News from around the Irish counties


(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


Bank of Ireland is to appeal Galway City Council's decision to refuse planning permission for a redevelopment of their site in Eyre Square. The company had previously applied to the council for permission to conduct a number of revisions to the site, including reconfiguration of ground floor level comprising the demolition of existing ancillary areas to the rear of the building, minor internal alterations, and others.

(Source: Galway Independent)


Drug gangs from Cork and Limerick have dramatically increased their presence in Kerry and are forcing debt ridden addicts to either work for them and smuggle drugs, or face brutal retribution. Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard that a Killarney-based drug dealer, Robert Morley, had been forced into the trade after he became heavily indebted to a Cork based drug gang. 

(Source: The Kerryman)


At 106 years of age, Castledermot resident Statia Kealy is probably one of Ireland’s oldest living citizens. And yet, despite her wonderful age, Statia, who managed to stay single all her life, has no intention of giving up, and is still searching for that man of her dreams. Even as she happily poses for a photographer she jokingly says to him, “I hope you find me a man with that photo.” Looking remarkably well for a woman of her age, Statia puts her longevity down to the fact that she always kept her heart and has been content with what she had.

 (Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Forty jobs will be created in Kilkenny when Health Service Executive (HSE) debt collectors trying to recoup nearly €100 million in patient debts take up residence in a new collection office to be based in the city. The HSE will invest more than €2.5 million in the centralized income collection office in a bid to bring in some of the €90 million-plus it is owed by patients with private health insurance. The office is expected to create 40 jobs in Kilkenny, but it is not known whether these positions will be filled by existing HSE employees or out-sourced to a private company.

(Source: The Kilkenny People)


Union officials and management at Dawn Meats were at loggerheads last week over a redundancy package for Rathdowney workers that may end up in the Labor Court.

One hundred jobs at the Meadow Meats plant in Rathdowney are to be lost next month, as Dawn Meats has decided to amalgamate its boning operations with its plant in Grannagh in Waterford. All workers have been given the option of either redundancy packages or relocation to Waterford. SIPTU branch organizer Miriam Hamilton said agreement had been reached on the conditions of relocation, but they had failed to come to agreement for redundancy payment for workers who did not wish to move to Waterford.

(Source: The Laois Nationalist)


Concerns have been raised about the future of farming in County Leitrim with falling farm incomes, rising costs and debt burdens and an aging farmer profile. That's the message coming from farming representatives in County Leitrim following the release of the Teagasc National Farm Survey 2008 last week. IFA Regional Development Officer Adrian Leddy, said the recent survey "showed very clearly how low incomes are in Co Leitrim, particularly in the drystock cattle and sheep sectors".

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)


Nearly five kilos of cocaine valued at approximately €350,000 was seized during a garda (Irish police) raid in a new housing estate in Murroe last Tuesday night. One man was arrested following the raid. The find was the result of weeks of garda and drugs squad surveillance and house searches in the Murroe area led by Superintendant Tom Lundon, of Bruff Garda Division. "We estimate that the cocaine was valued at about €350,000, but we haven't done an analysis yet to determine its purity," Supt Lundon said. Gardai believe that the drugs were intended for distribution in Limerick city.

(Source: The Limerick Leader)


Longford has the most efficient sewage treatment system in the country, according to an upbeat report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A study of “Urban Waste Water Discharges in Ireland” between 2006 and 2007 found Longford County Council was the only local authority to have complied with the conditions of an EU urban waste water treatment directive.

(Source: The Longford Leader)


A Drogheda woman, who plotted the arson of her own home with her then boyfriend in Leeds 15 years ago, has been found dead in a house in the Yorkshire city. A man has been charged with her murder.Amanda Hartley (nee McKenna) was sentenced to five years in prison on manslaughter charges following the fire in 1994, which claimed the life of her 22month-old son, Jimmy Cunningham.