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A woman died following a single vehicle crash in Co Roscommon at the weekend.

The 65-year-old woman was a passenger in the car which struck a ditch at Frenchpark on the Westport to Longford Road at around 4.15pm.

Both she and the driver, a 53-year-old man, were taken to Castlebar General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The man remains in hospital.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


Counsillors have chosen a location to site the city's first public loo but they have been told it would be a loss making venture. At a meeting of the Borough Council last Monday night, Councillor Matt Lyons proposed that the County Manager proceed with the purchase of a toilet and to locate it at Stephen Street Car Park.

Meetings Administrator, Mary Blowick told councillors however that such 'super loos' would have to be leased at between €25,000 and €30,000 a year while in order to install it at the car park sewer, water and power supply works would have to be undertaken costing between €15,000 and €20,000.

nformation from other local authorities point to revenue being generated ranging from €1,500 per annum for a small town to €5,000 for a busier location, she said.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


A Thurles woman has died following a tragic accident last week in Thurles. Bridie Corbett, from Kennedy Park, died as a result of injuries she sustained in a road traffic accident on Friar Street, between 2.30pm and 3pm on Thursday last week (November 17th).

Diversions were put in place for several hours following the accident. Ms Corbett (81) was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital with injuries which were described as “serious”. Ms Corbett died in the early hours of Friday (November 18th).
 (Source: Tipperary Star)


Clothing thought to belong to missing Co Donegal man David Colhoun has been found on a riverbank.

Mr Colhoun (21) went missing on May 22nd last after escaping from police custody in Co Tyrone and trying to swim across the river Foyle to his home in Lifford.

Despite a massive search involving the Garda, PSNI and search- and-rescue-teams, there has been no sign of him.

His family always believed he drowned while trying to cross the river. However, they now believe clothing found close to Lifford Bridge belongs to the missing man.

The clothing was found by his brother Mark during a search of the banks of the river Foyle.

David’s father Joseph said a tracksuit bottom and boxer shorts were unquestionably his son’s clothing. “I have no doubt about it. We went back to David’s room and the tracksuit is missing.
(Source: Irish Times)


It was confirmed as we went to press, last Monday night that a US company is actively looking at Waterford city as a base for a call centre, which would have the potential to employ a workforce of up to 1,000. The company, which is yet to be named, is currently looking for a substantial office building and has been engaging with premises owners in the city. The company is looking for 100,000 sq ft of space and has concentrated its search, so far, in Waterford and a number of other areas including the Limerick/Shannon region as well as in Dundalk.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Gardai are appealing for witnesses to the assault of a teenage girl in the Monksland area last week by up to four youths.

The assault took place between the community centre in Monksland and Ceathru na gCloch housing estate on Tuesday of last week, November 15, between 7pm and 8pm.

Gardai say they cannot reveal the age of the girl due to operational reasons and they have not specified whether the youths were male or female.

The girl suffered only minor injuries and was not hospitalised after the assault.
Gardai say the assault was not of a sexual nature.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Residents of Co Wexford's authority estates have been honored for their efforts to keep them looking their best.

More than 100 people from various residents associations around the county attended Wexford County Council's annual prize-giving ceremony in the Talbot Hotel recently.

Cllr Tony Dempsey, chairman of the council's housing strategic policy committee, officially opened the event.

He complimented the members of the many residents associations in attendance for their community and civic spirit. Cllr Dempsey said that the work they carry out all year round is invaluable for the upkeep of their estate.
(Source: Enniscorthy Guardian)


A man who was more than one and a half times the legal limit was put off the road for two years and fined when he appeared before Judge Murrough Connellan.

Robert Gaffney (20), 29 Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 was charged with drunken driving at Tuckmill Cross, Tuckmill, Baltinglass on August 14, 2011.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and the court heard he had a breath alcohol concentration of 58mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.