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



Health service management claim there will be no impact on the ambulance service in Portlaoise as a result of an enhanced service in Edenderry.

It was announced two weeks ago that Edenderry would get ambulance cover seven nights a week.

From November 4, the H.S.E. reconfigured staff-members and money throughout the midland region to provide the service, according to Fianna Fail T.D., Brian Cowen.

Deputy Cowen said the move will result in Edenderry gaining ambulance cover seven nights a week, but will also see cover being removed on Saturday.

The Offaly T.D. said that while he welcomed the announcement, he was cautious of the fact that no new positions were created, but rather, staff-members and capital have been reconfigured within the midland region.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The current chief of the Galway-Roscommon Hospital Group, Bill Maher, received a salary of up to $263,000 to facilitate his transfer to the West in 2011.

According The Irish Times, ministers approved the special annual pay deal to facilitate Bill Maher's transfer as chief executive of St. Vincent's in Dublin to the Galway-Roscommon group.

The newspaper reports that at the time, the official pay rate for the C.E.O. post at St. Vincent's Hospital was $197,000.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Sebastian Barry’s novel, “The Secret Scripture,” is set to be adapted into a feature film with filming due to take place in Sligo next year.

Hollywood actresses Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave have both signed on to play young and old versions of the main character, a Sligo woman who keeps a diary of her many years confined to a mental hospital in Roscommon.

The book, shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008, is set to be adapted into a film by Noel Pearson.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


There are 12 women working as prostitutes in County Tipperary at the present time, The Tipperary Star can reveal.

And, a move is underway in the county to make it illegal to pay for sex, although it has not gotten the unanimous approval of elected representatives.

Clr. Virginia O’Dowd tabled a notice of motion at last week’s meeting of the County Council, calling on the council to recognize that trafficking, exploitation and abuse of women and girls is taking place in Tipperary as a result of prostitution. And, she called for laws to be introduced to make it illegal to pay for sex, having noted the success of similar laws in other jurisdictions.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Dungannon firm has come to the aid of the US Government!

On Thursday, November 14, U.S. federal officials used a Powerscreen impact crusher to pulverize six tons of illegal elephant ivory to discourage poachers and wildlife traffickers.

The "Ivory Crush" event took place at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Property Repository at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge near Denver, Colorado and was attended by representatives of African nations and other countries, dozens of leading conservationists and international media representatives.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The humble Waterford  Blaa has claimed its place among the ranks of internationally-famous brands such as Italy’s Parma Ham, France’s Camembert Cheese and Greece’s Kalamata olive oil.

Traditionally dating back to the arrival of French Huguenots in the late 17th century, the blaa has been awarded the coveted Protected Geographic Indication (P.G.I.) status.

This prestigious designation means it is now illegal to use the name Blaa to describe any other type of bread. It is also the first Irish food product in five years to have successfully registered under the scheme.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Westmeath County Board chairman, Sean Sheridan, is crestfallen at the failure of an attempt to create a new 14-county, top-tier structure for the National Hurling League.

The “Super 14” template for the N.H.L., brokered by Westmeath and Carlow, was shot down at a meeting of the G.A.A.’s Central Council on Saturday, November 16 – and by the narrowest of margins.

Mr. Sheridan said that he was “disappointed” to learn that two Leinster counties voted against the proposal, sealing a 19-17 defeat for the motion.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The ongoing controversy surrounding the proposed corridors for EirGrid’s, Grid Link Project has moved fully into New Ross.

On Wednesday, a large group of protesters gathered at EirGrid’s information office in Marsh Lane to voice their concerns about the routes; one of which, if chosen, could come within a few hundred meters of Kent’s Cross on the outskirts of the town.

As part of the protest, those present, who included members and supporters of the New Ross Pylons Action Group, handed in letters to the office addressed to the EirGrid Grid Link Project Manager, John Lowry.
[Source: Wexford Echo]