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“The temporary car park will revert to its permitted hotel use ... once construction of that development commences,” according to the planning application.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


The HSE confirmed last Tuesday afternoon that St Brigids Hospital, Shaen, Portlaoise is to close within the next six months.

The HSE once again blamed the ongoing budget cuts, the public sector recruitment ban and future HIQA standards, as the reasons to close the hospital.

Last week they began consultation with the residents and their families on their options for alternative care arrangements. The HSE has not provided a timeline for the closure, however, they said that “the orderly wind down of the service will be conducted over a period of approximately of six months.”

Staff at the unit will be redeployed to other services. The HSE said that where possible staff and patients will be transferred to the same location. The HSE claim that Shaen is being close to “optimize the use of the available resources in Laois/Offaly.”

“By so doing the available resource will be consolidated in the remaining four units ensuring the ongoing provision of high quality, safe services in those units,” the statement said.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Gardai in Carrick-on-Shannon are seeking the help of the public in relation to damage to two windows of St Mary’s Church, Main St, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Gardai also reported a money box was interfered with and what was described as “a very small quantity of money” was taken.

St Mary’s Church recently underwent significant refurbishment with the works including the removal of the wooden feature at sanctuary and repositioning of the tabernacle; heating and electrical installations; remodeling of adoration room; re-design of church entrance and provision of new sacristy; refurbishment of church access and forecourt area and the redecoration of walls and ceilings.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Up to 20 casualties of the Libyan conflict are due to fly into Shannon Airport in the coming days and receive specialist surgery for their war wounds in Barringtons in Limerick, if the private hospital can accommodate their medical requests.

The Limerick Leader understands the wounded, who fought to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, will require surgery as a result of gunshot wounds and grenade blasts, and may also require plastic surgery.

Abdullah Elneihum, of the Libyan Health Office of Ireland, confirmed that the casualties were due to arrive last week, but their travel plans have temporarily been disrupted by “technical issues.”

Denis Cahalane, managing director of Barringtons hospital, said they will welcome the opportunity to look after the wounded, provided they can help them.

The Libyan State is paying for the full cost of medical treatment, which may see patients spending up to six weeks in Limerick, where they will also stay in a city hotel during their recuperation period.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Investigations have been launched by gardaí in Longford town last week after two women were assaulted in recent days.

A woman in her thirties was sexually assaulted last Sunday morning, while a woman in her mid sixties was physically attacked outside her home on November 13 last.

Gardaí are also appealing to those with any information in relation to assaults to come forward and members of the public are being advised to exercise vigilance at all times as these latest assaults come in the aftermath of a “very serious” sexual assault on another woman in the town last month.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A successful farmhouse cheese, craft beer and whiskey night that was held in No. 32 restaurant in Dundalk recently, sponsored by Bord Bia.

Event organizer Peter Thomas spoke to the paper about the night and the locally produce that it showcased: “This was the first of many tastings that we hope to do locally to encourage more people to try locally produced craft food and drink.“The event was a great success, with those attending getting the unusual opportunity totaste and evaluate paired/matched samples of cheese, craft beer and whiskey.”The cheese was supplied by Bellingham Blue, Glebe Brethan, Boyne Valley Blue. These are award winning cheeses all produced in Co. Louth.“

2011 was a particulary successful year for all three cheeses, with Bellingham Blue gaining a Gold medal at the British cheese awards and a Silver medal at the Irish Cheese Awards, (having won Irish Supreme Champion in 2010), Glebe Brethan won Gold at the Irish Cheese Awards and also graced the banquet table for the Queen’s banquet in Dublin Castle during her visit to Ireland in May.” Finally Boyne Valley Blue was awarded two stars from the British Fine Food Guild in its very first year of production. Peter Thomas (Bellingham Blue and Boyne Valley Blue), and David Tiernan (Glebe Brethan) are both members of the Slow Food Organisation’s Irish Raw Milk Cheese Presidia.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)