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It will involve new pavement, curbing and road surfacing from the Patrick Street junction to William Street junction.

The improvement works will also involve a reconfiguration of the junction at The Field pub, and the removal of the left-turning slip lane there – although this measure has not met with universal approval.

The works are part of Kilkenny City’s much-vaunted “Medieval Mile” project.
[Source: Kilkenny People]

LAOIS

A Portlaoise man in jail for running a $1.5million cocaine factory whose finances are being investigated by the State has told the Circuit Court that numerous lodgments to his bank accounts over a period of almost two years were due to him carrying out carpentry jobs for cash.

John Troy (37) was one of three men convicted of running the drugs factory at Troy’s property in Ballyknocken in 2005. When Gardaí (police) raided the house they discovered around 13 pounds of cocaine, which the men were in the process of cutting with mixing agent to turn into 22 pounds for sale. Paraphernalia including mixers, bowls, weighing scales and bags were also found on the premises. It was estimated that the drugs had a street value of $1.544 million.
[Source: Leinster Express]

LEITRIM

A day that started in celebration for Allen Gaels G.A.A. club as they gathered to celebrate the memory of Tony McGowan ended in shock for the town of Drumshanbo with the sudden passing of Gerry Keane, described as “larger than life” by Club Chairman Sean Wynne.

Leitrim Club Player of the Year in 1991, Gerry Keane was one of those legendary players who come to symbolize their clubs, their dedication legendary and commitment to the club marking him out as one of those unsung local heroes who do so much for their communities.

Gerry won three Leitrim Senior Championship medals as a player in 1991, 1996 and 1997 and was part of the Allen Gaels management team who won two further titles in 2001 and 2002
[Source: Leitrim Observer]

LIMERICK

A car salesman stole tens of thousands of dollars from his employer by selling cars off the books a court has heard.

Denis Curtin (42) of Woodview Park, Newcastle West, pleaded guilty to 13 counts of theft relating to offenses on dates during 2008 and 2009.

The total amount of money stolen by the defendant was $59,716.

Limerick Circuit Court has heard the defendant was employed as a sales manager at Liam Cleary’s Car Sales, Eastway Business Park and that he was a “trusted” employee who had “full control” over the sale of cars at the premise.
[Source: Limerick Leader]

LONGFORD

Gardaí (police) were last Tuesday night expected to arrest two suspects they believe viciously attacked a newly-married couple with a hatchet in Edgeworthstown on Sunday afternoon, February 17.

Up to half a dozen officers from the Gardaí’s armed Regional Support Unit (R.S.U.) were drafted in to assist local Gardaí as part of a planned operation.

Both men, who are related and well-known to Gardaí, were last Tuesday evening being quizzed by senior Gardaí over the assault after Gardaí swooped on a house in the Lisnanagh area of Edgeworthstown.

Investigators have already spoken to the victims of the incident, which occurred two weeks ago in broad daylight at around 2 p.m. along the town’s Main Street.
[Source: Longford Leader]

LOUTH

A 65-year-old local man who was arrested in a Garda (police) surveillance operation where they seized $227,000 worth of drugs had sentence adjourned for Judge Leonie Reynolds to obtain an up-to-date medical report on the accused.

Dundalk Circuit Court heard on Friday, February 15, that Francis McDonagh a father-of-three of Cocklehill, Blackrock, who was present in a wheelchair, became involved in what was described as a “one-off” venture into the drugs trade. He admitted a charge of possession of drugs for sale or supply.

He was apprehended when Gardaí monitored the movements of a co-accused as he traveled from Coolock. They nabbed the pair outside town and seized $227,000 worth of cannabis resin. They also found $40,000 cash in a boot of a car owned by the accused at his home.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

MAYO

Gardaí (police) in Castlebar have interviewed a number of people as part of their ongoing investigation into the aggravated burglary at the home of Castlebar businesswoman Regina Sweeney earlier this month.

Ms. Sweeney was the victim of a second savage assault in her home/business on February 6. She was also the victim of a similar attack on December 1.

While no arrests have been made yet, a Garda spokesperson said they had interviewed a number of people who are “assisting” them with their inquiries.

The spokesperson said a “mammoth” investigation into the attack was ongoing and that “no stone is being left unturned.”
[Source: The Mayo News]

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