believe the fire started in the main room of the house, which was extensively damaged.
[Source: The Mayo News]

MEATH

A large quantity of cash was discovered at two locations that were searched as part of Operation Loft, which included County Meath.  A quantity of business records and computers were also seized and will be now subject to forensic examination by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Gardaí (police) describe the find as a significant laundry, with initial analysis indicating that it has a capability of laundering several hundreds of thousands of liters of diesel.  This would result in a potential throughput of 10 million liters per annum and a consequential loss to the exchequer of $7.1million.  In excess of 40,000 liters of what is believed to be laundered fuel was found on the site as well as over 150 bags of a product known as Bleaching Earth. 
[Source: Meath Chronicle]

MONAGHAN

Police and customs officers from Northern Ireland have taken part in a major cross-border operation against fuel laundering and organized crime.

Searches were carried out in 10 Irish counties.

The operation was led by the Irish Republic's Criminal Assets Bureau and was aimed a south Armagh/north Louth criminal gang with republican links.

A laundering plant in Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, had the capacity to launder 10 million liters per year.

Irish customs said that was a potential loss to the exchequer of $7.1 million.
[Source: BBC News]

OFFALY

Tullamore Community Arts Centre, Ltd. and A2 Architects have announced that the prequalification process for the construction tender is about to be published and expressions of interested from contractors is being invited.

It is anticipated that by the time the tender documents are issued, returned and evaluated that a contractor will be in place by the summer, with a view to breaking ground this autumn.

This represents significant progress since planning permission was granted, as much time was spent in looking at and testing different materials and finishes to ensure that the construction tender meet the requirements of both the design and budget.
[Source: Offaly Express]

ROSCOMMON

Boyle Garda (Police) Station will no longer be open to members of the public on a 24/7 basis in the future.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has confirmed that following the amalgamation of the Boyle Garda district with Castlerea, the station will only be open to the public during daylight hours.

The Minister told local T.D. Frank Feighan in the Dail on Thursday, March 7, that no date had been set for the proposed amalgamation, but that it was scheduled to happen “in the coming months this year.”
[Source: Roscommon Herald]

SLIGO

Gardaí (police) were appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in a crash in Sligo last Thursday morning.

The single-car collision took place at at Drimroe near Tubbercurry at about 3:40 a.m. The man, who is in his mid-20s, was taken to Sligo General Hospital for treatment.

The stretch of road was temporarily closed until an investigation by Garda forensic collision investigators was completed. Local diversions were in place.
[Source: Irish Times]

TIPPERARY

Nenagh priest Fr. Sean McDonagh has welcomed the election of Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio (76) as the new pope and bishop of Rome. He ascended to the throne of St. Peter last Wednesday, following a two-day conclave by the world’s cardinals in the Vatican.

“I am delighted. He seems to be nice. He seems to be humble. Pope Francis seems to be concerned about the poor. He abandoned his palace in Buenos Aires and he takes public transport,” said Fr. McDonagh, pointing out that the Pope had not taken the limousine outside the Vatican after his election, but had joined his fellow cardinals on the bus.

The Columbian priest said he liked the fact that Pope Francis had asked people to pray for him and had emphasized that he was Bishop of Rome as, Fr. McDonagh pointed out – the title of pope is honorific.
[Source: Tipperary Star]

TYRONE

Wreaths at the Moy Memorial have been damaged in a weekend attack.

Police received reports that the wreaths had been damaged on Saturday morning, March 9, at the War Memorial in the square. The War Memorial has been damaged on multiple occasions over the years.

The attack was condemned by Lord Morrow M.L.A., who branded the actions "shameful and deplorable.”

“The desecration of wreaths laid at Moy War Memorial during the early hours of Saturday morning was nothing short of repugnant," he said.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]

WATERFORD

Fishermen have trawled up an unusual catch in the sea off County Waterford in the form of a red scorpion fish.

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