News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


The call by members of the I.C.A., Macra Na Feirme, many trade unions, Chambers Ireland and the Immigrant Council of Ireland comes as hearings by the Dáil Justice Committee on the issue come to an end.

Denise Charlton, chief executive of the Immigrant Council said: “After years of campaigning and several months of Dáil (Irish Parliament) hearings the truth is now plain for everyone to see. Irish and foreign criminal gangs are using prostitution as a low risk, high profit crime to line their pockets in Donegal and across the country.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The socialist republican party, éirígí, has condemned the re-arrest of its spokesman, Newry man Stephen Murney, from Maghaberry prison on Wednesday morning, February 20.

Murney appeared at Banbridge Magistrates Court sitting in Newry, where he was charged with collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, possession of articles for use in terror and aiding and abetting criminal damage.

Mr. Murney was already being held at Maghaberry Prison on previous charges of collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists when he was released into police custody for further questioning on Wednesday.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Gangsters stored three shotguns and ammunition on the roof of a Dublin primary school.

Detectives believe that the haul belongs to a gang of young hoods that includes Aaron Rattigan, a cousin of jailed gangster “King Ratt.”

Gardaí (police) made the shocking discovery at the Mhathair De School on Basin Lane in Dublin's south inner city after reports of suspicious activity.

A source said: “This is a very worrying trend – a pipe bomb was found at a school in Crumlin only a few weeks ago.”
[Source: Evening Herald]


Two of the men involved in the robbery of the Northern Bank in Kesh in February 2009 have been jailed at Derry Crown Court.

Both men were jointly convicted of robbing the Northern Bank in Kesh of $8,100 and $1,600, and with being involved in the aggravating taking of a car which was then driven dangerously on roads including Killadeas Road, Kesh and Boa Island Road, Kesh.

Sean McKay (26) whose address was given as H.M.P. Maghaberry was told that having considered a pre-sentence report, the court believed that the offense, or combination of the offense and one or more offenses associated with it, was so serious that only a custodial sentence could be justified.

The defendant was told he will be jailed for eight years and six months followed by two years on probation.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A dispute involving part-time Bus Eireann drivers on 96 Galway school bus routes has now been resolved.

It follows a meeting held last week on Monday, February 25, between S.I.P.T.U. representatives and Bus Eireann Management.

S.I.P.T.U. says hours have now been restored for three part-time drivers with some being moved to alternative routes.

The new arrangements mean threatened strike action involving 37 drivers has now been averted.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The father of an Irish man attacked in Australia has said his son is recovering from his injuries.

Twenty-five-year-old Kieran Cahill from Killarney, County Kerry, was allegedly attacked by three men outside a kebab shop in Sydney in the early hours of Monday morning, February 25, after he asked a number of men to stop hassling a couple of women.

The Irish Echo newspaper in Australia said one man has been charged with the assault, but that police are looking for others in connection with the incident.

Kieran's father, Michael, said he has been in contact with his son via text message.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A man was stabbed in broad daylight on the main street in Athy on Monday morning, February 25.

The man, who is in his 20s, was taken to Naas General Hospital for treatment but his injuries were described as “not life threatening.”

The knife attack followed a row between two men outside the post office at Duke Street at approximately 10 a.m.

During the altercation one man produced a penknife and stabbed/slashed the other man in the back.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Documents and computer records were seized from the Thomastown headquarters of Kilkenny company B&F Meats two weekends ago, as the local business remains firmly under the spotlight in the international horsemeat scandal.

Operations have been suspended at the company’s Carrick-on-Suir facility since Friday, February 22, when it emerged that the plant, which debones beef and horsemeat, was dispatching horsemeat to the Czech Republic using a label in the Czech language which translates as “beef.” The Department of Agriculture’s Special Investigation Unit carried out a forensic examination with assistance from Gardaí (police) – and this has now been extended to the Thomastown offices.
[Source: Kilkenny People]