News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


It would seem that the positive news of a significant jobs boost for the area has now given way to widespread cynicism, with public criticism being aired via social media and news forums in recent days regarding what some view as an arbitrary process of selection based on a basic questionnaire which does not detail employment or education history. Many applicants have complained of already being rejected on the basis of the initial questionnaire, while others feel the sheer number of rejections being reported suggests randomness to the selection process that means job seekers are missing out on a potential job without being properly assessed.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Ireland’s first ever female assassin was on her way to kill a second man when she was arrested by armed Gardaí (police).

Defiant Rose Lynch gave a clenched fist salute and exclaimed "Mná na hÉireann, tiocfaidh ár lá" after unexpectedly pleading guilty last Tuesday to killing father-of-two David Darcy.

It has now emerged she had bullets in her handbag when she was arrested on the Naas Road in Dublin on suspicion of Mr. Darcy's murder.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A woman has been arrested following what is believed to have been the stabbing of man in Enniskillen last Tuesday night.

The incident took place in the East Bridge Street area of Enniskillen, and police have arrested a “32-year-old woman on suspicion of [grievous bodily harm].”

At approximately 10:30 p.m., police received the report that a 32-year-old man had been assaulted. He was taken for treatment to an arm injury and was released a short time later.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A 15-year-old boy is now attending school regularly ever since a judge warned him last month that he would keep jailing his parents until he went back to class.

The case was back before Galway District Court last Wednesday where it was heard last month that the boy had missed 91 school days out of 114 this year alone and had a long history of truancy.

The Galway teenager, who is in his Junior Certificate year, had been asked by Judge Alan Mitchell at Galway District Court last month to decide which of his parents should go to jail because he was refusing to go to school.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A parish priest in Kerry said that he is extremely grateful for a $130,000 donation.

The check was delivered in person to Fr. Sean Hanafin of St. John's Catholic Church in Tralee by a woman from Hong Kong.

He said he was amazed when the check cleared.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


The murder of Dublin native and Coneyboro resident Jamie Lindsay comes against a backdrop of increasing concern and frustration about the sale of illicit drugs in the Athy area.

Statistics that emerged in the past year showed that the area had up to 50 known heroin users, while heroin abuse has recently been described as “a major problem” by a local community worker.

Noreen Ardill of the County Kildare Leader Partnership has been involved in the setting up of a support group for the families of those affected by drug or alcohol addiction in the Athy area.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


City councilors are up-in-arms following one of the strangest and most bizarre incidents involving Travelers and crime for many years.

It has left law-abiding citizens wondering what’s next while people in the city suburb occurred fear for their lives but are afraid to come forward in case of reprisals.

The shock and fear centers around a city resident who performed his civic duty in stopping two members of the Traveling community from robbing fuel from his home in the early morning that has been cautioned by Gardaí (police). The man, of impeccable character was forced to chase the pair of balaclava-wearing Travelers after they left his house with a five-liter drum of home heating oil. After catching one of them, he held him down until the Gardaí came after he made a 999 call on his mobile phone. There was an altercation as he tried to escape and the homeowner gave as good as he got.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Almost 400 people packed into the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Friday night, April 5, for the crowning of the 2013 Laois Rose.

Interest in the Rose of Tralee competition is increasing every year, and this year 19 girls took to the stage.

Performing arts student, Roisin Ryan, kicked the night off with her rendition of “On My Own” from the musical Les Misérables.

Jenny Coogan entered the Laois Rose for her grandfather who is originally from County Laois but moved to Co. Carlow. The musically-talented lady had previously played for the Presentation Band, Carlow at the Rose of Tralee.