News from around the 32 Irish counties



The Mayor of Antrim has called for calm after a series of sectarian incidents over the last number of weeks. Councilor Adrian Watson said efforts by "idiots" from both sides of the community to stir up trouble had to stop before someone was seriously hurt or killed. The most serious incident happened in the early hours of Friday morning last, when a pipe bomb exploded at the home of a Catholic family in Brantwood Gardens.

Source: The Antrim Times



Sinn Fein has again emerged as Northern Ireland's wealthiest party - earning and spending more than its political opponents - the Electoral Commission said last Thursday. The party registered an income of £1,115,391 and spent £1,148,992, though the figures do not include its earnings and expenditure in the Republic. In its latest financial figures for 2008, Sinn Fein reported it earned a further 1,367,117 euro (£1,183,000) in the south.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph



Gordon Molloy has been sentenced to life in prison. Ciara Campbell’s parents have been sentenced to a life without their daughter. Over the past two weeks Micheál and Patricia Campbell have sat in the Central Criminal Court in Dublin as details of their daughter’s horrific murder at the hands of Molloy unfolded during a five-day trial. Ciara was stabbed nearly 30 times by Molloy in a frenzied attack induced by wild jealousy and drink on the morning of 12 November, 2007 at her home in Ardmore Gardens, Carlow. Molloy killed Ciara because she had ended their relationship and he became enraged after she told him she was seeing someone else.

Source: The Carlow Nationalist



Some 600 people employed by Cavan County Council have reached agreed with management to waive payment for overtime in an effort to secure their jobs. The move has meant that no permanent council staff will lose their jobs or be put on three-day weeks. The revelation by the County Manager, Jack Keyes follows reports that Cavan County Council has one of the lowest debt levels of local authorities throughout the country at just €23m.

Source: The Anglo Celt



The actions of dozens of US troops who ‘gate-crashed’ a wedding in Clare two weeks ago, have been criticized by a leading anti-war campaigner who has described the matter as another clear breach of Irish neutrality. The incident occurred at the Clare Inn Hotel near Newmarket-on-Fergus where almost 300 troops stayed for two nights after the aircraft on which they were traveling to Iraq was grounded at Shannon Airport by technical problems. After wandering into the function room where the wedding reception was being hosted, they were allowed to stay and enjoy the festivities despite the best efforts of their commanding officer to remove them from the hall.

Source: The Clare People



A well-established Mallow businessman has been accused of not paying into staff pensions along with a number of other complaints. The former staff at Barry's Menswear in Mallow town are claiming that Tom Barry did not make recent payments into his staff's pension scheme. The disgruntled former staff of the clothes shop brought their grievances onto the streets when they mounted a picket outside the now closed Barry's Menswear on Davis Street recently Aside from the issue regarding pensions, the staff also claim that Mr Barry has not given them their final week's wages or an RP50 form necessary to claim redundancy entitlements.

Source: The Corkman



A court was told last week that £2,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis was found in a flat after a cup of coffee was thrown at members of a police vehicle checkpoint. The cup of coffee was thrown from a second floor flat in Meadowbank Court at police officers on checkpoint at Strand Road. As a result of the incident, 23 years old Jonathan Coup, of Meadownbank Court, appeared in court last week. He denies possessing cocaine and cannabis and denies possessing the drugs with intent to supply them. He told police that the white powder found in his flat was not cocaine but a substance used in bodybuilding.

 Source: The Derry Journal



Plans for a one hundred million housing developments and a new high quality country style hotel on a 40-acre site adjoining Letterkenny Town Park has been lodged with the local planning authority. The development will transform the grounds of Gortlee House in the heart of Letterkenny to accommodate an extension to the town park and to provide for new townhouses, apartments, hotel, restaurant and public house. The project is the vision of the Robinson family who have owned and managed Gortlee House since the 1880's.

Source: Donegal News



The family of a young Newry man who remains on a life support machine in a Crete hospital after being critically injured in a road accident has made a heartfelt appeal for help in bringing him home. Glenn McFerran, 25, suffered serious head and chest injuries when the moped he was sharing with a young Belfast woman was struck by a car on the Greek holiday island on July 17. The woman, who was riding the bike, was also badly injured in the collision.