News from around the Irish counties


Source: The Sligo Champion


In what has been described as an "economic tsunami", forty seven people have lost their jobs over the last six to eight months with South Tipperary County Council.

The stark financial situation, which was outlined by Co. Manager, Mr. Ned O'Connor on Monday last, has led to savings of almost 5 million euro being required for the remainder of the year. In addition to the 47 who have lost their jobs, not all of whom would have been permanent employees, 63 posts have not been filled, 16 people who could have expected to get jobs will not have the opportunity to do so and 37 students will not be given summer work.

Source: The Tipperary Star


It now looks likely that the full truth about the murder of Dungannon pensioner Roseanne Mallon will never be revealed. Fifteen years after the murder of the 76 year-old and twenty-three preliminary enquiries later the Mallon family has been informed that vital PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland) documents are still being withheld. The latest setback has prompted anger among her relatives, who have accused the government of seeking to suppress evidence of collusion between paramilitary organizations and the security forces.

Source: The Tyrone Times


A Six-Meter high piece of stainless steel sculpture depicting a bar high chair and shelf with alcohol bottles planned for the Grattan Quay area of the city caused a furore when it was informally unveiled last week. While the artist has been commissioned and the materials bought for the work, members of the City Council cried ‘foul’ declaring a bar stool and beer bottles would send out a clear message that a culture of drinking was being promoted. Incensed that they had no say in the type of work being chosen and that they were not informed about it until the end they urged the City Manager to re-think the plan. “I hate it - over my dead body,” declared Councilor Mary Roche.

Source: Waterford News & Star


“I am twelve years old, I traveled down to the River Moy in Co Mayo where I caught my first salmon of the season and while there I met the legendary Jack Charlton and have the picture to prove it.” A likely story unless your name is Dylan Ennis from Moate. Dylan and Simon Yorke had traveled to Foxford fishing and met Jack Charlton last week.

Source: The Westmeath Independent


A County Wexford branch of the SPCA is investigating a shocking report of suspected strangulation of two foxes in the Ballycanew area. The two young foxes were found dumped along the side of the road in a gateway to a field in the Coolook area of Ballycanew two weeks ago. A leather strap was found tied tightly around the neck of one of the foxes, and it is feared the second fox may also have been strangled in a similar cruel way.

Source: The Wexford People


A Wicklow mother and son were last week celebrating after they claimed the same title in their respective categories at the All Ireland Bench Press Championships recently in Tullamore. Pauline Murray and her son Johnny (17) from Windemere Avenue, Arklow, have been doing overtime training in recent months in preparation for the event. Pauline took three World Titles in Belgium for the categories of squat, deadlift and bench press. In February she successfully defended her national titles and took two overall titles and also broke the world record again. Drawing inspiration from his mother's success, Johnny took up power lifting six months ago and has already claimed two national titles and a second place finish in his first competition. Next up for the power-lifting duo are the World Single Lift Powerlifting Championships in Bradford in September. It is their ambition to overcome the odds and become world champions at the same time.

Source: The Wicklow People