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A full visitors ban was put in place at Waterford Regional Hospital on Thursday.

In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a full ban on visiting was put in place at Waterford Regional Hospital in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug). The hospital is taking no chances.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


In an effort to curb the dramatic increase in burglaries across the county in recent times, a garda (police) initiative has been launched encouraging more communities to set up Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Burglaries have gone up by almost a third across Laois and Offaly between 2010 and 2011, from 736 to 974. While the recession is undoubtedly playing its part, Garda Sergeant Padraig Farrelly, crime prevention officer for Laois/Offaly, believes that the huge increase in the number of commuters in the region has also contributed.

“More people are commuting now and not getting involved in their community,” he said. “Years ago, everyone knew everyone else in their area, but now people are moving much move.”
(Source: Leinster Express)


Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, was in Carrick-on-Shannon last Thursday to hear what people think of rural life.

Over the past couple of months, Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams TD, Martin Ferris TD and Senator Trevor Clochartaigh have been travelling around the country talking to people about life in the future in rural Ireland.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A Corbally woman who was caught selling illegal cigarettes to undercover customs officers in the casual trading area outside the Milk Market faces fines of up to $16,000 or a maximum of five years in prison, Limerick Circuit Court has heard.

Carol Collopy, (51) of Danesfort, Corbally, has admitted possession of nearly 37,000 cigarettes worth €16,634, which resulted in the loss of €10,656 to the Exchequer. Ms Collopy broke down in court last week and pleaded to Judge Carroll Moran to deal with her case sooner, after he adjourned sentencing to May 22.

“If I deal with it this afternoon you’re going to prison for two years Mrs Collopy. I don’t want to send you to prison, that’s why I need to think about it and do what’s right,” said Judge Moran.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


The 90 jobs in Flancare Longford are safe for now after a significant investment in a newly-formed company which has acquired the trade and certain assets of Flancare Distribution Limited.

Total Produce, one of Europe’s largest fresh produce providers, announced last Friday it had become a 50 per cent shareholder in a new company, which takes over Flancare’s business from the provisional liquidator, Mr Declan McDonald of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In a statement, Total Produce said they expected “this transaction will secure employment for 200 people as well as ensuring the continued provision of high levels of service to customers.”
(Source: Longford Leader)


An Irish woman is to be sentenced next month in New Zealand after being found guilty of offences relating to a $1.4m banking fraud.

It is understood that Susan Bourton, who is originally from Dundalk, left Ireland 20 years ago with her parents and siblings but returned in the late 2000s and set up a number of businesses in the Dundalk area.

However, the 36-year-old from Barleyfield, Kilcurry, was arrested by the New Zealand authorities when she returned to be with her father Gerard who died from cancer in July 2010. She was charged with a number of fraud offences.

She pleaded guilty last November to 25 charges and after months of deliberation, the judge in the New Zealand case found her guilty of the remaining 56 counts of fraud.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A man was arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a pensioner in Co Mayo last weekend.

The 71-year-old victim was shot at around 2.15pm at Wallpark, Glencorrib.

He was taken to Galway Regional Hospital where he later died.

Gardai (police) have arrested a man in his early 30s, who is being held at Claremorris Garda Station.
(Source: Evening Herald)


The Ashbourne father who last week made a desperate plea for the life-saving cancer drug Ipilimumab (Ipy) had his wish granted when Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny announced last Thursday that the drug would be made available to cancer patients here.

Martin McMahon (44), from St John's Wood in the town, is suffering from advanced malignant melanoma and believes the revolutionary new drug is his only hope to save his life. However, the drug has not been available here as it had not been licensed though it is available in the United States.

He made an emotional appeal last week for the drug to be made available here and his family had been launching a fundraising campaign to finance his treatment with Ipy.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)