News from around the 32 Irish counties


(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


University Hospital Galway (UHG) had the longest surgical waiting list in the country last year, according to the annual report of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF). Almost 2,300 patients were waiting more than three months for treatment at the city hospital at the end of 2009, while 368 were awaiting surgery at Merlin Park Hospital at the same time.

(Source: Galway News)


A Brave angler put his life on the line when he leapt into the river Feale in Listowel on Sunday before last to rescue an elderly woman who had fallen in and was close to drowning. Despite being unable to swim, Mikey Loughnane didn't hesitate when he heard a passerby raising the alarm at around 4pm. An experienced angler with a good knowledge of the river, he raced to the bank and leapt in without a moment's hesitation.

(Source: The Kerryman)


Athy students must go through a lottery system to get a place at the local Árdscoil na Tríonóide because demand exceeds the places available. 

So many students are applying to attend the secondary school, which opened three years ago, that the board of management approved a new lottery system. The school was built to hold 800 and there are 820 students.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



Kilkenny County Council needs to come up with 17 million euro  to complete upgrades of the county's water and sewerage schemes over the next three years. The total cost of these works in the Water Services Investment Program is 60 million euro, and under current policy the Government funds about two-thirds of the cost. The council has asked for the Department of the Environment to pay the remainder of the cost as well, and is waiting for an answer in the coming weeks.

(Source: The Kilkenny People)



A Camross bus operator who spotted a business opportunity during the recent airplane flight ban because of the Icelandic volcanic ash fallout travelled over 3,300 miles to get 115 people home from Spain.

 Gerry Wallace, who has been driving buses for over 40 years and operates golf tours to mainland Europe, was contacted by one of his customers asking if he could he arrange to pick up 115 people left stranded in southern Spain because of the airplane lockdown, and he did.

(Source: The Leinster Express)



A couple in their 80s were traumatized after two men broke into their home near Dromahair in the early hours of last Sunday morning last. Gardai in Manorhamilton are investigating the break-in at a private residence in the townland of Sliganagh, Dromahair on the Ballintogher road at approximately, 12.20am on Sunday morning last, April 25.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



Fine Gael TD Kieran O'Donnell has said every effort must be made to save jobs at the Irish Cement factory in Limerick, after it emerged last Friday that the company is planning a major restructuring, leading to the loss of 70 jobs in Mungret. The company has met with the group of unions representing workers at the Limerick plant and a second factory in Meath.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)



Two seats for Labour in Longford-Westmeath at the next General Election was the clear aim of the party at their unveiling of independent Cllr Mae Sexton as their latest recruit. Party leader Eamon Gilmore, and Cllr Sexton's future running-mate, Deputy Willie Penrose, were in Backstage Theatre's Atrium Gallery to welcome their newest member to the fold, as they seek to become the country's largest political party in the 31st Dáil Eireann.

(Source: The Longford Leader)



An €800,000 fire engine has been sitting idle at the Rathmullen Road station since its delivery in January because of a training row between Louth Local Authorities and fire fighting staff. Described as ' one of a kind' in Ireland, the Iveco Magirus state-of-the-art tender has been parked at the rear of the station while crews have been using some vehicles up to 10 years old.

(Source: The Irish Times)


Indigenous companies in the Erris region need to be supported in order for them to grow and create employment, according to a local councilor, after confirmation last Friday that 70 jobs will be lost in the area. Monaghan Mushrooms, which is based on a farm in Belmullet, employing 70 people, confirmed that it is to close its plant later this summer and relocate back to Monaghan. While the workers are mostly foreign nationals, the majority are expected to leave the area to work in other Monaghan Mushroom plants, and this is expected to have a negative impact on the local economy.

(Source: Mayo News)


The M3 motorway is due to open on Friday 4th June, according to the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey, who toured the route of the almost completed motorway on Friday morning last, accompanied by local public representatives. The M3 Clonee to North of Kells is approximately 63km long, made up of 49km of motorway from Clonee to Kells, 10km of dual carriageway from Kells to Carnaross, north of Kells; 3.8km of two-lane single carriageway on the N52 Kells bypass and 15km of link roads, both single and dual carriageway.