News from around the Irish counties


(Source: The Drogheda Independent)


A 29-year-old man appeared at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court last Thursday charged with the murder of his mother. Seamus Marrinan of Blackfort, Castlebar appeared before Judge Mary Devins charged with the murder of his 61-year-old mother, Carmel Marrinan at their home in Blackfort, Castlebar.

(Source: The Mayo News)


Trim is quickly gaining a reputation as the home of satire in Ireland following the huge success of the second Trim Swift Festival that took place in the town the weekend before last. Festival chairperson Barbara Nestor said she was delighted with the growth of the festival since last year and said that a lot more people had attended the free events and feedback to this year had been great. She added that a lot of people from Dublin had attended, showing that the festival is growing outside the local area and attracting people from outside the county.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


County Monaghan is set to get a huge funding boost of almost €140,000 from two major schemes. This news was revealed at a meeting of Monaghan County Council on Monday last, and welcomed by Mayor of Co Monaghan Heather Humphreys. Community Development Fund for 2009 is to benefit 63 applicants with a combined total of over €72,000. Funding to the value of €66,000 for a further ten projects will also increase under the Conservation Grants Scheme for protected structures. The grants will provide assistance to owners of protected historic buildings for the repair and conservation of their properties.

(Source: The Monaghan Post)


Leading contract sterilization provider, Isotron, has just completed its new electron beam sterilization facility in Tullamore. An Taoiseach Brian Cowen officially opened the new facility, which cost €8.5m, last Monday. Isotron, which began its Tullamore operation in 1994, sterilizes approximately 60 percent of all medical device products manufactured in Ireland, with the remaining 40 percent processed by companies in house or at offshore sterilization facilities. “Isotron started with 15 employees. Today, it employs 76 people in Tullamore and 11 in Westport; and the Tullamore site is positioned to be one of the world’s largest sterilization centers. As our only sterilization provider, Isotron is of key infrastructural importance in attracting Medical Technology companies to Ireland,” said Cowen.

(Source: The Offaly Independent)


Planning permission was granted for 78 new dwellings and 26 other premises in County Roscommon in the first quarter of this year. Planning permission was also granted for 36 extensions and eight alteration projects, giving a total of 148. The new projects represent a total of 36,000 square meters. Nationally, planning permission was granted for 10,256 houses in the first quarter of 2009, compared to 13,301 in the first quarter of 2008, a decrease of 22.9 percent.

(Source: The Roscommon People)


In what has been described a "dire" financial situation, Sligo County Council is facing an overall budget deficit of €2 million this year. Concern has been expressed that this will lead to further job losses or the introduction of a short-time week for some workers, though officials have stressed that there are no immediate plans to do so, with a ' day to day review' taking place. The revelation came at last Monday's monthly meeting at County Hall, where it emerged that the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has reduced further the Council's General Purpose Grant by €565,210, or 3.22 percent as a result of the recent Supplementary Budget.

(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 County Manager, Ned O'Connor on Monday last, has led to savings of almost 5 million euro being required for the remainder of the year.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)


A local police chief has pledged to help Killen residents who wish to set up a community organization aimed at tackling anti-social behavior in the area. Dungannon based PSNI Inspector, Stephen Moneypenny, said he would be “more than happy” to meet with people living there and hear their concerns. Inspector Moneypenny was responding to a number of reports about criminal damage and burglary, among other incidents, which have been carried in this newspaper over recent months.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)


Ownership of handguns by individuals is to be severely restricted and those already in possession of guns will have to reapply to keep their weapons thanks to Waterford’s Deputy John Deasy. The Criminal Justice Miscellaneous Bill, which is expected to be signed into law next week, will also mean that the ultimate discretion over licensing will lie with the Garda Commissioner and anyone maintaining their license will be required to become a member of a registered target shooting club.