News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 20 2013


S.D.L.P. Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley, M.L.A. has raised the issue of the underfunding of Arts in Newry in the Assembly. During question time at the assembly two weeks ago, the M.L.A. asked Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín to review the capital funding for the Arts in Newry.

Mr Bradley said, “Newry City and the wider hinterlands of south Armagh and south Down are steeped in a rich heritage of culture, arts, drama, music and storytelling and yet we do not have the arts facilities to match it.

“Over recent weeks and months the Arts sector in Newry [has] come together to lobby for real and meaningful capital investment in the sector locally.  They want to see a modern facility provided in Newry to match the thriving arts and creative industry sector locally.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A south Dublin businessman has been charged with  murdering Elaine O'Hara was in Garda (police) custody.

Detectives swooped on the married man at a house in Foxrock early that morning.

The 41-year-old father-of-two was being quizzed at Blackrock Garda Station in connection with Elaine's murder.

The 36-year-old went missing on August 22, 2012. Her remains were found over a year later by a woman walking in the Dublin Mountains.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A 32-year-old man who shouted “catch me if you can” at police after committing an assault has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service.

In the case heard at Enniskillen Magistrates Court the prosecutor explained that on August 28, 2013 at 1:30 a.m. police were called to an altercation in the Diamond area of Enniskillen outside the Crowes Nest pub.

The injured party had tried to stop the defendant Darren Comiskey, of Trasna Park, Enniskillen from assaulting another male. In doing so, Comiskey hit the injured party in the face and was subsequently arrested for common assault.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A city councilor is calling on businesses in Galway to get behind the council's free parking initiative next month by providing incentives to shoppers.

The City Council has announced it will provide free on-street parking between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday to Friday for the month of November.

Motorists parking in the city will not be required to “pay and display” between these times.

The initiative aims to help businesses in the city center during what is traditionally a quiet month.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry legend Tomas O’Se believes it won’t be until the next year that his decision to retire hits him.

At 35, O’Se called time on his magnificent 15-year inter-county career a fortnight ago, having accumulated five All-Ireland and nine Munster titles in that period.

The An Gaeltacht veteran feels he’s ready to hang up the boots at club level too, given the time commitment needed to get from his Cork base to his home club.
[Source: Irish Mirror]


A building worth$€135,000 given to a Newbridge voluntary organization two years ago could be completely lost to the community unless Kildare County Council speeds up a move to relocate it onto council land.

The 6,500 sq. ft. structure, which is a high-quality pre-fabricated building in 12 sections, was donated by Pfizer to Newbridge Community Development (N.C.D.), to provide a multi-purpose youth facility.

Initially unable to find any site on which to locate it, the organization was eventually forced to store it at the former Schloetter site in the industrial estate. Unfortunately, this land was owned by local businessman Tommy Tougher and it is now in the hands of N.A.M.A., which is seeking to dispose of it as soon as possible, meaning that the pre-fabricated building must be moved elsewhere.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Hundreds of people paid their respects to the late Rory Brady at his funeral mass at St. Canice’s Church Saturday morning, October 12.

The 26-year-old, who lived at 36 Pearse Street with his mother Ber Clowry, was found dead at his home on Thursday morning, Oct. 10.

The young man had recently started a course training to be a fitness instructor in Bagenelstown.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Laois has the highest rate of empty business properties in Leinster outside Dublin, according to a new report of vacancy rates.

The total number of vacant commercial units or premises recorded in Laois is 12.7 percent according to the third GeoView quarterly report on Commercial Vacancy Rates, published jointly by GeoDirectory and D.K.M. Economic Consultants. It examined commercial vacancy rates in 79 towns across the country.

A total of 2,782 addresses were surveyed in Laois. At 740 Portlaoise has the highest number of commercial addresses. Portarlington has 207 listed business premises while Mountmellick has 153 premises.
[Source: Leinster Express]