News from around the 32 Irish counties



The average UK household had £143 a week disposable income in January 2009, two per cent lower than a year earlier, according to the latest income tracker report from ASDA.
The average UK household had £143 a week disposable income in January 2009, two per cent lower than a year earlier, according to the latest income tracker report from ASDA.
As a result the average family is now £3 a week worse off. Across the regions, the South West and Northern Ireland have taken the biggest proportional hit to discretionary income compared with a year earlier (January 08 vs January 09).
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


The State is to provide a Salthill teenager with a rare life threatening genetic disorder with 20 hours of tuition per week, the High Court heard last week.
However, the family of Blu O'Carroll Cassidy, Dalysfort Road, Salthill Galway who was born with a rare metabolic disorder known as Propionic Acidaemia (PA) which means her body cannot break down proteins, dismissed an offer from the HSE for the provision of care as inadequate.
(Source: Galway News)


Fears that the future of broadband in Kerry is far from bright are heightened by Eircom's new TV advert for its Next Generation Broadband (NGB) — in which the Kingdom is the only part of the country excluded from a satellite vision of NGB on the island.
 (Source: The Kerryman)


The owner of the controversial Kerdiffstown dump has warned that it could cost €600 million to clean up the site if it is closed down.
Tony Dean made the statement in the High Court on Friday two weeks ago during a hearing at which Mr Justice Sean Ryan granted an order temporarily closing the landfill.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more than 200 complaints have been lodged about the dump, making it the target of more complaints than any other landfill in Ireland.
The EPA was in court to ask for the injunction to be granted. The landfill is connected to one of Dublin’s largest waste firms, A1 Waste, and is run by Neiphin Trading.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

Graffiti on buses and billboards. Late-night cans of spray paint at bus stops. Underground art battles. It's all legitimate business for Kilkenny-born artist Mick Minogue.
One good thing is leading to another for Kilkenny-born artist Mick Minogue.
This year alone, he finds himself in a team that's top of the league in a European art competition, and that in turn has led to him designing ads for a Bulmers campaign that has his work displayed across Dublin.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)


Government TD Sean Fleming has accused a Government Department of "discrimination" in its provision of social welfare services in Portlaoise through a contractor.
Despite plans for a new large office to be provided in the town, the Fianna Fáil TD is not satisfied with the level of service being provided for people signing on.
Recently released figures show that there are just under 8,000 people signing on in Laois.
(Source: The Leinster Express)


Ballinamore Secondary School, Meanscoil Fatima has been the victim of a second arson attack.
An alarm was raised last Thursday, May 20 at approx 6.30am by a visitor who spotted smoke. The Ballinamore Fire Brigade was dispatched and brought the building to safety.
It is understood that the fire was caught on time by the fire service and that the smoke damage is confined to two classrooms.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)


A University of Limerick student who is in a critical condition after he jumped into a fountain on campus has been transferred to Dublin.
Cian Cleary, 22, from Kildysart, Co Clare, suffered neck injuries after he jumped into a shallow fountain in front of the Schuman building on campus early last Wednesday morning.
The incident, which took place shortly before 5am, has been described by gardai as a "tragic accident."
(Source: The Limerick Leader)


The Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois has had his letter of resignation accepted by Pope Benedict.
Bishop Colm O'Reilly, who turned 75 on January 11 and therefore automatically submitted his resignation letter to the Vatican, will remain in office until a successor has been found, which could take as long as 18 months.
(Source: The Longford Leader)


Civic-minded activists in Drogheda are beginning a campaign to have the town officially recognized as a city. If successful, the campaign would first have to persuade the Government to bestow city status on a town for the first time in the history of the State.
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend €10,000 in one day’s shopping.
Westport’s Doreen Mulroy didn’t have to be asked twice when Today FM offered her the winning prize in the Blow Me competition last Friday.
The only real condition was she could only spend €2,000 in any one shop, Today FM clearly following the old motherly advice of ‘don’t spend it all in the one shop’.
All weekend Doreen (35) and her husband James worked out what they needed and what they wanted, no doubt with some help from kids Ciara (7) and Dylan (6).
(Source: Mayo News)