News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Sept 29 2013



An increase in reports of cracked and split black bins, amid complaints from ratepayers that Antrim Borough Council bin machinery is allegedly causing some of the damage, has prompted council officers to review their policy on replacement black bins.

Alliance Councilor Neil Kelly said that he had been contacted by a number of residents who claimed that their black bins had been split by council lorries.

A council officer explained that at present, if a black bin is less than five years old and is damaged, the council will replace it free of charge. If older than five years, however, the owner will be charged $64 for another bin.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The inquest into the death in custody of Shane Rogers, the man who murdered Crossmaglen Rangers G.A.A. star, James Hughes, was adjourned for three months.

Rogers (32), from Inniskeen in County Monaghan, hung himself in a holding cell at Cloverhill Courthouse in Dublin, after being held there for the murder of the Crossmaglen Rangers captain nine days earlier.

Rogers blasted Mr. Hughes to death after firing a double-barreled shotgun into the taxi that contained he and Rogers’ ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Patricia Byrne.  The man targeted the pair outside her home in a Dundalk housing estate in the early hours of December 11.  The father of three young children sustained fatal gunshot wounds to the neck and upper body, while Ms. Byrne suffered facial injuries. The killing sent shockwaves through the local community of Crossmaglen where Mr. Hughes was a popular and well-known figure.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A radical recasting of European Parliament constituencies will be made in advance of next year’s election after a report from an independent Constituencies Committee.

The committee’s recommendation must be approved by the Oireachtas (National Parliament), but this is seen as a foregone conclusion.

Dublin will remain a three-seat in the new dispensation, comprising the local administrative areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin and the city of Dublin.

A new four-seat constituency, to be known as Midlands-North-West, will comprise counties: Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath; and Galway city.

A new four-seat “South” constituency will comprise: Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow; and the cities of Cork, Limerick and Waterford.
[Source: Irish Times]


Following a year of good progress on the playing fields by Cavan footballers, there was further delight in the county last week with the news that Aogan Farrell, former president of the Ulster Council has got the green light from Cavan County Board to run for president of the G.A.A.

He was nominated by the chairman of the Drumgoon club, Eugene McCabe, and was seconded by the chairman of Cootehill Celtic, Larry McCluskey, at a meeting of the county board in the Hotel Kilmore last Monday night.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Police in the Republic of Ireland have seized guns and several hundred rounds of ammunition in an operation linked to dissident republicans.

The haul, which also includes explosive components and papers, was found by police in Glenagross Wood, Meelick, County Clare.

The army was called to the scene on Friday evening, September 20.
[Source: BBC News]


A man in his 20s has been killed in a road accident in north Cork last Tuesday morning. The collision happened between a car and a truck at about 11.30 a.m. at the Parkanna Cross Road and Davis Cross on the Blarney to Bweeng Road.

The man, who was driving the car, was pronounced dead after being fatally injured in the crash, while it is believed that the driver of the truck was uninjured but was treated for shock at the scene.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A Newbuildings man has been acquitted of raping and sexually assaulting a woman on Derry’s Walls in February 2012.

A jury at Derry Crown Court took one hour and 45 minutes to find Jamie Curry of Goshaden Road not guilty on all charges relating to an incident in the early hours of February 18, 2012.

Curry had been facing a total of four charges – including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault.

The 22-year-old’s trial began at Derry Crown Court on Wednesday, September 18 – and during the course of the week -long proceedings, the unemployed man admitted that he had indeed had sexual contact with the claimant but maintained throughout his trial that all actions on the night in question had been “entirely consensual.”
[Source: Derry Journal]