News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties


With the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) recently claiming over 90,000 Irish graduates are currently unemployed or considering emigration, Ireland’s first Career Coaching graduates are bucking the trend.

Of the graduates who were conferred with a Diploma in Career Coaching (NFQ Level 7) in DIT, 75% have secured new employment. Of this figure, 30% have moved into new jobs with 45% having started their own Career Coaching businesses.
(Source: Offaly Express)


A man has been charged with arson following a house fire in Boyle, Co Roscommon, in which a five-year-old girl died earlier this month.

John Lynch (33), Church View, Boyle, was charged last week with committing arson by damaging by fire a private dwelling on Termon Road, Boyle, on October 3rd.

Garda Paul Kenny told Boyle District Court that the charge was put to Mr Lynch before the court sitting. Garda Kenny said that in response to the charge, he replied: “I never intended for anyone to get hurt,” and “I am deeply sorry.”

Mari Keane Connolly died in the fire at Termon Road where she was staying with her father, Richard Connolly, on October 3rd.
(Source: Irish Times)


A young boy who fractured two teeth in an incident at the Waterpoint centre in Enniscrone was awarded €30,000 in an agreed settlement approved by Judge Michael White at the Circuit Court.

Patrick Howley, 6 Glencreevy, Erris Road, Crossmolina, who sued Enniscrone Leisure Limited through his father, Thomas, suffered the injuries when another child struck him on a waterslide on March 26th 2010.

Initially Judge White was told there was an offer of €22,500 in the case, including a total for special damages of €6,330 and general damages of €16,170. However, he said he would not approve it given the uncertainly of the cost of future treatment for the boy.

Judge White later approved an improved setttlement of €30,000 and measured costs of €5,800.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Thurles is to benefit from a further €50,000 worth of investment under the jobs initiative. Local Minister, Alan Kelly, has signed off on funding for the provision of pedestrian path along the L4126 to extend the walkway around Thurles. The paths will be competed between the R60/L4126 junction and the L4126/L8020 junction.

“This will help the local economy in a small way and deliver a facility that will be used by cyclists and walkers from the town. It will also create a number of days work before the end of the year so it is to be welcomed,” stated Minister Kelly.

“The funding will enhance the walkway around Thurles and is delivered via smarter travel funding under the jobs initiative which was signed off earlier on this year. The Department of Transport were not able to complete some projects in Dublin and I have overseen the transfer of these funds to towns such as Thurles to deliver tangible projects before the end of the year.”
(Source: Tipperary Star)



Former Irish leader made all decisions in a pub as economy collapsed

Irish pubs in crisis as one in eight have now closed down

Top ten locations for that perfect Irish wedding



Two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a petrol bomb attack on a house in Omagh, police said on Sunday.

The sitting room window of the house at Queen's Parade in the Campsie area of the Co Tyrone town was smashed at around 4.30am.

A petrol bomb was hurled inside.

A number of people were asleep in the building at the time, but there have been no reports of injuries.

Detectives said two males arrested in connection with the incident are helping police with their inquiries.
(Source: RTE News)


A true gentleman, who served the people of Waterford for almost four decades, has been lost following the untimely death, under tragic circumstances, of the recently retired Superintendent of Tramore, Jerry Lynch.

In his career, as a husband, a father and a friend, Jerry touched the lives of many people and his sudden death has plunged the entire community into grief.

Fifty-eight-year-old Jerry, who was husband to Marian and father to Elaine and Gerard, hung up his hat as Superintendent in Tramore in April of this year, looking forward to enjoying well deserved retirement following 38 years of commitment to the force. But, in a heartbreaking twist of fate Jerry’s life was cut short following a fall from the roof of his home on September 26. On Saturday morning last, Jerry’s fight for life ended, and the father of two sadly passed away in Cork University Hospital.