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Sinn Fein has branded the signs a “provocative stunt” by Department of Regional Development minister Danny Kennedy.

In turn the Ulster Unionist minister has said there has been an overreaction to the new signage scheme.
[Source: Derry Journal]

DONEGAL

An Arranmore curate has told his congregation that any legislation on abortion should not be passed under the terms of the X case, saying he believed that would make Irish abortion laws the most liberal in Europe.

Speaking on the island two Sundays ago, Father John Joe Duffy told parishioners that he welcomed the decision of Donegal County Council, who voted at their regular meeting last month to oppose any form of legislation of abortion.
 [Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

An 86-year-old woman has been knocked to the ground and injured by a man who stole her handbag in Newtownards, County Down.

She was attacked in the Donaghadee Road area of the town shortly after 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
She was taken to hospital to be treated for her injuries which are not believed to be life threatening at this stage.
[Source: BBC News]

DUBLIN

He was “the youngest of three remarkable children born to Michael and Ellen Houlihan of Reineen, Castleisland,” Co. Kerry, Ann Houlihan told the congregation at St. Kevin’s Church on Dublin’s Harrington Street in today.

She was speaking at the end of a funeral Mass for her uncle journalist Con Houlihan (86) who died at St James Hospital at the weekend following a long illness.

“We thought him the gentlest of giants, the uncle who coaxed me from behind the sofa with bananas when I was terrified of his mountainous presence. We would migrate top his orbit at pitches and race tracks around Kerry, never realizing he was already an institution.”
[Source: Irish Times]

FERMANAGH

A $310,000 facelift for Enniskillen town center is on the cards with the hope that environmental improvements will help encourage High Street investment.

Fermanagh District Council has formally committed itself to taking the lead in the $310,000 Enniskillen main thoroughfare spruce-up scheme.

The money has yet to be awarded by the Department of Social Development (DSD) and, at last week’s council meeting members were informed that, due to the delay on the part of DSD in coming forward with the funding, the original economic appraisal for the scheme had to be updated at the cost of an extra $9,000.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

GALWAY

The parents of the young Tuam man, who was subjected to a vicious attack last weekend, have said that they are now more hopeful that their son will make a recovery from his serious head injuries.

Shane Grogan (22) remains unconscious in the Beaumont Hospital but his parents Joe and Joan have told The Connacht Tribune that they are much more positive about their son’s condition than they were immediately after the attack.

Shane and his girlfriend were returning home in the early hours of August 5 following an enjoyable day out at the Galway Races when he was attacked.

He sustained serious head injuries after a piece of concrete curbing is understood to have been thrown at him.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]

KERRY

NAMA is now in control of $234 million worth of land, houses and other property in Kerry according to figures contained in the agency's 2011 annual report.

Kerry comes ninth in the list of Irish counties containing the most NAMA-controlled property. All properties controlled by the agency are valued at November 2009 levels, which coincide with the President's signing of the NAMA Bill into law.

Other figures released by NAMA show that the agency is currently involved in enforcement action in relation to 43 of the properties it controls in Kerry.
[Source: The Kerryman]

KILDARE

Kildare Co. Council has no hope of collecting the remaining 45 percent of unpaid household charges within the next few months and is facing a total loss of $2.7m in government funding as a result.

Community grants and services, including repairs to elderly persons’ homes, are likely to be hit as a result.

Councilors gathered for their meeting on Monday two weeks ago in the shadow of a government announcement that the council’s allocation for the third quarter of this year, which was originally to be $24,763,042, is being reduced by $694,660.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

KILKENNY

Ryan Rhys Griffiths (18), a student of Kilkenny College, is among a group of young ambitious Irish chess players forging a successful path across Europe this summer.

Ryan joins Kilkenny-based juniors as John Courtney, Sarah Jane Hearne, Catherine Hearne and Eoin Minnock in raising the profile of Irish chess and Ireland abroad. A Fide Chess Master, Ryan had an exceptional tournament at the 87th Paris Chess Championships in July, where he scored four wins and four draws against eight international masters and chess grandmasters to win the trophy for best performing Junior.
[Source: Kilkenny People]

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