News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Sept 22 2013



South Antrim U.U.P. M.L.A., Danny Kinahan, has described changes to how individual school budgets are calculated each year as an “attack on schools.”

He said the latest announcement that huge numbers of schools would be receiving less money following a revision to the Common Funding Scheme would have a “devastating impact.”

He said: "Using this year's figures as a benchmark it is clear that when the changes are brought in from next April the cuts will be severe.”
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Crossmaglen Councilor Terry Hearty has been appointed by his Sinn Fein colleagues on Newry, Mourne and Down District Councils to represent them on a finance working group that will oversee the amalgamation of the two councils’ finances as part of the Review of Public Administration (R.P.A.).

Following his appointment, Councilor Hearty said he intends make every effort to ensure the amalgamation puts as little burden on the ratepayer as possible.

“This is a huge task so there is a lot of work to be done to get a full picture of the finances of both councils,” he said.

“It’s imperative that this task is carried out with the greatest attention to detail, especially when you consider that issues like fixed assets, outstanding loans and the capital spend over the next few years will dictate future rates.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Carlow’s classrooms are among the most overcrowded in the country.

According to figures released two weeks ago, a quarter of Carlow’s primary school pupils are squeezed into “supersized” classes of over 30 children or more, while a whopping 90 percent of Carlow pupils have to struggle in classes that are greater than the E.U. average.

The alarming figures have prompted the teachers’ union in County Carlow to call on the government to stop slashing funding for our schools.

“Teachers are not surprised at the figures; they have been working under those circumstances for a long time,” stated Joe McKeown, I.N.T.O. executive for Carlow/Kilkenny.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Killeshandra has a wonderful new home for community activities after a stunning new center opened two weekends ago. The town’s vibrant spirit was in evidence on Saturday evening, September 14, as hundreds of people rushed through the doors upon the cutting of the tape to take in the full glory of the fabulous hall.

The impressive $540,000 complex is testimony to the hard work put in by many people to ensure this new facility became a reality.

The official opening and cutting of the tape was performed by 92-year-old Francis Magarahan and four-year-old Lauren Nulty.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Clare County Council is a finalist in the 10th annual Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (C.P.D.) Employer of the Year Awards for 2013-14.

Clare County Council, which has a long and successful record of C.P.D., has been shortlisted for its achievements in using in-house expertise, local knowledge and innovation to develop the Clare County Flood Forecasting System (C.C.F.F.S.).
[Source: Clare Champion]


A Cork woman was overjoyed when she recently met the sister and brothers she never knew she had, bringing an end to a search for her parents she began in February 2011.

In August this year, Mary O’Callaghan-Hallissey finally met her siblings for the first time in Cork. The Macroom woman first spoke to her sister in January, revealing her existence to her family for the first time.

Mary was adopted by a couple in Macroom many years ago after her mother came back from London to put her up for adoption in Cork. Unfortunately she never got to meet her birth mother and father as they died in 2012, after Mary had started her search for them.

Due to confidentiality issues, she was not able to track them down before they died.
[Source: Cork Independent]


Darron Gibson insists he is ready to end his self-imposed international exile following the departure of former Republic of Ireland boss, Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Everton midfielder has claimed his year-long exile was solely down to his ongoing problems with the Italian who refused to play him during the Republic’s Euro 2012 campaign in Poland.

Gibson was an unused substitute for Ireland’s three group games, but the Hazelbank native claims that Trapattoni had an issue with him long before the European campaign got underway.

“I do regret not playing but I was so angry that I didn’t get on the pitch for even a second at the Euros,” said Gibson.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A new car-park for the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (L.Y.I.T.) was officially opened last Monday, providing more than 220 parking spaces for L.Y.I.T. students, faculty, staff and visitors.