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Last Saturday week a burglary occurred at Monteverde Green, Farmleigh. A window at the back of the property was broken and the patio door was opened. The house was ransacked and a Nikon D90 black digital camera and Toshiba black laptop taken.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


The HSE and the agents for the developers of the proposed Primary Care centre in Clonbrusk have both maintained that the project is going ahead this year, amid growing uncertainty whether work would ever start on the health infrastructure.

The confirmation came after fears were raised that the project could be scrapped after it was not included in the HSE Service Plan 2012 as one of the primary care facilities to be under construction or completed during the year.

Last year, the HSE scrapped plans for its own primary care project and put the site up for sale on the condition that a developer would build a primary care centre and lease it back to the health authorities.

A spokesperson for the Roscommon-based Collins Boyd Engineering, the agent and architects of the project on behalf of the company which bought the site, Ath Medical Partnership, stressed last week: "The job is going ahead. There is an agreement there with the HSE."
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


The number of new buildings in Co Wexford dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2011.

Figures released last week show that 457 new residential and commercial buildings were identified in Wexford last year. This represents a year- on- year decrease of 46 per cent compared to 2010, when 853 new buildings were recorded in the county.

This drop in new buildings in Wexford is far larger than the national average of 30 per cent.

The data was compiled by Geodirectory, which was jointly established by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland ( OSI) to create and manage Ireland's only complete database of commercial and residential buildings.
(Source: Enniscorthy Guaridan)


An estimated 80 new jobs are to be created by Avoca by the end of this year with the opening of a new store in Malahide.

The company which originated in Avoca village, Co. Wicklow where its traditional woollen mills and café are still situated has expanded extensively over the years and currently has ten outlets throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland as well as online sales.
(Source: The Wicklow People)