News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of October 7th



Homeowners are being warned to ensure their properties are safely secured as Gardaí (police) last week investigated the latest series of break-ins to hit the county, writes Liam Cosgrove.

One incident, which they are particularly keen to solve, concerns the theft of several jewelry items from a house at Vickerstown in Ballymahon two weekends ago.

Like many similar cases of domestic burglaries, the house was unoccupied at the time.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A state-of-the-art seven-screen cinema planned for the Dundalk Retail Park has been welcomed by a local councilor and cinema goers.

The cinema is being planned at the units formally occupied by Harvey Norman, who ceased trading at the retail park during the summer.

David Carson, the manager and receiver over Finnabair Estates Limited, who are in receivership, has submitted planning application to the Dundalk Town Council to covert the three units from a retail warehouse to the cinema.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A farmer fears for his livelihood after becoming caught up in a legal mess involving two arms of the state – Mayo County Council and the Department of the Environment – over a causeway leading to an island in Clew Bay.

A number of years ago, Mayo County Council carried out improvement works on a causeway leading to Islandtaggert, a scenic island over 32 acres in size just off the mainland near Carrowholly, Westport. The works included raising the causeway and securing it with boulders. However, the council did not have a foreshore license to carry out the works, and it has now been ordered to reduce the causeway to the size it was before the improvements were made.

The matter was due before the high court, but Mayo County Council settled with the minister for Environment, Community and Local Government and the attorney general on January 22. The settlement dictating a reversal of works was published by the council on July 2.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Work on the new emergency department at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, is due to start this month and is expected to be completed next summer.

The H.S.E. has confirmed that tenders for the new facility are currently under consideration and it is intended that works will commence in October.

The new E.D. will be developed on the site of the existing department, which will be temporarily relocated within the hospital, while work is underway.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


A 29-year-old man was stabbed to death in Cootehill, County Cavan Sunday, September 29.

The dead man was found by Gardaí (police) in the kitchen of a three-bedroom, two-story, semi-detached house at Lodge View estate in Cootehill at 1:05 a.m.

He has been named locally as Emmet Connolly (29), of Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan.  Another 29-year-old man, a father-of-three originally from Dublin, was arrested that morning and is being questioned by Gardaí in Bailieboro Garda Station in Co. Cavan in connection to the stabbing  under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act  1984.
[Source: Irish Independent]


House price in Offaly in Q3 2013 were seven percent lower than a year previously, compared to a fall of 16 percent seen a year ago. The average house price is now $169,000, 58 percent below peak levels.

Prices in Dublin for the third quarter of the year however were up 7.7 percent compared to the same period in 2012, whilst outside of the capital prices fell by 6.7 percent leaving Offaly at about the average figure.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The West North West Hospitals Group is facing an expected budget deficit of $33 million by the end of this year.

The group comprises Galway University Hospitals (U.H.G. and Merlin Park), Portiuncula, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Letterkenny hospitals.

A meeting of the H.S.E. West’s regional health forum was told recently that significant reductions in spending had been achieved in the period up to the end of August. Nursing agency costs had been reduced by €0.8 million while overtime costs had been slashed by $1.6 million.
[Source: Galway Advertiser]


The number of online students at I.T. Sligo continues to increase, with 15 percent more in the last year alone, 6,000 signed up this month.

Students all over the world are studying degrees and certificates. I.T. Sligo is a national leader in online learning, as they were the first to deliver a M.O.O.C. (Massive Open Online Course) this year.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Fine Gael would appear to have left itself in a bit of a dilemma for next year’s local elections following the decision by party headquarters to instruct the local organization to select only three candidates for the new Nenagh Municipal Area at its selection convention last Monday, and the decision by sitting Councilor Phyll Bugler to withdraw from the race.