News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A budget airline has vowed that it will not return to Belfast International until airport top brass address “safety concerns” on its runways.

Jet2, who fly to Ibiza, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Geneva, Pisa and a range of U.K. destinations, headed for the departure lounge two weekends ago stressing that it felt it had no alternative but to wing its way from B.I.A. and switch to bitter rivals Belfast City.

In a statement issued on their website, the operator stressed that their first concern was for their passengers.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


An aspiring young model from Crossmaglen has landed herself a leading role in the current Brown Thomas department store advertising campaign being screened until the end of this year. Former Sacred Heart Grammar School pupil, Niamh Cunningham, told us she is thrilled to have been chosen for such a high-profile ad campaign and hopes the exposure will lead to more projects for her.

The blonde beauty is certainly no stranger to the camera lens, having been modeling for the last three years, and she credits her Belfast-based modeling agency with helping her win the coveted B.T. role. Believing her to be perfect for the job, her agent forwarded Niamh’s profile to the advertising company and, after meeting her in person, they agreed.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Improvement works on a major local waterway could create an extra 130 jobs in the region and generate some $16 million over the next 10 years.

A new report by the minister for the environment, community and local government has revealed that improvement works to the Barrow Navigation, which runs through counties Laois, Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny, will cost around $12.4 million. However, this is offset by an expected $15.3 million in generated revenue.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Gardaí (police) in Bailieborough will prepare a file for the D.P.P., after upgrading the case of a missing man to murder – despite his body never being found.

One month ago, Gardaí investigating the disappearance of father-of-three Gerard Daly from his Cornaveigh home made a "huge" breakthrough and upgraded the case to murder.

On Monday, March 11, a man in his 40s was arrested at his home on suspicion of murder, after a search of a property in the area. That arrest occurred in the Bailieborough area and local detectives then "intensified" their investigations in light of those developments.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


People in west Clare, who are unconnected to crime, may have vital knowledge in relation to recent burglaries in the region.

That’s according to Garda (Police) Superintendent Gerry Wall, who confirmed a number of serious incidents are being followed up.

Gardaí are currently investigating the second aggravated burglary in a week after three masked men entered a house in Kilmihil and beat the lone occupant with a bar in the early hours of Good Friday.
The incident occurred between midnight on Thursday, March 28, and Friday, Mar. 29, when the three men entered a house at Lacken, Kilmihil by breaking the front window.
[Source: Clare Champion]


A car crash last Wednesday in Youghal drew the curiosity of onlookers around 8:40 a.m on day last week., but nobody was hurt.

A man driving his car on Mill road, near Cork Hill, mysteriously crashed into two parked cars causing substantial damage.

No one was hurt in the crash and Gardaí (police) have sealed off the area for technical examination.

It is not yet known how the man lost control of his car but a Garda spokesperson said the driver stayed on the scene and was cooperative with the Gardaí.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry firefighters were called into action to tackle a staggering 114 gorse fires last week.

The problem was so severe in some areas of the city that residents battled flames with garden hoses in order to protect their properties.

Jon McCourt, who assisted in the battle reported: “Watching four different groups of young people lighting fires in the Marianus Glen alone.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


The number of applications to put children into state care being made in Letterkenny significantly outnumbers other similarly-sized towns, new figures reveal.

The figures from the courts service show 225 care orders for children were granted in Letterkenny in 2011.

This compares to one in Mullingar for the same year, eight in Killarney, 10 in Athlone, 21 in Castlebar and 23 in Carlow. Letterkenny had marginally more applications granted than Galway and was only exceeded by Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


Supermarket giant Tesco has moved to alleviate local concerns about the nature of its recruitment processes for posts in the brand new Newry store, due to open its doors June 6.