News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The smoke-free campus policy will apply to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the hospital campus or buildings. This will ensure that as a health-promoting hospital we will have a safer and cleaner environment for all and better health outcomes for patients and staff.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Business will continue as normal at both Hayes Hotel and the Creggan Court Hotel, and there will be no interruptions to trade. The hotels will honor all customer bookings, deposits and memberships.

Hayes Hotel, the birthplace of the G.A.A. , has its origins in the town going back to the 18th century and is the shrine in the Mecca that is Thurles Town for most hurling followers in the country. The Association was founded in the billiards room on November 1, 1884.

News of the receivership move has come as a big shock to townsfolk, the majority of whom would have visited the establishment at some stage or another.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Churchgoers have reacted angrily to parking tickets handed out while they attended their Sunday worship two weekends ago.

At least six parking tickets were handed out by the P.S.N.I. to parishioners attending services in Dungannon Presbyterian Church and St. Anne's Parish Church on Sunday morning, April 21.

Churchgoers have expressed their concern that the police didn't consult or warn the churches that they were planning to clamp down on cars parked on double yellow lines before Sunday morning. They have also questioned why only cars parked at Scotch Street have been targeted.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Patrick Brady, a customer of SPAR in Barrack Street in Waterford, is to get a one year’s respite from paying his household bills after being announced as Spar Ireland’s “Pay Your Bills for a Year” competition.

Owner of Spar Barrack Street, Gerry Grey, said: “We are delighted to see one of our customers win this fantastic prize and we hope it will be a welcome relief not to have to worry about the bills for one whole year. We appreciate that times are still difficult and this competition is just one small way in which we can give something back to our shoppers who continue to support local Irish businesses, such as SPAR.”
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A Mullingar firm is lobbying hard against an E.U. proposal that it is warning could place 120 jobs in Mullingar in jeopardy.

The E.U., in its draft Tobacco Products Directive, is proposing to ban the sale of tobacco in pouch sizes smaller than 40g – which could have major implications for Mullingar’s Imperial Tobacco factory, in business at the town since 1967, and paying out $9 million in wages annually.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A young County Wexford couple spoke last Tuesday of their joy at having two children from donor sperm insemination.

Marcus and Natalie Kirwan, from Courtown, are the first Irish couple to go public about their decision to opt for donor sperm insemination because of fertility problems.

The couple married in 2004 and after trying for several years to have children sought counseling from a fertility clinic.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Dublin Bus was 70 percent liable for the injuries caused to a 12-year-old Spanish student after he ran out on to the road in Bray, County Wicklow, the High Court has found.

Carlo Tech, from Madrid, suffered catastrophic head injuries when he was hit by a bus in February 2009. As a result, he could not walk or speak and was totally dependent on others, the court had been told. He went out on to the road because he was afraid of a group of older Irish boys behind a wall. It had been alleged those boys were previously involved in a confrontation with the Spanish boys.

In his judgment last Tuesday, Mr. Justice Kevin Cross said he had viewed C.C.T.V. footage and he accepted the bus driver was “very safe” and “careful.”
[Source: Irish Times]