News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties



A football player who assaulted the mentor of the opposing team at a football match was sentenced to five months in prison.

The judge described the incident as “naked violence” and “hooliganism.” Philip Roche, New Road, Moneenroe, Castlecomer was convicted of the assault at the GAA grounds, Grennan, Thomastown on June 1, 2009.

Ann Donnelly, a spectator at the match said that she witnessed a player being sent off. “A man was walking off and the Glenmore mentor was standing on the sideline. He walked over and boxed him in the face and hit him straight into the face. I heard a crack.
 [Source: Kilkenny People]


From a void of information to an 82-page detailed report, the HSE has published a document in which it says it will consult and recommend a decision, but that a Government Minister will have the final say on Abbeyleix and Shaen Hospitals.

Nearly six months after being forced to consult on closure plans, the executive published a document entitled Older Persons Services, HSE Midlands, Information and Consultation two weeks ago.

The report does two things. It sets out the nursing home landscape in the midlands and the position of St Brigid’s Shaen and the Abbeyleix Community Nursing Unit. In the information section of the report, the HSE makes clear that it is still “contemplating” closure. The report also publishes the consultation process ordered in the High Court.

The HSE has declined to bring in an independent party in any part of the consultation process.

ithout any reference to outside expertise, the executive will lead the consultation and a senior HSE manager will consider the evidence and make a recommendation to the Minister for Health, James Reilly.
[Source: Leinster Express]


The crisis in youth unemployment has reached alarming levels according to Senator Marc MacSharry. According to the latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) there are 488 people under the age of 25 on the Live Register in Co. Leitrim.

Of these 374 are registered through the south Leitrim office in Carrick-on-Shannon and a further 114 are registered in Manorhamilton.

Speaking to the Leitrim Observer following the launch of Fianna Fáil’s National Strategy to Tackle Youth Unemployment, Senator MacSharry said that unemployment “is the greatest crisis facing the country”.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


In a rare move, the terms of bail have been lifted for a man charged with indecent assault to allow him to leave the jurisdiction before his trial and spend the summer in his second residence in the south of France.

The Limerick man, who cannot be identified at this time due to reporting restrictions, is alleged to have committed six counts of indecent assault on a relative on unknown dates between 1977 and 1980.

The 58-year-old accused, who resides on the outskirts of the city, took to the stand in Limerick Circuit Court to testify under oath that he would return for a hearing over the summer months and would not be a flight risk.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


A man was being questioned by Gardaí (police) last Thursday afternoon following an alleged stabbing incident in Longford town on May 30.

The incident, which involved two males, occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. on Wednesday night in the Chapel Street area of Longford town.

The Leader also understands that both parties involved knew each other and that they are from the locality.

The male who was injured in the incident is believed to be in his early 20s and was subsequently taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar where he was treated for his injuries in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Gardaí say that his injuries are not life-threatening and he was later released from the hospital. Gardaí also confirmed that an investigation in to the matter has been launched.
[Source:  Longford Leader]


The latest figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has revealed that the average age in Louth is 35.2 (lower than the national average of 36.1)

The rural population of Co. Louth was older than in urban areas by 0.3 years on average. The average age of females in the county exceeded that of males by 1.3 years.

Age dependency is a measure of the extent to which the young (aged 0-14) and older (aged 65 and over) populations are dependent on the population of working age people, defined as those aged 15 to 65 years.

The total age dependency for the State overall was 49.3% which means that the number of young and old people together were equal to 49.3% of the total number of working age people.
 [Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Castlebar man will receive $55,700 for giving a tip-off to the State to bring jobs to the country.

Castlebar native Eddie Horkan’s contacts have led to US engineering firm Intergeo Services creating 30 jobs in Carlow, rather than setting up in Scotland.