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All three were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for treatment, where one male is said to be in a serious condition.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Bord na Móna made loss before tax of $3.6m for the year ending March 2012, it was announced last Monday.

The company saw a marginal increase in total revenue, but EBITDA was down by 15.9% to $75.1m from $89.3m.

Bord na Móna blamed this on the prolonged closure of West Offaly Power Station while a refit was being carried out, and reduced fuel sales resulting from a mild winter.

There was also significant non-cash impairment to the company’s resource recovery business of $29m.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


The chief executive of the Roscommon Herald newspaper has initiated High Court proceedings aimed at restraining his dismissal.

Lawyers for Brian Nerney secured permission from the High Court last Tuesday to serve injunction proceedings against Thomas Crosbie Holdings Ltd. at short notice.

Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy made the application returnable to July 25. The application for short service of the proceedings was made ex-parte (one side only represented). In his action, Mr. Nerney, Carrick Road, Boyle, Co. Roscommon is seeking orders including one restraining TCH Ltd. from terminating his contract.
[Source: Irish Times]


Veteran Sligo newsman Tommie Gorman has spoken of his toughest ever assignment and how the grueling eight-week Michaela McAreavey murder trial in Mauritius affected both himself and the bereaved families. .

In an in-depth interview with The Sligo Champion, RTE's Northern Editor tells how he was taken aback by the “distinct lack of taste” with which some aspects of the controversial trial was conducted; the palpable sense of pain and sadness endured by the McAreavey and Harte families; the “frightening mini-riot” which erupted at the announcement of the “not guilty” verdicts, and his own difficulties in being so far away from loved ones for so long. "It was by far the most difficult job I have ever done. There was no escaping the intensity of it, the sheer sadness of it, the unfairness of it. You would find yourself dreaming about it at night," Mr. Gorman revealed.
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Three members of Thurles Town Council, along with members of Thurles Hospital Action Committee, handed in a petition at Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament) signed by 8,548 people calling for the restoration of 22 beds in the Hospital of the Assumption.

The figure from the petition did not include the 5,000 names already gathered in a previous petition, making a total of over 13,000 who are against closing beds at the community facility.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Dungannon Borough Council is bottom of the heap when it comes to dealing with littering issues, the Courier has learned.

According to recent figures, only two Fixed Penalty Notices were issued in the Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough over the course of one year, placing them second last in a list of council littering policies. Only in Strabane were less Fixed Penalty Notices for littering issued . . . it had none for the year.

The Courier has published several stories in the past dealing with the scale of littering in the Dungannon borough and the latest figures for litter notices makes for grim reading.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Neighborly concern led Gardaí (police) to discover an elaborate cannabis growing facility in the bedrooms of a house at 29 Elm Park, Tramore and a second cannabis factory at a second residence in the town.

Two bedrooms had been taken over by the harvesting of the drugs, with plants in various stages of growth and cannabis drying out on hangers in the wardrobe, while ready to use cannabis was also located in jars.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


The Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones had come out strongly against cohabiting couples last week, saying that it brings children into an "unstable environment" where the couple are unwilling to commit themselves to marriage.

The bishop made the controversial comments at a marriage jubilee celebration in Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Athlone, on July 22 attended by hundreds of people, including a large number of married couples from all over the diocese and their families.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A man has appeared before Gorey District Court on a number of charges relating to a fatal crash in Courtown Harbor on June 15.

Paul Byrne (19) with an address at Ballinatray, Courtown was arrested on Tuesday, July 24 by Gardaí (police) in Gorey and later charged. He appeared in court last Wednesday before Judge Gerard Haughton where he was formally charged with a number of offenses relating to the June 15 crash in which another 19-year-old man lost his life when the jeep he was in broke through a wall and into the harbor at Courtown.
[Source: Wexford Echo]