News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Nov 3 2013


“During a recent canvass of St. Joseph’s Park for the Seanad [Senate] referendum, a lot of people were asking me about the possibility of installing extra speed ramps in the estate due to concerns regarding speeding vehicles and children safety. One woman cited an incident when a speeding van nearly hit a three-year-old child who had been playing in a front garden and somehow managed to open to outside gate,” he said.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Cookstown company has won a $1.6 million contract on an island in the South Atlantic.
And that means more jobs for the town!

T.E.S. (N.I.), which specializes in water and wastewater treatment solutions, has won business worth $1.6 million on the island of St. Helena, with assistance from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company, based in the Kilcronagh business Park, Sandholes Road, will work on the upgrading of St. Helena's existing four water treatment plants to raise drinking water quality levels for 4,000 residents on the remote volcanic island located in the South Atlantic.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A 56-year-old man was cycling home from Waterford City when about 100 meters from the Holycross pub, a young man jumped out of the ditch and knocked him to the ground.

During the incident, which happened at around 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, October 24, a struggle between both men ensued.

The youth, who was described as being was five feet, nine inches and of a stocky build, attempted to take money from injured party’s pocket during the struggle.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Leave your cigarettes and lighters behind you if you plan on entering the grounds of the Midland Regional Hospital from last Friday on: the entire campus is going smoke-free.

You can't even smoke in your car while on the grounds of the hospital, as nowhere on the hospital grounds will cigarettes be allowed – "i.e., entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, bus shelters, car parks, cars, bicycle shelters, etc.", the H.S.E. has announced.

Hospital manager, Trevor O'Callaghan, said this new policy is in keeping with the hospital's status as a health-promoting hospital.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


An Enniscorthy man who was described as a “puppet on a string” for a $1.6 million drugs operation has escaped jail.

Des Ryan (64), of Belfield Springs, and Edward Rooney (54), of Ballinacorribeg, Roundwood, County Wicklow, were both given 10-year suspended sentences after they pleaded guilty to possessing heroin and cocaine for sale or supply on April 5, 2012.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the men had been under severe financial pressure when they agreed to transport and collect a bag containing drugs from the U.K. to Ireland.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy is expected to reject calls for his resignation over the deaths of two Bray firefighters by arguing a report, commissioned by the county council into the fire in which they died, shows a lack of training did not cause the loss of life.

The report, written by Michael Slattery Associates (M.S.A.), a U.K. and Dublin-based fire safety consultancy, asserts the incorrect use of a compressed air foam system (Cafs) by the firefighters who went to the blaze in Bray on September 26, 2007, was not linked to the men’s deaths. The firefighters had not been trained in the new equipment, which was used incorrectly on the day.
[Source: Irish Times]