News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 13 2013



A spate of graffiti tagging on homes, businesses and signage around Manorhamilton is destroying years of hard work put in by volunteers involved in the local Tidy Towns committee.

In recent weeks, vandals have targeted buildings and signage in a graffiti “bombing” campaign of the town, tagging public areas with the letters “OSK.”

Clr. Sean McSharry, a member of the local Tidy Towns committee, said that the graffiti has caused widespread anger, especially with those who have volunteered their time over the last few years to try and improve the appearance of the town.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Interpol are working with Limerick Gardaí (police) to topple a major Lithuanian drugs gang, after it was revealed that 16 Lithuanians have been arrested and charged with various drug offenses in Limerick.

The drugs gang is using newly-arrived immigrants to sell drugs on the streets of towns and cities across Ireland, Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told last Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Rustam Riabov was only in the country two weeks when he was ordered to go to Limerick to sell heroin, Limerick District Court heard.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A pipe bomb outside a house near Edgeworthstown two weeks ago exploded moments before Gardaí (police) discovered a second viable device, the Leader can reveal.

No one was hurt when the bomb detonated at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, with the house’s occupants initially believing the blast to be that of a shotgun.

But it was only when Gardaí arrived and carried out a search of the premises that a second device was found, resulting in army bomb disposal experts being called in.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A freelance makeup artist, Marie Murphy, who hails from Carlingford, has been selected as a finalist in a worldwide makeup artist competition, “The Illamasqua Distinction,” in Makeup Artistry Awards, which were held on Saturday, October 5, in B.A.F.T.A. in London.

The Former Dun Lughaigh pupil flew to London and applied make-up in front of a live audience in B.A.F.T.A., and the image was cast as a live vote via Facebook.

Marie, who currently works as a graphic designer in Dublin, explained that the competition is made up of four categories, and in each category there are four finalists.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Manulla crèche is facing closure and fines of up to approximately $16,000 after a court heard that toddlers were left unattended, and that children were upset after being grabbed by their arms by a staff member.

Ms. Marie McGrath, owner of Sunny Days crèche, which is located in a former licensed premise in Manulla, pleaded guilty to 10 breaches of the 2006 Pre-school Child Care Regulations on January 15, January 25 and April 11, 2013. The H.S.E. withdrew 11 other charges at last Monday’s special sitting of Castlebar District Court.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Footballer Joe Sheridan, recently dropped from the Meath senior panel, is turning to a new interest: politics.

The Seneschalstown clubman is to seek a nomination to run in next year's county council elections in Meath, following in the footsteps of his father, Damien, a former Navan urban councilor.

The county’s top-scoring full-forward, who famously met Queen Elizabeth and Michelle Obama when they visited Dublin two years ago, said this week he was happy to put his name forward for selection, but as he was bordering a number of electoral areas, he hadn’t yet decided the best option for both himself and the party.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The Health Service Executive has said it plans to close a children's high-support unit in County Monaghan after the Health Information and Quality Authority expressed serious concern about the unit.

H.I.Q.A. said children were being locked into the Rath na nÓg unit at Castleblayney despite the occurrence of several fires in a short period prior to the inspection.

It also expressed concern about bullying and assaults at the unit in a report published last Tuesday morning.
[Source: RTE News]


The total number of vacant commercial units or premises recorded in Offaly is 12.5 percent according to the third GeoView quarterly report on Commercial Vacancy Rates, published jointly by GeoDirectory and D.K.M. Economic Consultants.

In this issue it examined commercial vacancy rates in 79 towns across the country, including 22 Dublin postcode locations.

The report classifies as vacant 27,405 of the 223,359 commercial address points recorded in the country. The overall commercial vacancy rate is 12.3 percent. This is an increase on the 11.9 percent recorded in the Q2 2013 issue.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A man accused of raping two schoolgirls has been transferred to a different prison.