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€15,000 ($19,500) is being allocated to Leitrim County Council to provide flood defences on the Glenfarne river.

The grant which will facilitate the removal of blockages in the river and will allow for the clearance of trees and debris has been approved by Minister of State Brian Hayes.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A Slovakian man was almost three times over the drink driving limit when he crashed into a parked car on a busy Newcastle West street, just meters away from hundreds of people who had just left a nearby nightclub, a court has heard.

Peter Stellar, of Templegreen, Newcastle West pleaded guilty before the local court to drunk driving at Church Street in the early hours of April 17, 2011. He was also charged with dangerous driving, but this was reduced to careless driving following a request from his defence solicitor.

Supt Dan Flavin told the court last Friday week that at 2.10am on the date in question Mr Stellar was driving a vehicle when he crashed into a car parked on the side of the road at the top of Church Street, close to where “450 people” were out on the street following the closure of a nearby nightclub.

Mr Stellar was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and taken to Newcastle West Garda Station, where he was later found to have a reading of 107 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, almost three times the legal limit at the time.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


Barely 300 homes across Co Longford have paid the Government’s controversial €100 ($127) household charge, just over a week before the March 31 deadline lapses.

New figures obtained by the Leader last week, reveal just three per cent out of a projected 12,000 homes liable for the charge have signed up, generating around €3,000 out of an expected €1.2m income.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A woman who was left in a phone box as a baby in Dundalk in 1968 has been reunited with the man who found her.

Helen Ward has said that she has been delighted to be reunited with a truck driver who happened upon her in the phone booth on a cold March evening in the late 60s.

Helen had made an appeal for information at the start of this month in a bid to find her birth mother. Yet following her appeal a truck driver from Cork made contact to say that he was the man who discovery her all those years ago.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A man who ran barefoot through Knock village claiming he was the ‘second coming’ appeared before last week’s sitting of Belmullet District Court.

John Malone of 19 Dristernan, Drumshambo, Co Leitrim, was arrested on May 1, 2010, by gardaí in Knock, home of the famous Catholic pilgrimage site Knock Shrine. He had been staying in St Mary’s Hostel in Knock when gardaí were called at 8 am, after he damaged windows in the premises.

When Garda Monaghan approached Mr Malone, he heard him say that he was Jesus and he was the second coming.
(Source: The Mayo News)


Police are close to making arrests in the tragic case of a 22-year-old man who died three days after being kicked a number of times in the head at a St Patrick's Day house party.

Sources say officers have identified and interviewed the two young men who they believe brutally attacked Ciaran O'Connell at a house near Mullagh, Co Cavan.

The suspects are from Kells, Co Meath, and the Mullagh area. Both men were known to Mr O'Connell.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Police in Co Monaghan are seeking the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 37-year-old man who has been missing since last weekend.

Padraig Campbell was last seen in the Culloville area of Castleblaney at approximately 5 pm on 18 March.
(Source: RTE News)


Offaly’s Garda force has been depleted with ten retirements in the last fifteen months as a result of the Government’s failure to replace retired Gardaí under its recruitment embargo.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed that the local force has seen six Gardaí and four sergeants retire and they haven’t been replaced.

It’s also expected that the force will lose patrol cars that will not be replaced in the coming months.
(Source: Offaly Express)


A Roscommon company founded during the last recession has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the biggest employers in the county.

Like many of the best business ideas, P&G cards had its genesis in a recession. Run by the Naughton family, and now one of the biggest employers in Co Roscommon, it was founded in the 1980s.

P&G cards was set up in 1988, from a small warehouse on the family farm in Athleague, with the help of a £2,000 loan from AIB. The company began importing cards from Britain and bought a van for distribution. One of its first contracts was with the local supermarket and the company was soon supplying 100 small shops along the western seaboard.
(Source: Irish Times)