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


The party selected sitting councilor and current mayor, Ger Darcy, former Councilor Tom Berkery and Nenagh Town Councilor Tom Moylan to run in the expanded Nenagh/Borrisokane/Newport area, a spread that goes from Portumna bridge in the north to Ballina bridge in the south, and takes in Newport and Cloughjordan.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Dungannon man has been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with stabbings in Cookstown two weekends ago.

Jason Spence (23), of Lakeside Gardens, Dungannon was charged with attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent.

A police officer told a court he believed it was the result of a feud between two factions in Cookstown.

The accused said the two men who had been injured were part of a group he was trying to get out of a house.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Having been under medical care following his diagnosis with a serious illness in July 201,1 the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Most Rev. Dr. William Lee, has announced his resignation.

In a statement, Bishop Lee said his illness had impacted greatly on his health and ministry.

“Recently the medical advice to me has been that, in the interests of my health, I should retire from the office of Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.  Even though I found the time since diagnosis quite demanding, I had hoped that I would be able to continue in office and looked forward to doing so. Now, my doctors have advised otherwise,” he said.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Conditions for junior doctors going through their training at the Midland Regional Hospital at Mullingar are “grueling,” a young doctor who has been through the system in Mullingar has revealed.

And what most members of the public don’t realize is that the nightmare of lengthy shifts, working weeks of up to 100 hours, and long periods without sleep or meal-breaks have to be endured for up to seven years.

But, the doctor said  how the system in Mullingar operates is no worse than in most hospitals throughout the country, which is why en masse, junior doctors voted earlier this year to strike in a bid to improve their working conditions.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Wexford County Chairman Diarmuid Devereux said the county is bitterly opposed to the proposed new formation for the 2014 National Hurling League describing it “as a blatant act of cynicism.”

With anger at the proposals growing in Wexford, Devereux has vowed to oppose this proposal taking the fight to the highest levels and calling on the support of “our friends and supporters to do so.”

“It seems as if Wexford is voiceless in Croke Park. We did not lose our Division One status, we drew with Tipperary to retain Division One hurling with our final game. At that time Croke Park decided they wanted a six-team division and we were dumped down to Divison 1B.”
[Source: Irish Times]


A new nursing home in Bray, County Wicklow is promising 120 new jobs over the next three months in nursing, administration and other roles.

Elsewhere, professional services company E.Y. is creating 80 jobs on the island of Ireland, and travel firm TripAdvisor is to create 50 jobs in Dublin.

McMahon Healthcare Group, the developer of Cairnhill Nursing Home, which opens today, said its new positions will include catering, managerial and support roles.
[Source: RTE News]