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


“This amounts to a disgraceful attack on older people. These are people who have worked for decades, paid their taxes and made a significant contribution to society and the economy. And now in their older years they are seeing vital supports taken from them,” said Deputy Cowen.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran has warned that the black-card regulation due to come into force next year will wreak havoc on club football across the country.

The St. Brigid's stopper, who was part of the side that brought the All-Ireland club title back to Kiltoom last year, believes smaller clubs simply won't have the numbers to replace players sent off on a black card.

"For the weaker clubs, it's difficult," he said. "A lot of people hedge their bets, but the black card is a ridiculous rule, it's going to be proven that way.”
[Source: Irish Independent]


An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, T.D., visited I.T. Sligo two weeks ago and witnessed progress underway in a $48 million capital development program.

The final stage of the five-year building program, which is changing the face of I.T. Sligo, is culminating with the new $25 million three story (4,300 sq. meters) science facility that is currently under construction and is due to be completed next June.

The transformation of the original 1970s building on the campus, which has undergone radical expansion in the last number of years, also includes a modern 600-seat restaurant facility for staff and students.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Billy Noble (39), from Ballybeg in Littleton, has won the Natural Bodybuilding Federation of Ireland championship final in the over-80 kg. class and now goes forward to represent Ireland at the U.I.B.B.N. World Championships in Paris on November 16. There, Billy will be joined by the winners of the other weight classes following the championship finals in Carrigtwohill, Cork on October 5.

Billy started weight training at the Powerhouse gym at the age of 27 and it was only in the past year when he took it really seriously, with the thought of entering a bodybuilding competition lingering in his mind.

A friend who completed a personal training course with Billy sent him a link of an up-coming event, which was to be the first-ever natural competition in Ireland run by the N.B.F.I. (Natural Bodybuilding Federation of Ireland).
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A stretch of road in Dungannon has been branded the area's "worst accident black-spot" after five accidents in the last 18 months.

In one of the worst incidents, a car traveled some distance on its roof before coming to rest in a resident's garden, it has been claimed.

According to Fermanagh and South Tyrone M.L.A., Lord Maurice Morrow, it is only by "pure good fortune" that no one has been killed on the stretch of Bush Road at Lisnaclin.

Speaking to the Courier, he said: "There have been five accidents in the last 18 months on the same stretch of Bush Road at Lisnaclin, two of which were just few weeks apart.

“A householder had just replaced his front fence following a previous collision when it was again destroyed by the second crash.”
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A Waterford man has avoided jail after he stole more than $11,000 from his former employers.

John Kiely (48) was given a two-year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after he admitted overpaying himself while working as a project manager at Dolphin House Community Development Association.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


“If you are unemployed, now is the time to consider setting up your own business following the positive supports announced in the budget.”

That is the advice Dan Grehan, manager of the Westmeath Community Development Business Development Programme, is offering.

The Start Your Own Business Scheme (S.Y.O.B.) is a measure being introduced to encourage individuals who are long-term unemployed to start their own unincorporated businesses. A two-year exemption from income tax to a maximum of $55,000 per annum is being provided for individuals who have been unemployed for at least 15 months prior to starting their own businesses.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Enough was enough at Wexford General Hospital last Tuesday, October 15, when a number of junior doctors joined their 3,000 colleagues nationwide by walking out on strike.

Following failed negotiations with the H.S.E. in the Labour Relations Court, a group of non-consultant hospital doctors formed a picket outside the grounds of the hospital.

The union representing the group, the Irish Medical Organisation, organized the day of action against the H.S.E. in protest at the “dangerously long hours,” which these doctors are expected to work.
[Source: Wexford Echo]