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“As local MP I have taken prominent visitors to see the company’s operations at their existing site and they, like me, have always been impressed by the quality, volume and value of the business.

“The firm were also sharing with us that they were feeling the constraints and age of the Rossdowney plant.”
[Source: Derry Journal]


A Donegal-born businessman has been named as one of the 50 best-paid executives on Wall Street.
Liam McGee is CEO of Hartford Financial Services, one of the biggest insurance and wealth-management firms in the US.

He turned down the chance to run the bailed-out Allied Irish Banks (AIB), where salaries are capped at €500,000 a year.

Before he joined the US firm in 2009 McGee was tipped as the front-runner to manage AIB.However, it would have meant signing up for a maximum €500,000-a-year salary and McGee took the job at Hartford instead where his starting salary was $1.1m in 2009, and has since risen to $1.4m.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


With the news that Kilbroney Forest Park in Rostrevor has been successful in its bid to host the Mountain Bike Downhill and Cross Country events in next year’s World Police and Fire Games, The Examiner caught up with one of the chief organizers of the event to find out what exactly this means for the area.

Newry man Glyn O’Brien is a firefighter stationed in Armagh. A keen biking enthusiast, he tasted success in the World Police and Fire Games held in Canada in 2009, winning two gold medals and a silver in the downhill biking events. As appointed Sports Coordinator for the project, Glyn will play a central role in ensuring the Kilbroney events run smoothly.

“Securing Kilbroney Park for the mountain biking event of the World Police/ Fire games is an excellent opportunity for Newry and Mourne to showcase the world what this area has to offer” says Glyn.
[Source: The Examiner Newspaper]


Rogue builder Tom McFeely's wife is fighting to stay in their $13m Ballsbridge home for at least a year.
McFeely is set to lose his Ailsbury Road home after defaulting on the mortgage of nearly $13m -- but his wife has appealed for more time to move out.

She wants to be allowed remain in the home until one of the couple's teenage children finishes school next summer.

There was no response from the McFeely home when the Herald called last Thursday.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Enniskillen firm Webtech NI has defied the difficult economic conditions to invest $7m as part of a massive refurbishment of their premises at the Killyhevlin Industrial estate.

The company that provides flexible packaging solutions to the food and drinks industry was established in 1987 and has grown to become one of the largest suppliers in the UK and Ireland employing 120 people.

This investment has allowed the addition of 20,000 square feet of factory space, and the installation of a new, state-of-the-art, 10 color Windmoller & Holscher printing press. Alongside this investment in space and machinery, the business has created new modern open plan office space, added numerous new meeting rooms, and upgraded employee facilities throughout.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Last ditch efforts to save Galway Airport by sourcing a new airline have failed and it is expected that the operation will shut down permanently next month.

While Galway Chamber of Commerce, the main shareholder in the airport, was trying to retain it as a viable transport hub for the city, it now appears that the gates will finally close on the Carnmore airport.

And it is now understood that the IDA and Enterprise Ireland will be approached over the coming weeks with a view to locating an industry at the 115 acre site.

It is also understood that the airport board are also considering the possibility of using it as a park and ride facility for the city.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Four young children are left without a father after a car crash claimed the life of Castleisland taxi driver Paudie Fitzmaurice (46) outside the town in the early hours of June 3.

Castleisland and Brosna, his native home, are in shock following the tragic single vehicle accident which occurred at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, roughly three miles outside Castleisland on the Scartaglin road.

The crash happened just one fortnight before Mr. Fitzmaurice was to begin a new career in addiction counseling.

Mr. Fitzmaurice had just driven a passenger home in his taxi and was on his way back to Castleisland at the time of the crash. Gardai (police) are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
[Source: The Kerryman]


Residents of a Monasterevin housing estate say that it’s only a matter of time before there is a serious accident or fatality in the area.

Brocan Wood estate is located on the Cowpasture Road. It was to have been a house estate, to be built in three phases, with a crèche and a shop included in the development.