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“It’s a danger with falling stones. Since the volunteers have cleaned it up there is an amount of people who have come back to visit their own graves and are taking care of their graves, which wasn’t done for years,” said Cllr Eddie Wade, who called for additional funding to reinstate the building to make it safe.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Meanwhile Gardai last week were investigating over half dozen burglaries in the Longford town area after a crime fuelled past seven days.

The first incident took place at around 11am at Dobson Jewelers on Longford town’s Dublin Street. According to officers heading up the inquiry, a man walked into the store before distracting a member of staff and making off with a €400 chain.

A man was later arrested in connection with the incident and a file is likely to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of the probe.

Gardai meanwhile, said last Monday they were hopeful of making significant progress into the circumstances surrounding three separate shoplifting offences in Longford town over the course of the previous Friday and Saturday.

Department store Heaton’s, located along the town’s busy Ballymahon Street was first to be hit.

ardai have so far, managed to identify three suspected shoplifters who walked out of the premises with three pairs of trousers during the raid which lasted only a couple of minutes last Friday afternoon at around 3:15pm.

Around two hours later, British retailer Halford’s also fell foul to a case of shoplifting after a 55 piece tool set was snatched from its shelves.

The following morning at around 11:15am, a number of items were likewise taken from Ward’s Pharmacy in Longford town.

Meanwhile, a number of domestic goods were taken from two private households in the Ardnacassa Avenue area over the course of last Saturday and Sunday.

It’s believed the incidents, which occurred at around midday, may be linked with the total haul stolen from both houses rumored to be in the region of €900.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A man has been arrested by gardaí investigating a murder in Co Louth last year.

Séamus McMahon (41) was shot dead at a property at Bóthar Chroinn, Dundalk, Co Louth, on March 21st.

He died over what was believed to be a personal matter but his death was at the time linked to dissident activity. He was previously charged with being a member of the IRA although he was later acquitted at the Special Criminal Court.

A 30-year-old man was arrested in Drogheda and is being detained at Drogheda Garda Station under the provisions of section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

He is the third person to be arrested in connection with the investigation.
(Source: Irish Times)


A Mayo company which distributes storage technology and have annual sales of €145 million have just acquired Yorkshire based, CCI Distribution.

The landmark deal has ensured that CMS Peripherals in Kiltimagh are now the biggest independent data storage distributor in Britain and Ireland. Despite the recession founder and managing director Frank Salmon said the firm have enjoyed consistent revenue growth of between 9 and 10 per cent over the last three years.

Mr Salmon said he believes it is a ‘fairly resilient sector’ and he said he believes the fact that people are now more likely to be at home due to the difficult economic climate meant there was a greater chance that they would be ‘downloading more stuff’.

“We saw a great opportunity to buy a like-minded, successful distribution business that would offer our customers a broader range of storage solutions”. He added. “The acquisition will also support our three-year business objective of 20 per cent annual growth that would take us to turnover of €250 million.”

CMS Peripherals distribute a wide range of products in the consumer storage and business market. Large retailers and resellers are prominent buyers of their products.
(Source: The Mayo News)


The red hot issue of a possible charge for the inspection of septic tanks in rural areas of Meath will hit more than 18,000 households in Meath, it has emerged this week as voices of opposition are raised against the proposal.

A total of 18,231 households with septic tanks out of a total of 53,575 homes throughout Meath would be in the front line for the charge if it goes ahead, based on figures from the 2006 Census of Population, the most recent figures available.

The Minister for the Environment & Local Government, Phil Hogan confirmed last Tuesday that a registration charge of €100 will have to be paid by septic tank owners. A higher annual fee of €300 had been feared.

The Minister said that legislation providing for the septic tank registration and inspection system was necessary to prevent the State facing a substantial fine for failure to comply with an EU directive on waste water.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)