News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Nov 25 2013


It is understood the arrests come as part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale of illicit drugs in the Bundoran/Ballyshannon area.

Local Gardaí, accompanied by members of Revenue Customs Services, seized Methylone that carried an estimated street value of $155,000.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The proposed cross-border bridge at Narrow Water looks to be dead in the water after European funding, vital to the project, was formally withdrawn on Friday, November 15.

Just hours ahead of an all-party convention on the issue held in Louth County Council offices between politicians from both sides of the border, the Special European Union Programmes Body (S.E.U.P.B.) announced it was withdrawing the $23.4 million previously pledged towards the project.

In a statement, the S.E.U.P.B. said: “Following comprehensive discussions on the financial viability of the Narrow Water Bridge with the project’s lead partner (East Border Region Ltd and Louth County Council), the SEUPB has decided to withdraw the letter of offer. The additional funding required to deliver the project has not been secured.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A ruthless Dublin gang who murdered a major crime-lord were paid $67,000 to carry out the hit.

Evil Gintaras Zelvys was shot dead after he ripped off a senior Irish drugs trafficker based in Amsterdam of one million dollars, sources have revealed.

It has now emerged the three man hit-team – including a taxi driver – divided up a bounty of $67,000 after the clinical daylight murder of the Lithuanian gangster.

There has still been no charges in the case of Zelvys (43), who was shot dead in front of his wife in the Greenogue industrial estate in Rathcoole, west Dublin on May 1.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A Belnaleck man whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bomb suffered a 48-hour tirade of abuse on social networking site Twitter, which included taunts that his father “deserved to die.”

On Wednesday, November 13, Stephen Gault was subjected to the abuse on the site by dissident republican supporters who branded him a “poppy-wearing parasite” amongst other sectarian slurs. From 6 p.m. on Wednesday through to Friday evening the abusive comments were made.

Speaking to the Herald, Stephen Gault explained that, despite being the victim of “vile” comments, his Twitter account has been suspended, leaving him “frustrated.”
 [Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar says his department can't provide extra funding for a base for Galway Mountain Rescue.

Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames raised the issue in the Seanad {Senate) last week.

She asked Minister Varadkar to liaise with the city and county councils to ensure the mountain rescue team secures a new base and basic funding. 
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


A 42-year-old woman who is several months pregnant and is due a baby shortly after Christmas has lost her attempt not to be evicted from her council house in a village in County Kerry.

Kerry County Council had secured a district court order for repossession of her home in June 2011 on the grounds of antisocial behavior.

The woman has alcohol abuse problems and is dependent on social welfare. She also has mobility problems and shuffles when she walks.

Being evicted from a local authority house on the grounds of antisocial behavior posed particular difficulties, and the council was no longer obliged to house that person, the court also heard.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


An exhibition, which started in Athy, is proving instrumental in the campaign to have Irish Sign Language (I.S.L.) being recognized as Ireland’s third official language.

Maggie Owens, who was trying to raise awareness of Irish Sign Language in the area, began the Signs of Life exhibition, and it was featured in a segment of “Hand s On,” the T.V. show for Ireland’s deaf community last weekend.

“Hands On” production assistant Richard Duffy told the Kildare Nationalist that the exhibition, which was started by Maggie Owens, has led to political momentum for I.S.L. to be made an official language.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Kilkenny Tourism has launched a callout for new members after a great year for visitor numbers.

The “Kilkenny Tourism Social Event” for current members and potential new members will be held by Kilkenny Tourism in Pembroke Hotel – Statham’s Events Bar on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Chair of Kilkenny Tourism, Colin Ahern, appealed to businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors to attend the open night to see what Kilkenny Tourism can offer.
[Source: Kilkenny People]