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


Traffic lights, a pedestrian crossing and a new traffic management system for turning vehicles have been introduced at the busy Port Road location between the main entrance to L.Y.I.T., on one side of the road, and the new car park on the other.

Paul Hannigan, president of L.Y.I.T., said the traffic lights are being synchronized to allow for a proper traffic flow at all times, and for the safety of L.Y.I.T. staff and students.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The town of Newtownhamilton, considered to be one of the most deprived areas within Newry and Mourne, now faces what many residents claim is a further assault on their lives with proposals to build a huge wind turbine farm in the vicinity, involving up to 30 turbines in the radius of a few miles.

A spokesperson for concerned residents stated that the turbines were being positioned in an area that would totally affect the life and character of the town.  Among the windmill proposals is one forwarded by Newry and Mourne District Council to be placed at the Newtownhamilton Recycling Centre on the Newry Road.

Residents claim that the proposals will adversely affect the long tradition of agriculture in this area as well as the abundance of wildlife.  It may also affect people of the area who seek planning permission and mortgages, and will create health risks including noise pollution and sound frequency, which can have dramatic effects on the more vulnerable people within the community.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Organizers of a contentious U.S.-themed child beauty pageant revealed the secret identity of the venue for their first-ever Irish event.

The four-star Bracken Court hotel in Balbriggan, north County Dublin, hosted the Universal Royalty competition, which featured “babies, toddlers and teens,” last Saturday.

Despite the controversy surrounding the contest, the hotel's general manager Rory Keogh said he saw "absolutely no problem" with staging the competition, which over 50 Irish youngsters signed up to compete in.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The flags in the Gaol Square area of Enniskillen town center are now gone and both sides of the community are happy with the recent development. The flags, which had previously been the subject of criticism from local nationalists, were removed late Monday night, September 9.

They had been up for at least six months, with consternation first expressed back before the G8 came to town in June. Speaking to the Herald, U.U.P. local M.L.A. Tom Elliott had not been aware the flags had been removed, but when told was pleased to hear the news.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Negotiations are still underway with landowners regarding the proposed Connemara greenway.

Up to 45 landowners have already signed permissive access agreements to allow the project to go through their lands.

However, talks are still ongoing with around 40 landowners, and it's hoped this part of the process will be complete by next month.

The cycle route between Oughterard and Clifden will follow the line of the now dismantled Galway to Clifden railway.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Teenager Donal Walsh, who was posthumously named Rehab Young Person of the Year and has been hailed a hero for his grit, determination and love of life, was directly responsible for the drop in suicide rates in south Kerry in the past six months, south Kerry coroner Terence Casey has said.

Donal's parents, Fionnbar and Elma, who collected the award on Donal's behalf, told the Sunday Independent that Mr. Casey said that between Donal talking to Brendan O'Connor on R.T.É.'s “Saturday Night Show” last March until three weeks ago, there were no suicides in south Kerry.

In the past three weeks, there have been three suicides in the region, said Mr. Walsh, adding "and it's about time we put Donal's message back out there."
[Source: Irish Independent]


Athy councillor Thomas Redmind is refusing to resign his position as cathaoirleach (chairperson) of the town council following his decision to leave the Labour Party and join Sinn Féin.

He was one of two councillors in County Kildare to resign their Labour Party membership two weeks ago. Clr. Damien Molyneaux, a member of Newbridge Town Council, also tendered his resignation but has indicated he will not be joining any other party.

Both men cited their anger and disappointment at the performance of Labour in government as their reason for opting out.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A Kilkenny city building contractor died after a nail gun he was trying to fix in his workshop triggered itself and killed him, accidentally.

Joe Brennan, of 24 Stephen Street, Kilkenny, received a nail into the chest after the machine went off on Saturday afternoon, September 14, at his home. He had placed the machine on his chest to try to restart it. He died later from his injuries at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.
[Source: Kilkenny People]