News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A man who was involved in the fatal hit-and-run of a young Monaghan cyclist was on bail and serving a suspended sentence for a number of thefts at the time of the accident, writes Declan Brennan.

Judge Patrick McCartan described the death of Shane O'Farrell on a summer's night over two years ago as a tragic accident, which occurred because the deceased was not properly lit up.

Mr. O'Farrell (23) died on August 2, 2011 after his bike was struck by a car on the N2 Dublin to Derry Road between Carrickmacross and Castleblaney sometime after 10 p.m. that evening.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


The owner of an Offaly bus hire company has pleaded guilty to failing to maintain a school bus that was later involved in a fatal crash.

A separate charge that alleged the owner’s failure had caused the death of school boy Michael White (15) has been dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The bus crashed on a bog road just outside Clara, County Offaly on April 4, 2006 when the back axle came away and the bus flipped over. Mr. White died as a result of “catastrophic injuries” suffered in the crash.

The owners of Clara Cabs, Raymond and Ruairi McKeown, both of River Street, Clara had pleaded not guilty to six counts of failing to maintain the 1989 Mercedes bus, two of which say this failure led to the death of the school boy on April 4, 2006.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Progress has been made in compensation and relocation for turf cutters in Roscommon according to Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan T.D.

The minister confirmed that more than $1.4 million had now been paid to turf cutters on bogs that were in whole or in part located in the county and designated as Special Areas of Conservation. Approximately 950 applications have been received from turf-cutters on these bogs.

Of the 53 raised bogs nationally that have been nominated for designation as Special Areas of Conversation (S.A.C.), 14 of these sites are wholly or partly in Roscommon. Potential relocation sites have been identified for nine bogs located in the county.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


The N4 Action Group is waiting to contact the family of the latest road fatality before erecting another white cross along the notorious route.

I.T. Sligo graduate Derek Bannon became the 30th person killed on the lethal road. The crash happened close to Lackagh Cross, an area that has now claimed eight lives.

Bernard Mulhern, from the N4 Action Group, said: "There was a fatal mini-bus crash a number of years ago. This latest fatality brings the number to eight in a short distance, less than [1.25 miles]. It's unbelievable, it's a horrible statistic."


Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly has welcomed the return of a morning bus service linking Nenagh, Roscrea and other villages to Dublin.

The 7:30 a.m. service leaving Limerick for Dublin had been withdrawn following Bus Eireann’s most recent timetable changes. However, Minister Kelly has been working with both Bus Eireann and the National Transport Authority to have the service restored.

“I welcome this development and it will give all sides, drivers, operators and customers a chance to assess the demand level for this service. This is a service Bus Eireann operates in a private capacity and I am delighted for both the local workers and local passengers that they have agreed to reinstate the service. This will be very helpful for many people accessing medical appointments and education opportunities,” stated Minister Kelly.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


More than 2,000 jobs could be put on hold in Cookstown following the revelation that the new police training college planned for the town is currently over-budget.

It is believed the plug could be pulled on the current tender process for the province's first multi-million pound Police, Prison and Fire Training College amid concern that the Cookstown project looks set to run over-budget by millions of pounds.

A multi-million-pound underestimation of building costs for the new 250-acre facility at Desertcreat outside Cookstown could now lead to a delay in the project – which was originally due to be finished in 2008.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A low-level shopping development on the largely derelict site bordered by Michael Street, New Street, Stephen Street and Alexander Street in the city center could be brought back on track despite the land now being largely in the ownership of N.A.M.A.

N.A.M.A. are looking at their assets around the country to see how they can be rejuvenated and turned into viable options. Included among the sites is Michael Street in the city center, which could be developed by K.R.M. construction partnership with approval from N.A.M.A.

Richie Walsh of Waterford City Council confirmed that they had been talking to K.R.M. and N.A.M.A. and there might be a possibility for a redesign of the original development in order to move it on.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]