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Nigel Mercier, chairman, said residents had looked on enviously at the vast resources invested by the County Council in neighboring Raheen over the years.

“We had been told during the boom that a comprehensive local area plan was in place for Mungret and while that looked very good it was contingent on money from private builders,” Mr Mercier said, explaining that infrastructural deficits in the village were meant to have been paid for through development levies applied as a condition of planning permission.

“Now that is obviously not going to be done until we have the next boom, if we ever have one. A lot of work has been done in Dooradoyle and Raheen but nothing has been done in Mungret for 20 years,” he said.

Over €2 million was allocated by the Department of the Environment to upgrade the sewerage system in Mungret, where most people rely on septic tanks.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


With a 25 percent increase in the rise of copper thefts in Co Longford over the past 12 months and a noted increase in the stealing of livestock and machinery from farms, gardaí in Longford have issued a warning this week for people to exercise extra vigilance on their properties, to report any “suspicious activity” to gardaí and to ensure that locks on gates, sheds, homes and commercial buildings are secure at all times.

Superintendent Denis Shields, Longford Garda Station, said that the rise in rural thefts was widespread across the county and he advised members of the public to avoid business dealings with people “whom they did not know” as there is currently a scam in operation which encourages deposit paying for goods or services and when the money is handed over the dealer subsequently “disappears”.

Outlining the rise in rural crime, Supt Shields said suspicious activity should be reported to gardaí immediately. CCTV has also assisted gardaí with their inquires over the past number of months, so if it is possible to install CCTV, then it should be installed.”
(Source: Longford Leader)


Dundalk Town Council have won the Sustainable Environment award at the recent Chambers Ireland Excellance in Local Government Awards.

Sponsored by The European Recycling Platform Dundalk Town Council were joint winners for their work through the Navvy Bank Biodiversity and Awareness Project.

The Navvy Bank Biodiversity and Awareness Project seeks to augment, support and promote the Navvy Bank Walk as an interactive learning experience on Dundalk Bay and the Castletown River Estuary, while supporting wildlife in the vicinity.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A trip to a Christmas disco has to tragedy after a mother and her young daughter were killed and three others injured in a horror crash.

Dedicated mum Sandra Herbert (40) and her daughter Rachel (14) were killed when their car left the road and overturned into a stream at the weekend around 9pm.

Three other girls, believed to be pals of Rachel's, were also injured in the crash.

Sandra Herbert was dropping Rachel and her young pals to a disco in Ardmore Community Centre when her car, an 03 Toyota Avensis, crashed off the road at Rathbaun in the townland of Cloghans, Ballina, Co Mayo.

No other vehicle was involved in the crash. Five people have now died on Irish roads in the last 48 hours.

Sandra and Rachel from Knockmore, Ballina, were traveling in the front of the car which ended up on its roof in a stream after the crash.

Speaking to the Herald Sandra's devastated husband James said there was "a touch of frost" at the time, but said he didn't know if it was a factor.

"They were driving to a disco in Ardmore Community Centre around 20 minutes away when the car left the road," he told the Herald.

Sandra was married to James and the couple have two sons, Daryl and Ryan.

Some of the young passengers in the back were able to free themselves from the wreckage of the car and raise the alarm.
(Source: Evening Herald)


The IDA came under fire at a meeting of Meath County Council last week, following a reported decision by the US global e-commerce company company, PayPal, not to locate in Navan.

One councillor said the PayPal decision raised serious questions about the IDA's commitment to Meath and Navan, in particular.

"Had PayPal come to Navan and created those 1,000 jobs in the vacant Quinn building, it would have been the biggest economic injection in this county since the opening of Tara Mines," said Fianna Fail councilor Shane Cassells. The company is now said to be looking at Dundalk or Limerick for a new base.

"Instead, they have passed us by - and passed us by they have. What are our TDs - especially the two located in this town who spoke so eloquently of job creation last February - doing? Did they even know PayPal was looking at Navan as a base to create 1,000 jobs?" he said.