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Of the total on the council’s housing list, 2,645 cited “financial” as their main reason for seeking assistance, with other reasons including medical or compassionate, overcrowding, sharing involuntarily, disabled, elderly and Travelers.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Last week, it was confirmed that the contract documents for the Laois Grouped Towns Sewerage Scheme has been signed at an estimated cost of €10.7 million.

This contract comprises the construction of 18.9 km of foul sewer, 1.9 km of rising main and 310 metres of storm sewer.

The contract will serve the towns of Abbeyleix, Clonaslee, Durrow, Mountrath, Rathdowney and Stradbally. 

Minister for the environment Phil Hogan has recently approved the tender documents for the Design Build Operate (DBO) contract for the construction of five new wastewater treatment plants in the towns included in this scheme.

Just four months ago, it was estimated that the cost of the development would be over €16 million, but the recent estimate indicates a €10.7 million cost.
(Source: Leinster Express)


At least one home was flooded, a number of motorists were left stranded and several other homes and businesses were threatened by flash floods which struck Glenfarne, Dromahair and Manorhamilton last Monday.

At least one home was flooded, a number of motorists were left stranded and several other homes and businesses were threatened by flash floods which struck Glenfarne, Dromahair and Manorhamilton last Monday.

Despite the heavy rain which fell in the area during last Monday morning, many local residents in both north Leitrim communities were shocked by the speed at which water levels rose with the River Bonet rising by over a foot in just 15 minutes.

The severe rain that fell in the village last Monday afternoon and the subsequent floods saw the River Bonet burst its banks resulting in the closure of roads around the area.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A man who fell asleep at a bus stop on Mulgrave Street was repeatedly stabbed in the face with a kitchen knife in an “unprovoked and brutal attack”, Limerick Circuit Court has heard.

Damien O’Brien, 25, with an address at St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park, was charged with assault causing harm on April 7 this year.

The defendant, who has 106 previous convictions, admitted committing the offence in a drink and drug fuelled attack, telling gardai “I want to do life” [in prison] and that he had “a bit of shit in my head” on the day in question.

State prosecutor John O’Sullivan, BL, said Mr O’Brien pulled the knife on the 48 year-old injured party and stabbed him up to seven times in the face.

The victim had fallen asleep in a corner of the bus shelter, after consuming a “copious amount of alcohol”. He woke up after 11pm and recalled seeing someone with a knife in his hand.

The victim shouted ‘Stop, stop’, Mr O’Sullivan told the court, and made his escape by running towards the Brother Russell home.

“It was a brutal attack, that took him by surprise,” he added.

Mr O’Brien told gardai he had drank a couple of cans as well as 40-50 “Up-Johns”, or relaxants, throughout the day.

“I black out when taking them,” he told gardai during a series of interviews. “I suppose it [the attack] was due to the tablets.”
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Crime in rural areas of the midlands has been on the rise in recent months. In the past week, several serious incidents have taken place across the region, the latest of which took place on Monday night last week (Oct 17).

Two men, disturbed during a burglary in Roscommon, were chased through Co Longford, before the pursuit ended in Mullingar with a successful arrest. During the chase a Garda helicopter assisted personnel on the ground in Legan to help apprehend the pair.

At the weekend Gardai arrested three men in relation to an attempted robbery at Ardagh Post Office on Friday last.

Two men entered the village post office at 4pm and demanded cash from the post mistress. One was carrying a bat and the other another implement. An alarm was activated shortly afterwards and the two men fled the scene empty handed.

The following day, Saturday October 15, Gardai carried out a number of searches in the area and arrested three men. All three were subsequently released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
 (Source: Longford Leader)


A court in Lithuania has sentenced Louth man Michael Campbell to 12 years in prison for trying to buy weapons for the Real IRA.

Campbell, whose brother Liam was a senior member of the Real IRA, was snared by a sting operation involving undercover agents from Britain’s MI5 and the Irish and Lithuanian security services.

He admitted trying to buy weapons in the Baltic state but insisted they were not for the Real IRA.