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The company has developed a 'black box' which plugs into the cars of young drivers to monitor if they are driving safely.
(Source: Roscommon Herald)


A man who broke a rear window in a hostel for homeless men in Ballytivnan was found by Gardai asleep on a couch in the premises, Judge Kevin Kilrane heard at Sligo Court.

Danny Murray, of Benbulben Terrace, admitted criminal damage and tresspass offences on February 16th.

Defending solicitor, Mr. Mark Mullaney, explained that Murray was not homeless but, because of a medical difficulty with his partner, had to leave his house and did not have a place to sleep. He had €200 to pay for damage and was sorry for what he did.

The Judge adjourned the case to June 7th for the preparation of a Probation Services report and said he would decide on that date if he would activate the four month sentence.
(Source: Sligo Champion)


Two people were rescued on Lough Derg last week after their cruise boat lost power and ran aground in gale force conditions.

The alarm was raised at about 3 pm when onlookers on the shore reported seeing a person waving frantically from a boat close to Terryglass in Co Tipperary.

The Irish Coast Guard marine rescue co-ordination centre at Valentia Island, Co Kerry, issued a radio alert to other vessels on the lake requesting anyone in the area to go to the vessel’s assistance.

The Lough Derg lifeboat was sent to the scene but was stood down following confirmation that the occupants had been taken to safety to Terryglass.

It is understood the company which operates the distressed cruiser sent a second vessel to the scene to assist.

The lake was said to be “enraged” yesterday, with winds gusting force eight.
(Source: Irish Times)


A wave of suspected malicious fires in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough has prompted a town councilor to call for urgent action to be taken.

In the past month alone there have been five house fires which are believed to have been maliciously started, the most serious of which tragically claimed the lives of a Dungannon mother and daughter.

“That exemplified the horrific consequences of arson but still there are people who seem to feel they have the right to place other people and property in peril for their own selfish ends,” said Councilor Maurice Morrow. “The sinister aspect of these incidents cannot be overlooked.”
(Source: Tyrone Courier)


Labour TD for Waterford, Ciara Conway, is backing comments made by Darina Allen who has been telling a group of British and Irish Politicians that growth in Food Tourism will create jobs, and Waterford is well-poised to reap the benefits.

"Darina Allen has been singing the praises of Waterford’s food industry at a speech to the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) which has been meeting in Dublin this week," said Ciara Conway.

"There’s a real opportunity for Ireland in the food tourism industry, and in Waterford in particular with ‘agritainment’ so we need to work together to capitalize on this."
(Source: Waterford Today)


An Athlone man whose bus business closed down last year is calling on the Taoiseach to apologise for telling him: "you could do with a day's work, I'd say."

Enda Kenny made this comment on Monday afternoon in response to heckling from Gordon Hudson, who is the head of the Athlone campaign against household and septic tank charges.

“The cheek of the Taoiseach, to make a statement like that to somebody that has worked all their life in this country," said Mr Hudson. "He came across as very, very arrogant. For the role he plays, as leader of the country, that kind of attitude is seriously wrong."

Kenny was diplomatic in reply, saying: "I empathise with everybody who does want to work but can't find employment.”
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


Wexford Circuit Criminal Court has heard that a driver, who mowed down a young student, killing her, had taken 25 alcoholic drinks on the night he hit her with his car and kept driving.

Paddy Cash appeared before the Court on last Thursday having pled guilty to dangerous driving and causing the death of Kelly Gregan (20) on October 24th, 2010. Having heard a summary of the evidence from Gda. Eamonn O’Shiel, as well as a tearful statement from Kelly’s mother Pauline Gregan, Judge Thomas Teehan said that words were inadequate to describe the tragedy.

Judge Teehan sentenced Cash to jail for a period of seven years, and banned him from driving for 20 years.
(Source: Wexford Echo)


Gardai (police) are investigating the cause of a fire which broke out in one of the sheltered housing units on the grounds of Newcastle Hospital.

Fire units from Greystones and Wicklow were alerted to the blaze at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9th. The flames were more or less confined to the living room of the housing unit and didn't spread to any other buildings. No one was injured during the incident.