News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Monaghan, Wexford and Donegal have the highest per-capita number of tax defaulters, analysis of revenue data over a five-year period has found.

Monaghan recorded the highest number of tax defaulters between the start of 2008 and the end of 2012, with 1.19 cases for every 1,000 adults living in the county.

This compared to a national average of just 0.55 cases per 1,000 adults over the period.
[Source: Irish Times]


The co-owner of a school bus that crashed in Offaly six years ago, causing the death of a teenager, has received a suspended jail sentence for an offense of failing to maintain the bus.

The bus lost control and flipped over on a bog road just outside Clara, County Offaly on April 4, 2006 when the back axle came away.

School boy Michael White (15) died as a result of “catastrophic injuries” suffered in the crash.

Raymond McKeown (61), a co-owner of Clara Cabs, River Street, Clara had pleaded not guilty to three counts of failing to maintain the 1989 Mercedes bus, one of which say this failure led to the death of Michael White on April 4, 2006.
[Source: Irish Times]


Ireland sizzled in mercury-melting temperatures again last Wednesday as records were smashed for the third day in a row.

Parks and beaches across the country were packed as people scrambled to take advantage of the Mediterranean climate.

Newly-crowned Miss Irish Sun Sinead Duffy (23) sizzled as she topped up her tan at Shankill Beach in Dublin.

And the good news was that the scorching weather stayed for the weekend.

A Met Eireann forecaster explained: “It’s a combination of the very warm air mass from tropical regions and long periods of sunshine every day making the temperatures exceptionally high.”

Mount Dillon in County Roscommon was the hottest place in Ireland last Tuesday, and the sweltering 86 degree Fahrenheit recorded at the weather station topped the previous day’s record.
[Source: Irish Sun]


Two people have been arrested after a man (56) was stabbed to death at a flat in Ballybough in Dublin’s north inner city.

The man, who is originally from County Sligo, was drinking with a group in the flat when he was stabbed at about 5:10 p.m.

He was taken to the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital with serious stab wounds.

He was pronounced dead at about 8:45pm last Thursday evening.
[Source: Irish Times]


Cashel is set to lose out in the process of merging north and south Tipperary, according to South Tipperary and Cashel Town Councilors.

South Tipperary Manager Billy McEvoy said it was a “difficult process” trying to merge a county of 158,000 people with 9 local authorities. The new structure will see Cashel merged with Tipperary Town, with a large part of its hinterland moved into the Carrick-on-Suir area.

Clr. Michael Fitzgerald said the implementation team “had totally ignored the towns of Cashel and Templemore.” “The people of Cashel deserve better representation.”

Clr. Tom Wood said this “is anything but fair.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


The former P.S.N.I. station in Coalisland appears set to be turned into townhouses, the Courier can reveal.

Plans to convert the former station in the center of the town into 19 new properties, believed to be townhouses, are mentioned in the District Housing Plan & Local Housing Strategy for the Dungannon area.

According to the document, the plans are listed under the new build schemes programmed in the borough over the next three years.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The mayor of Dungarvan has welcomed a major $10.5 million investment for the GlaxoSmithKline plant in Dungarvan.

Speaking at Waterford County Council’s monthly meeting, the mayor, Clr. Damien Geoghegan, said he was thrilled to hear that approval had been given for the $10.5 million capital investment into the local plant, which will see the facility expand to include a new packaging line producing 100 percent recyclable material.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A highly-dangerous algal growth in Lough Ennell, which can kill dogs within an hour and cause a rash or eye infections in humans, has led Westmeath County Council to ban bathing at all areas of the lake.

There is, as of last Thursday, a total ban on swimming – and also on allowing dogs and other animals enter the waters of the lake.

The “blue-green algae” has developed as a result of the non-turbulence of the water, the presence of nutrients in the lake, and the arrival of the hot weather.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


A Wexford man who was convicted by a jury of raping his son's 18-year-old girlfriend has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

The Court of Criminal Appeal last Monday morning quashed the conviction of the 49-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the now 25-year-old woman.