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The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) has published its list of previously announced projects, which could be advanced if the Government secures an EU stimulus package. The list includes three Leitrim-based projects, which are spread throughout the county.

Two roads will receive the benefit of this announcement, the N4 Carrick-on-Shannon to Dromod Road and N16 Glenfarne to Glencar Road, while works on Phase One of the Leitrim Watermains Rehabilitation Project could also be brought forward.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Chief Superintendent David Sheahan attended a public meeting in Pallaskenry last Thursday evening where he addressed local fears about the future of their garda (police) station.

Meanwhile, he has confirmed that Askeaton will not be getting a new superintendent. “I don’t think that is a runner,” he told a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee June 22.

And as fears subside about the fate of Pallaskenry garda station, county councilors have unanimously called on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defense to stop closing rural stations.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Bord Na Mona workers at Lanesboro’s Mount Dillon plant were holding last Thursday the second of a two-day strike aimed at securing agreement over a pay increase.

Staff gathered outside the south Longford station as unions continue with attempts to secure a 3.5% rise in accordance with the Towards 2016 transitional agreement.

The decision by members from Siptu, Unite and the TEEU last Wednesday disrupted harvesting activities across the midlands despite leaving operations at ESB power stations untouched.
[Source: Longford Leader]


A Dundalk taxi driver was struck several times after he sought the correct fare from his two drunken passengers.

Ciaran Kilgannon (20), an apprentice plumber of Ernedale Heights, Ballyshannon and Stephen Sheerin (29), a plumber, of Kildoney, Ballyshannon were charged with public disorder and assault on a Mr. Olabe, the taxi driver.

Inspector Martin Beggy said that Mr. Olabe tried to recover his correct fare. A scuffle had broken out and he had to leave the area of the house. He had been followed and struck several times. Both defendants were “extremely drunk”, he said. The driver had cuts and bruises and was taken to hospital.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Even Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has admitted it. After all, you don’t need to be a Covey to know that Westport is the “Best Place to Live in Ireland.” The Islandeady native admitted it to The Mayo News last Monday. He even repeated the view of the outgoing Cathaoirleach of Westport Town Council, Clr. Christy Hyland who, unsurprisingly, said: “There is nothing else for us to win at this stage.”

The Taoiseach was responding to news that Westport had beaten off serious competition, from four other shortlisted places, to win The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland award.
[Source: The Mayo News]


A warning that thousands of people could take to the streets of Navan again in protest at proposals to slash services at Our Lady's Hospital has come as cost-cutting plans come under consideration by the HSE.

A draft cost-containment plan for the Louth-Meath Hospital Group, which is being considered by the HSE, outlines a number of cost-saving options, including the closure of A&E in Navan from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., cuts to orthopaedic surgery and the closure of one of the hospital's theaters.

However, while the HSE acknowledges that a number of options are under consideration, nothing has been finalized.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Being a League of Ireland fan is a bit like being Charlie Sheen's AA sponsor. You expect to be let down on a regular basis and that's just what happens.

When Monaghan United fell off the wagon and joined Sporting Fingal, Galway United, Kildare County and Kilkenny City in the ranks of the deceased, no one who follows domestic soccer was all that surprised. Monaghan came from an area with a negligible soccer tradition, had very little support and never belonged in the Premier Division in the first place.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A convicted burglar had been charged with dealing heroin two months before he knocked an 83-year-old woman unconscious in a handbag mugging.

June 21, Offaly man Trevor O’Shea (35) of Bulfin Park, Birr was given a two-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in Dublin city center in 2010.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that O’Shea was charged in January 2010 after gardai (police) arrested him with over $25,400 worth of heroin and $492 worth of cocaine.
[Source: Offaly Express}


Connacht Gold is to set up a new dairy demonstration farm in Co. Roscommon, the Farming Independent has learned.