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Inside they found an underground tank into which the fuel, originally intended for agricultural use, is pumped with a bleaching agent to remove the dye.

When the dye is removed, the fuel is sold on as conventional road diesel, making a significant profit for the launderers.

The facility could have deprived the Republic of Ireland's exchequer of up to 4m euros (£3.4m) a year in lost revenue.

The men are due to appear before Monaghan District Court on Monday 10 October.
(Source: BBC News)


Up to 50 or 100 new jobs could be created in Tullamore if local people kept their money in town.

That’s the message being highlighted in a new poster campaign launched last week by a group of local traders and business people.

“Your town, your choice, your money” is the catchy slogan on the posters which are now on display in shops and businesses throughout the town centre.

The posters play on the famous World War II US poster featuring Uncle Sam and the wording “Your country needs you”.

“Money spent in Tullamore keeps jobs locally,” said local business man, Christy Maye who is the author of the new marketing campaign.

Mr Maye, who has a reputation for thinking outside the box, said: “There is a lot to be done to revitalise the town centre but we have to start somewhere.”

The former Bridge House proprietor and the key figure behind the revival of Tullamore Show in the early 90’s said people needed to come up with new ideas to kick start the local economy.

Mr Maye is a member of the new retail committee, part of the Chamber of Commerce, which is charged with encouraging business into the centre of town.

The committee is chaired by Anne Starling and a number of initiatives are planned for the coming months.

These include a secondary schools competition aimed at selecting a suitable slogan to market Tullamore as a shopping and business destination.

Tullamore, like other towns the length and breadth of the country, has taken a huge hit during the recession and its main thoroughfares feature many closed premises.

“We’re in the middle of a recession like none other any of us has experienced,” said Christy Maye. He continued: “The fact is that if we all supported our local businesses and keep money in town it would make a huge difference to jobs and the economy.”
(Source: Offaly Express)


A man and a woman are being held for questioning in connection with a fatal house fire in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

A woman in her 30s was arrested and is being held at Boyle Garda Station.

Gardaí are continuing to detain a man in his 30s for questioning in connection with the fire, in which a five-year-old girl died on Monday.

Mari Connolly's father Richard and her two sisters, aged six and eight, escaped the blaze at Termon Road in Boyle.

Mr Connelly jumped from an upstairs window with the two girls in his arms and sustained serious back injuries.

The man is being held at Boyle Garda Station.
(Source: RTE News)


A young man who paid compensation for the damage he caused to a fridge in a supermarket after he got into a row over chicken be bought was given "a chance" by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Ballymote Court.

Norman Monaghan, Cornmill Park, Ballymote, was summoned by Garda Patrick Naughton for committing criminal damage on March 22nd 2010.

The court was told that the defendant went into the supermarket. There was an altercation and he took items out of a refrigerator and threw them down.

Defending solicitor Ms. Karina Carty said there was €450 damage to the refrigerator. He had an addiction problem and over the summer he received treatment. He had held his hands up, was very embarrassed and paid compensation.

Asked why he damaged the refrigerator, Monaghan told Judge Kevin Kilrane that he got chicken that was out of date. He "basically got into an argument". In relation to his alcohol consumption, he attended meetings and was 100% clean for the last seven months.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has backed a move by a cross-party Oireachtas Foreign Affiars Committee to have an independent international inquiry into the killing of a Ballinderry man in Bolivia two years ago.

Michael Dwyer, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot by police forces in his hotel room because, they claimed, he was part of a plot to kill Bolivian President Evo Morales.

However, numerous witnesses have stated that Mr Dwyer was unarmed when he was killed in Santa Cruz in April 2009.

Now the Oireachtas committee, led by Deputy Pat Breen, has backed calls for an independent international inquiry into the slaying.

And Cllr Morris, who welcomed the move, told the Tipperary Star he hoped the Bolivian government would comply with any requests made to it in relation to the incident.

“The Bolivian government should not be afraid of any independent inquiry. This needs to be done if the family are going to get any justice,” he said.“Michael Dwyer died in horrific circumstanecs. His family have suffered ever since and an inquiry would bring some small bit of relief to them.”
(Source: Tipperary Star)