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It is one of the few estates in the country where construction has continued -- albeit at a slow pace -- since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger.

A prior applicant successfully lodged planning permission with the local authority for the houses in Rathkeale, where there is a large traveler population.

Work is still continuing at the housing estate at Ballywilliam North on the outskirts of Rathkeale after Limerick County Council granted the traveler permission to extend the planning application when he applied through a separate agent last year.
(Source: Irish Independent)


Former Longford County Councilor Peter Murphy died suddenly last Monday. A jovial and good-natured character, he was a very popular member of his local community and there was deep shock in Newtownforbes last Monday at his sudden death, which occurred while he was out shopping with his wife, Emer, last Monday.

A resident of Moneylagan, Newtownforbes, Peter Murphy was a member of Longford Co Council for over 20 years until he lost his seat in 2009. An independent councilor, Mr Murphy was also farmer and he was particularly vocal on agricultural issues. He also campaigned strongly on local issues and in particular, education. An independent candidate all his political life, Mr Murphy also ran for the Dáil in the 1987 General Election.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Coca-Cola Company announced it would create 100 new jobs at its shared services facility in Drogheda, Co Louth.

Forty positions have already been filled, involving IT, supply chain, legal and human resources functions.

The announcement was made following the opening of a $300 million (€218m) flavorings manufacturing facility in Wexford. This facility will employ 65 staff.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A pensioner living alone died in a house fire at his detached home in Newport, Co Mayo, last week. The victim was named as Denis Cartron (69) of Seaview Road.

The alarm was raised by a neighbour who spotted flames just before 9am. Two units of Mayo fire brigade responded to the outbreak, but were unable to save Mr Cartron.

Although the exact cause of the fire has not been determined, gardaí do not believe there was anything suspicious about the outbreak.

Mr Cartron’s body was taken to Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, where a postmortem was to be carried out.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Australia is seeking the extradition of a 29-year-old Meath man on charges of dangerous driving causing the deaths of two Irish backpackers near the city of Perth almost four years ago.

The High Court was informed last week that the Australian authorities are seeking the extradition of Eamon Mark Driver with an address at Stanley Heights, Slane, Co Meath, on charges of causing the death of Colm Reilly (20), from Slane, Co Meath, and Kiara Duncan (20), from Kentstown, Co Meath, by dangerous driving.

Mr Driver is alleged to have been the driver of a Toyota Corolla hatchback which was involved in a fatal crash that occurred around 11.10pm on October 31, 2007 at Bedford, a suburb of Perth in Western Australia. At the time of the crash the car had six passengers, including Mr Reilly and Ms Duncan.

Mr Driver allegedly lost control of the car at a bend and careered across the road into an oncoming vehicle. It is alleged that Mr Driver had been traveling at excess speed at the time.

Mr Reilly died on impact, while Ms Duncan died three days later in hospital.

The other passengers in the car sustained various injuries.

A warrant for Mr Driver's arrest was issued by the Australian Attorney General's office last year after the 29-year-old failed to appear in Perth Magistrate's Court to face charges.

Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan of the Garda Extradition Unit told the High Cour that he arrested Mr Driver at his home in Co Meath on foot of a warrant that had been previously endorsed by the High Court last Wednesday.
(Source: Evening Herald)


The disgraced former chief executive of Irish Nationwide, Michael Fingleton, failed to turn up to an Employment Appeals Tribunal hearing -- because he was in a foreign court.

The retired head of the now nationalized lender had been summoned to attend the tribunal to give evidence in the unfair dismissal case of branch manager and former Monaghan inter-county GAA star Brendan Beggan (48).

Chairman Dermot MacCarthy said Mr Fingleton informed the tribunal in a telephone call that he was willing and "eager" to appear.

But he said he was unable to do so last week because he was in court in Eastern Europe. It was unclear last week why Mr Fingleton was in court.
(Source: Irish Times)


A man in his 20s was arrested last week following the death of a cyclist in a hit-and-run incident near the border between Offaly and Kildare last Tuesday.

A man named locally as Peter Farrell (61), Clonmullen, Edenderry, Co Offaly, died when he was struck by a vehicle while cycling at Carrick on the Kinnegad to Edenderry road shortly before 9pm last Tuesday.
(Source: Offaly Express)