News from around the 32 Irish counties



The first full day of the General Election campaign last week was marked by further clashes between unionist parties in Northern Ireland. Despite ongoing efforts to agree a single agreed unionist candidate in Fermanagh/South Tyrone, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Ulster Unionist/Conservative Party alliance attacked each other, while the hard-line Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) hit out at both groups for their role in the power-sharing Assembly.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


A framework plan for an in-tandem redevelopment of the Ceannt Station and Harbor sites – which could open up the heart of the city to Galway Bay – is to be submitted to the City Council by April 21 next. Councilors received a joint presentation at their meeting on Monday night last, outlining the progress of CIE and the Harbor Board in relation to the two projects which are provisionally costed at €1 billion in total –– €800m for the station and €200m for the Docks.
(Source: Galway News)


Gardaí raided 31 pubs across Kerry on Good Friday in an unexpected clampdown on drinking during the 'black day' for public houses. In all gardaí carried out 96 pub inspections across Kerry over the bank holiday weekend. Almost a third of these raids were carried out on Good Friday. Punters were discovered in many of the bars, which were raided across the county and names and details were taken from all the 'found-ons'.
(Source: The Kerryman)


The multi-million-euro shopping centre in Naas town centre is not likely to open before the end of 2012. According to developers, Marshalsea Property Company, the delay is due to the amount of time taken to secure land under the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process as well as the recession. Company representative Sarah O'Farrell, however, insisted that Marshalsea remains committed to providing a "state-of-the-art shopping centre for Naas".
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

After just four days in operation, calls are mounting for the city's controversial one-way system to be abolished immediately. Both motorists and businesses have been left frustrated and annoyed at the way the 'trial' has panned out last week.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)


Ratheniska youngster Eoghan Masterson capped off a wonderful season both for him and Portlaoise Rugby Club the weekend before last as he helped the Irish U-18 side to the final of the FIRA championships in Treviso, Italy. Masterson was part of the Irish Club U-18 team which competed in the annual tournament, coming on as a substitute in the quarter final victory over Germany and then starting both the semi-final against Georgia and final against France at number eight.
(Source: The Leinster Express)


Thousands of employees and supporters of Quinn Group took to the streets last week in Dublin and Cavan town to show solidarity to Quinn Insurance following the High Court decision to appoint administrators to the company two weeks ago. It was reported to the paper that over 5,000 angry protestors marched from Buswells Hotel to the office of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Minister for Finance to hand in a letter of protest.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)


Gardai at Roxboro recovered a significant amount of heroin during searches on the south side of the city Friday before last. The drugs, which are believed to be worth around €100,000, were found in an area of open ground in the O'Malley Park estate.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)


A 32 year old County Longford man, who died in Columbia recently, has been named as David Thorne by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The young man is believed to have been backpacking in the South American country when he died. His family were informed of his passing at the beginning of last week. 
(Source: The Longford Leader)


Former Irish soccer star Gary Kelly (35) was arrested following an incident at Halpin's Terrace two weeks ago. The former Ireland and Leeds defender was one of a group of men who entered a home on the busy street. A substantial amount of damage was caused to a laptop computer and a flat screen television before paint was thrown at a wall inside the terraced house.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)


It may not quite have been the complete repatriation that Fr Patrick Lavelle aspired for around 1870 when he stole the Cross of Cong from the Royal Irish Academy with the intention of bringing it home to Cong, where he was Parish Priest. But last week the Cross of Cong was back in Mayo and by entirely legal means. Fr Colm Kilcoyne, former Parish Priest of Cong, and current Parish Priest of Cong, Fr Paddy Gilligan were both present at the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough Park for the unveiling of the priceless 12th century relic, as were a large number of people from the wider Cong area.
(Source: Mayo News)