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Two masked men, one armed with a gun, hijacked a taxi in a County Tyrone town on Friday.
The incident, in Strabane's Fountain Terrace, took place at 20:00 BST.

Police said the men forced the driver from the vehicle, a blue Renault Traffic, before they drove it away.
It was later found burned out at Innisfree Gardens. The driver was uninjured.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Waterford has been dealt yet another major body blow on the jobs front, as it emerged last week that 130 jobs in Rigney Dolphin are in serious jeopardy.

The Waterford News & Star has learned that 130 call centre workers, on the city’s Industrial park, have been told that by December 3 they will have to relocate to Cork or claim redundancy.

It is also understood that the Chairman of Rigney Dolphin, Frank Dolphin is desperately trying to save the workers from the dole queue or having to relocate and he will continue to do everything in his power to fight for their jobs.

Earlier this year, Rigney Dolphin lost a lucrative Eircom account to another company based outside Ireland, First Source Solutions, and that has now put the 130 jobs in jeopardy.

A condition of the new contract was that First Source Solutions had to take the work to  Knocknaheany in Cork where Eircom already had an empty premises.

Now the Waterford workers have to decide between moving to Cork or claiming redundancy and losing their job.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


A local man had a lucky escape last Sunday night after he was forced to make a crash-landing in Taughmaconnell as he travelled from Ballinasloe to his home in Castlesampson.

Michael Mannion from Castlesampson is understood to have been on his way home from the Ballinasloe Fair when he was forced to crash-land the helicopter, a Robinson R44, in a field in Taughmaconnell. Mr Mannion, who runs R&M Quarries, walked away uninjured following the incident but was reported to have been in shock.

Gardai preserved the scene and contacted the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport, which is currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.

Tom Moloney of the AAIU, the investigator in charge, told the Westmeath Independent last Tuesday that the helicopter involved was a Robinson R44 - a small four-seater single engine helicopter. He said the helicopter crash-landed near Taughmaconnell on Sunday evening and he and a colleague were notified and travelled to the scene late on Sunday night.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


The asking price for houses in Co Wexford continues to tumble downwards, according to the latest reports from the country's leading property websites.

The reports on the third quarter of 2011 from Daft. ie and both estimate that property prices in Wexford fell by over 5 per cent between June and September.

Daft. ie said that the asking price for the average Wexford home on its website fell by 5.1 per cent to €162,513 over the course of the three months.

However, the fall from the peak of the property boom over four years ago is now 50.8 per cent in Wexford, the report says, with the past 12 months accounting for 18.4 per cent of that reduction.

According to, the average asking prices for homes in the Model County are now as follows: one bed – €93,000; two bed – €99,000; three bed – €143,000; four bed – €200,000; five bed – €260,000.
(Source: Wexford People)


A convicted paedophile who previously went on the run and ended up being caught in Wicklow has been missing for over two months now.

40-year-old Paul Hunter Redpath, originally from Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, was last seen in Aberdeen on July 19.

Scottish Police are still investigating an alleged sighting of Redpath in Belfast.

He failed to comply with registration requirements and is now being treated as a ' wanted person.'
Grampian Police say Redpath is likely to associate with street drinkers and is likely to approach members of the public, charitable and religious orders asking for money.

Grampian Police Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Macleod says 'we are grateful to the members of the public who have taken the time to contact us in relation to Paul Redpath but as yet we have not been able to trace him. We issue this fresh appeal to the public to assist us further in tracing him.'
(Source: The Wicklow People)



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