News from around the 32 Irish counties



The outraged Mayor of Antrim has challenged top brass of the Northern Trust to join him at the A&E Department of the Area Hospital on a Saturday night so they can see for themselves the 'horrific strain' already put on staff.

Adrian Watson made the ultimatum just hours after the Trust confirmed that casualty services at neighboring Whiteabbey and Mid-Ulster were to be slashed.

The scale of the problems that may lie ahead was underlined on Sunday night last, when 18 patients were left languishing on trolleys at Antrim A&E - some for 12 hours or more.
(Source: The Antrim Guardian)   


More than 150 solar energy jobs will be created by a multimillion-pound investment from a Co Armagh company.

Kingspan Renewables’ products include solar panels and solar water heating systems.

NI enterprise minister Arlene Foster said the jobs boost was part of a £47 million expansion at the Portadown firm.

She said: “The solar products now being manufactured in Portadown are some of the most technologically advanced in the world.
(Source: The Irish Times)


Prostitutes are selling sex from a network of brothels in the heart of Carlow Town. 
The women are advertised on various websites and as recently as last Monday two of them were available for sex within ten minutes.
After investigations, four premises in the centre of Carlow town have been identified as working brothels with other venues also being used by the sex workers when required.
The sex dens are located at an apartment on Castle Street, apartments on Centaur Street and Bridewell Lane, and on Pollerton Road, close to Shamrock Square.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Tickets are selling well for Ireland's biggest ever tribute festival, ShamRock at Cavan Equestrian Centre, with 40% of those sold so far being to festival-goers from outside the county according to organizers.
Swellan native festival founder, Brian Greenan, said that ShamRock has gained national and international exposure on radio stations including Today FM and 2FM.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


More than five years after Emer O’Loughlin’s body was found in a burnt-out caravan on the Clare/Galway border, gardaí (police) last week confirmed the young artist was murdered.
Emer’s remains were found on April 8, 2005 in the caravan in a field at Ballybornough near Tubber and since then, gardaí in Gort have been investigating her death.

A murder investigation is now underway. The breakthrough came last Wednesday when the body of the 23-year-old North Clare woman was exhumed and brought to Galway University Hospital. There, following an examination and tests by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis and forensic anthropologist Dr Lorraine Buckley, gardaí confirmed that Emer was murdered.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


Thank God for the ombudsman — these were the words of Judge Michael Pattwell on hearing that a concerned citizen who failed to get an "active response" from Mallow Town Council went a step further and contacted the ombudsman.
(Source: The Corkman)


He's fooled a Sky news team, signed autographs for adoring fans and mixed in the world of celebrities.
And now Fabio Capello lookalike Michael McElhinney has backed Derry's bid to become the City of Culture 2013.
There's no doubt that Derry-born Michael is the spitting image of England football manager Fabio Capello.
And, as the World Cup draws closer, Michael, aka Fabio, has given Derry the thumbs-up in its city of culture bid.
(Source: The Derry Journal)


Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore is predicting that his party will win two seats in Donegal in the next general election.
Speaking in Dublin at the Donegal Live event, which he attended in the company of the party's newest member, Cllr Jimmy Harte, Gilmore said he sensed a "huge mood for change within Donegal" and with strong candidates in both constituencies, he believed Labour can win two seats here.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A nurse found strangled to death in her bath was in a relationship with a man 25 years younger than her, the High Court has heard.
Pauline Haveron (53) began seeing her son's friend Andrew Jones after he briefly went out with her daughter, a judge was told.
(Source: (The Belfast Telegraph)


Wedding bells are set to ring around Leinster House after two sitting politicians became engaged.
Well-known Dublin TD Lucinda Creighton is to marry her Fine Gael partner in politics and love Senator Paul Bradford from Cork East.
The pair is set to steal the title of the Oireachtas' golden couple from their party colleagues Olwyn Enright and Joe McHugh, who walked down the aisle in 2005 and had their first child last November.
Ms Creighton (30) is said to be extremely happy about the engagement although it is unclear whether a date has been set for the big day.
She is one of Fine Gael's big hopes for the future having commanded a significant electoral victory in Dublin South East on her first attempt three years ago.
(Source: The Evening Herald)