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Belfast International Airport has slammed Aer Lingus for allegedly failing to give an “explanation that makes sense” over its decision to shift its services away from Aldergrove later this year.

The comments come after the airline confirmed that from this autumn, its operations at BIA would move to George Best Belfast City Airport.

While BIA conceded that it was “aware” talks had been going on between Aer Lingus and the City Airport for “quite some time,” it said that it was yet to receive the explanation it had asked for.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Newry and Mourne District Council has received an earmarked first-round pass of $1.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) program for the Ring of Gullion project, it was announced last Tuesday. The project aims to conserve built and natural heritage, increase community participation in local heritage, and increase access to and learning about the landscape and its heritage.

Development funding of $9,700 has also been awarded to help Newry and Mourne District Council progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Four suspected members of a group believed to be responsible for some of the most high-profile crimes in the southeast over the last two years were brought before Carlow District Court two weeks ago.

A total of seven men were arrested by Gardaí (police) two weeks ago as part of an intelligence-led investigation into the activities of organized groups, which are believed to be responsible for more than 70 crimes committed in Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford over the past 12 months.

Gardaí said the crimes include aggravated burglary, armed robbery, ATM robberies, attempted ATM theft, unauthorized taking of vehicles, theft of plant machinery and criminal damage.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A Cavan-born judge has been appointed to the hearing of cases involving several high-profile former Anglo Irish bank executives brought before the Criminal Courts in Dublin in recent days.

Cormac Dunne from Cavan town was present when, last Monday, former Anglo Irish Bank finance director, Willie McAteer, and the bank's former managing director for Ireland, Patrick Whelan, were charged, and again last Tuesday, when former Anglo Irish Bank chairman and chief executive Sean FitzPatrick was brought before the court.

All three men face fraud charges relating to giving unlawful financial assistance to 16 named individuals, including Ballyconnell businessman Sean Quinn and his family, in connection with the purchase of shares in the then Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Plc, now the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC).
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Clare County Councilors have reacted angrily to the fact the council may have to pay $1,230 for the removal of telephone kiosks, which have been labeled as “magnets for anti-social behavior.”

Two North Clare councilors last week requested that Clare County Council ask Eircom to remove telephone kiosks in Lahinch, which Councilor Bill Slattery claimed “are being used as public toilets and for other anti-social activity.”

The phone-boxes are located on Main Street and at the Liscannor Road Junction in the resort town. “It is obvious that the kiosks are not being used,” Councilor Richard Nagle stated. “Everyone has a mobile phone now.”
[Source: Clare Champion]


There is four times as much oil off the coast of Cork at Barryroe than was originally thought, a discovery warmly welcomed by business leaders in Cork after the announcement last Wednesday.

Studies carried out in March this year show that there is between one and 1.6 billion barrels of oil at the oil field, four times as much was originally expected.

While the actual retrievable amount of barrels of oil will be dependent on drilling, production and other costs, there is still expected to be significant amounts entering the millions.
[Source: Cork Independent]


The number of couples getting married in Derry is on the rise, new figures reveal.

Provisional figures just released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) reveal there were 527 marriages in Derry in 2011 with civil ceremonies accounting for almost one third (31%) of all marriages in the city last year.

In 2010, a total of 460 marriages took place in the city.

The latest figures further show that the average age of brides and grooms has come down for the first time since 2005.
[Source: Derry Journal]


A link to our local heritage was unearthed recently with the discovery of a number of partially-completed millwheels.

The hand-carved stone wheels were found in a bog land area near Creeslough by local hill walkers. This area was where the wheels would have been manufactured many years ago.