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Since becoming a millionaire overnight, the father of three has been paid almost $50,000 (£31,500) in disability benefit, the Daily Mail reports.

However the 72-year-old retired builder is doing nothing illegal, as the allowance is not means-tested.
"We've nothing to hide. I worked for 40 years and I'm entitled to it," O'Shea told The Sun newspaper.
When the lucky couple scooped the jackpot over six years ago, they told the media, “we’ll never be any different, no matter how much money we have.”
(Source: Irish Central)


A Newbridge woman who opened her front door to a child who seemed to be “distressed and crying” was later horrified to discover that she had been the victim of a robbery.

The incident occurred at The Grange on Friday evening 3 February at around 7.45pm and, while the woman was at the door speaking to the child, her son came downstairs to find a man in the kitchen. The man then fled, taking a small amount of cash with him.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


An elaborate cannabis-growing operation was discovered by gardai in Freshford last Wednesday morning.

After a lengthy surveillance operation gardai from Waterford and Kilkenny swooped on the growhouse and seized an estimated €28,000 worth of cannabis plants.

The two-storey house was described as a ‘ cannabis cultivation factory’ by an investigating garda. The cannabis c facility together with sophisticated watering, heating and lighting systems were uncovered at a house in the rural, remote townsland of Scart in Freshford. A number of cannabis plants at various stages of maturity were discovered at the property.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


There is the potential to create an additional 1,500 sustainable jobs in the Portarlington area in the next eight years. 

That was the message sent out last Thursday night at the launch of the Portarlington Vision 2020.

For the past number of months, Portarlington Community Development Association engaged in extensive consultation in the area, gauging the reaction of people as to how they could generate
local employment.

The findings of their views were harnessed and launched in their vision for the area for the next eight years.

(Source: Leinster Express)


Leitrim County Council has recently unveiled the North West’s very first Public Charge Point for electric vehicles. The charge point is located alongside the wall towards the rear of the Council Headquarters, Carrick-on-Shannon, opposite the entrance to Carrick Craft.

This Charge Point will provide electric vehicles with full charge, which takes between 6 to 8 hours, depending on the type of vehicle. It can charge two vehicles simultaneously and is the first to be put in place in the North West.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


Staff at Limerick City Council work an average of 34.17 hours a week, a new survey has shown.

Despite last year’s deadline forcing public service workers to increase their hours under the Croke Park agreement, staff based in City Hall are still working less than 35 hours a week, according to a survey commissioned by the Irish Independent.

In comparison, staff in the private sector work a 39-hour week.'

There are around 400 staff still working at City Hall.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


A well known Co Longford Irish dancing school teacher has told of her horror at returning to find her home robbed just hours after appearing on popular RTE gameshow ‘Winning Streak’.

Susan Bransfield said she could not believe her eyes when she discovered raiders had made off with some of her most prized personal possessions on the same day she won over €50,000 in cash prizes.

The mother of four also spoke of how the events of the past week have left her two youngest children, Shannon (15) and Conor (10) living in fear.

“They won’t stay in the house now on their own,” she candidly revealed. “I have tried, but how do you tell a 10-year-old they (raiders) won’t come back?”
(Source: Longford Leader)


It has been reported that glamour girl Louise Kavanagh, who has strong roots in Dundalk, is to relinquish her Playboy outfit after a year working as a ‘bunny’ in London.

Louise spoke last year about how much she was looking forward to her new job, but she has been offered a new carrot with a career as a DJ.

The buxom brunette said she loved her new job last year. She shot to fame after earning the accolade of Boylesports Bikini Babe in 2009 for being the most pictured Irish model in a bikini in the national press that summer. But she insisted that the Playboy uniform was quite tame.

The 25-year-old is daughter of former Dundalk Democrat journalist Conor, now a producer on Pat Kenny’s radio show on RTÉ and niece of Blackrock-based photographer Paula Kavanagh.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)