News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of August 18 2013


A County Meath man has been extradited to Australia to face charges over a 2007 car crash in Perth in which two people were killed.

Eamonn Driver (31), from Slane, appeared before Perth Magistrates Court last Thursday, charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

Colm Reilly, from Slane, and Kiara Duncan, from Kentstown, Navan, both aged in their early 20s, died in the crash in the Perth suburb of Bedford on October 31, 2007.

Australian police allege Driver lost control of the car on Halloween night. The small hatchback careened across the median strip, flipped onto its roof and collided with an oncoming car being driven by a 63-year-old woman, who escaped the crash without serious injury.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A man (21) died when his vehicle hit a tree in County Monaghan last Monday morning.

The single-vehicle incident occurred on the N54 at Aghnamallagh, Smithborough, at about 9:30 a.m.

The vehicle involved had been traveling from Monaghan Town towards Smithborough at the time.

The driver, the sole occupant, was brought to Cavan General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
[Source: Irish Times]


Gardaí (police) have recovered a firearm and quantity of ammunition during a search operation in County Offaly on August 15.

The searches were carried out by Gardaí from Tullamore investigating criminal activity in the area. A sawn-off shotgun and a quantity of ammunition were recovered when Gardaí searched a graveyard. An examination of the scene is ongoing and no arrests have been made to date.

The investigation is ongoing.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Senior mental health service managers in County Galway have sought an “urgent external review” of a decision by the H.S.E., the Health Service Executive, to abandon use of a recently refurbished $3.7 million unit in Ballinasloe in favor of an older facility in Roscommon.

The H.S.E. has confirmed that the national director of Mental Health Services, Dr. Stephen Mulvany, has received a letter, which will be responded to in “due course.”

The refurbished 22-bed unit at St. Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe was due to have been handed over for use two Fridays ago.
[Source: Irish Times]


A group of children on a sailing course in Sligo Bay were rescued by the Sligo Bay R.N.L.I last Monday afternoon after their boats were caught unexpectedly in a swell.

The children and their instructors were in five small sailing dinghies when the swell caught them.

Two of the boats were capsized but one made it ashore.

The instructors from Sligo Yacht Club called for assistance immediately and were complimented for the actions by rescue personnel.
[Source: RTE News]


Ham radio enthusiasts convened in Loop Head lighthouse in County Clare last week to connect with fellow enthusiasts based at hundreds of lighthouses and lightships around the world.

The Limerick Radio Club, comprising members from Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Tipperary, broadcasted non-stop for 48 hours from the west Clare lighthouse on August 17 and 18 as part of the 16th International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend.

During the broadcast, visitors to the lighthouse were able to listen into communications with some of the other participating ham radio operators broadcasting from 400 other lighthouses and lightships in 50 countries.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Fermanagh and South Tyrone M.L.A. and member of the Stormont Environment Committee has described the increasing number of wind turbines in local countryside as "concerning."

Tom Elliott M.L.A. said he observed the "intensification" of wind turbine development when he saw a map at Omagh Planning Office with dots representing every turbine applied for, approved or refused, adding, "It does make pretty concerning reading and viewing."

Mr. Elliott's comments come amid increasing alarm at the scale of wind turbine development.

In the last five years, the number of planning approvals for wind turbines and wind farms in Dungannon has increased eight-fold. Permission was granted for 41 wind turbines or farms in the year 2012/13 in the Dungannon borough – that's up from five in 2008/09.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A bank-appointed receiver is entitled to orders for possession of a corner shop in Waterford City, the president of the High Court has ruled.

Anthony and Anne Elliott, who own and operate the mini-market at Griffith Place, Waterford, had pleaded with the court not to grant possession to receiver John Coulston of R.S.M. Farrell Grant Sparks of either the shop or an apartment they own.

Mr. Elliott said he and his wife would be “left without a livelihood and have no means of income” if they had to hand over the shop and claimed the receivers had acted in an underhand and intimidating manner towards them.