News from around the 32 Irish counties


The litter problem at Antrim's Railway Station is making a negative impression on visiting businessmen, Legal-Island's managing director, Barry Phillips, has said.
_ Phillips, whose business premises is located on Station Road, expressed his frustration at the problem at the level crossing and has begun using his blog to 'shame local authorities into clearing it up'.
(Source: The Antrim Guardian)   

Polling in all 18 Northern constituencies began last Thursday for the UK elections at 7am and continued until 10pm. Some 1,169,184 electors are registered and entitled to vote at 624 polling stations across Northern Ireland. After polling, the 1,512 ballot boxes were taken to eight count centers where, for the first time, counting began immediately.
(Source: The Irish Times)

Shoals of fish in the River Barrow are being “minced up” by turbines due to faulty protective grids.

 The grids are supposed to stop the young salmon, or smolts, from gaining access to the turbines, but according to local fisherman Frank Hynes, they are not working correctly, and the river’s population of smolts is being decimated as a result.

 On Friday last several huge shoals of salmon smolts became trapped at the turbines, close to the lock gates in Bagenalstown.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Hundreds of workers sat quietly in the Cavan head office of Quinn insurance the week before last as the joint administrators Michael McAteer and Paul McCann delivered the devastating news they all feared - 900 jobs are to go, including 226 in Cavan. As the number rolled off the tongue of the administrator, like a roll call, tears began to flow. Men and women wept openly and hugged each other. The land of hope in Quinn country was evaporating before their eyes.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)

It’s widely expected that Shannon Airport is about to receive a much-needed boost, as Delta Airlines are to announce that they will maintain their Shannon-New York service this winter. 
Last June, they announced they were axing it for the 2009/10 winter season, in reaction to the recession.
 However, with hope emerging that mild economic growth could be coming, they are now set to announce that they will run four Shannon-US services a week next winter.
(Source: The Clare Champion)

The former Mallow Park Hotel has drinks still standing on the bar counter three years after its closure and the local council now wants the HSE to intervene immediately to bring the owner to account and deal with what they described as a public health hazard.
(Source: The Corkman)


Police last week arrested two men in connection with dissident republican activity. A PSNI spokeswoman says both men were arrested in the north West last Thursday. "One man was arrested in Derry following two house searches and taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite. A second man, from the Strabane area, is also being questioned at Antrim," she said.
(Source: The Derry Journal)

Top names in Irish music came to Donegal last Monday to take part in a concert supporting the ongoing protest against a proposed high-power line across miles of rural Donegal.
"Don't forget why we're here," said Moya Brennan, who hosted the concert in the Meenaleck pub that her father, Leo Brennan, started. Last Monday night's SOS (Save Our Scenery) concert was held to support the ongoing campaign against plans to erect a high-power line.
 (Source: Donegal Democrat)

A new privacy case launched at the Northern Ireland High Court could have groundbreaking implications for Press freedom, it has been claimed. Lawyers disclosed the potential significance of Co Down woman Roberta Campbell's widening action against a tabloid newspaper. Ms Campbell is claiming damages for libel against the publishers of the Sunday World over an article, which also referred to Downtown Radio DJ Dougi Marshall.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)

Wealthy residents including Bono and Enya have had access to their exclusive Dublin road closed for four months due to a landslide. Residents of Vico Road, Dalkey -- known as the city's millionaires' row -- have been inconvenienced since January over the road closure. One resident's garden bank collapsed on to the road four months ago, but works to repair the mess only began last week, causing a massive inconvenience to its famous residents.
(Source: The Evening Herald)

A Massive 44% drop in the combined postal/proxy vote in Fermanagh South Tyrone may have a decisive impact on the outcome of the recent Westminster election. In what is already expected to be the most closely called contest in the North, it now seems likely that there could be no more than a handful of votes between Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew and unionist independent Rodney Connor.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)