News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Nov 11 2013



Concerns are mounting that the new Antrim and Newtownabbey “super council” will be crippled by debt from its very inception.

Shocking new figures have revealed that Antrim was in debt to the tune of $31.7 million in March 2012 – an increase of almost $8 million on the previous year.

But even that towering total does not account for all of the borough's liabilities, which are currently estimated at $49,357,505.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


A vicious assault on a local priest, in which he was savagely beaten and robbed in his home, has been met with outrage throughout the community.

Dromintee parish priest, Fr. Dermot Maloney, was alone in the parochial house on Main Street, Jonesboro when he was confronted by three youths who had forced their way into his home around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30.

It’s believed the teenage intruders, one of whom is alleged to be just 14-years-old, climbed over a locked gate and came through the back door of the property.

Using a hammer, the assailants beat Fr. Maloney about the head, demanding money. He pleaded with them to stop and told them repeatedly that there was no cash kept in the house.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Over 16,400 cigarettes have been seized by the Revenue Commissioners in County Carlow.

Following an intelligence-led operation, officers from the customs service discovered the “Goldengate,” “Torro,” “Denim Blue” and “West” cigarettes when they entered an apartment in Tullow.

They carry a retail value of over $9,000 and represent a potential loss to the treasury of just under $8,000.
[Source: Breaking News]


As part of the Garda (police) district and station rationalization program for 2013, Ballyconnell Garda District was to be amalgamated with Cavan Garda District from midnight on Sunday, November 10.

As part of this program, Redhills Garda Station will close on the same date and will be policed from Belturbet Garda Station. Garda Stations at Ballyconnell, Belturbet, Killeshandra, Swanlinbar, Blacklion and Dowra will continue to be policed as at present.

The new amalgamated district will be known as Cavan Garda District and will be under the management of Superintendent Jimmy Coen at Cavan District Headquarters.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


An Ennis-based Garda’s (police officer’s) own car registration number has been cloned and is being used on a Volkswagen Golf, wanted in connection with a spate of burglaries in the county.

The revelation came at a public meeting of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee and senior gardaí also confirmed that a speed van also had its plates cloned.

The issue of cloned plates was raised by Councilor Tony Mulqueen. He said he was aware of members of the public who had received speeding fines in the post in respect of times and locations where they could have been.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Five-year-old Katie Connolly, who suffers from Down’s syndrome, asthma, juvenile arthritis and a heart condition, has had her medical card renewal application rejected.

Katie, from Douglas, who has had a medical card for the past four years, needs to visit the doctor once a month and go to occupational therapy and speech-and-language therapy every two weeks.

The five-year-old was also recently diagnosed with juvenile arthritis, which requires regular visits to Crumlin Hospital in Dublin.

Katie’s parents, Jackie and Ray, organized a protest outside city hall on Saturday, November 9 to highlight their plight and the plight of other parents who have been affected by cuts to medical cards.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Plans to erect bilingual signs on roads in Claudy and Park could be delayed because Derry City Council policy does not recognize them as streets.

The issue arose after 28 requests were made to Derry City Council for signage in English and Irish for streets in the area.

In line with council policy, plebiscites were then held to get the views of local residents and 26 of the requests got the necessary 66 percent or more approval required to erect the signs.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A man who shook his baby daughter so violently that he caused her brain damage and cracked her ribs has walked free from court.

Shaun McCahill (21) admitted three counts of assault causing harm to the baby, who was only nine-weeks-old at the time of the last of three incidents in which he had shaken her.

But Judge John O'Hagan said he would not send McCahill to jail because of the bond he had built with the child since. The judge also allowed the naming of McCahill in court, but banned the identification of the child.

Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court heard that McCahill, of St. Mary's Terrace, Ramelton, County Donegal, had shaken the baby on three occasions – twice with his hands and once when she was in a pram.
[Source: Evening Herald]