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“As far as I am concerned the decision has been made by faceless people in the Department of Justice,” he said last Tuesday (September 18).
[Source: Derry Journal]


Dan Allen of Muff is a man with great foresight.

He bought a new car number plate from the DVLA the night before Donegal beat Cork. The registration number: DL 12 SAM.

Clever Dan paid $1,600 – his winning bid for the number plate.

The following day, the DVLA phoned him to ask him the significance of the number plate, as they had received over 200 calls enquiring about the purchase of it. So, a delighted Dan explained the background to them.

Since then Dan has turned down $16,000 for this unique plate.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The funerals had taken place last Wednesday of Ulster rugby starlet Nevin Spence, his father Noel and brother Graham, who all died in slurry tank farm accident on their Northern Ireland farm.

The service was held at Ballynahinch Baptist Church, Co. Down.

Noel (68) and brothers, Graham (30) and Nevin (22) all died trying to save each other on the family farm near Hillsborough.

The sole survivor of the tragedy, Nevin's sister Emma – who tried in vain to save her dad and brothers – told mourners at the funeral "they were gentlemen."
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Murdered Alan Ryan’s gang has drawn up a hit-list of criminals they believe gunned down the Real IRA boss.

Ryan’s pals have been intimidating local drug dealers for information on the killing, the Herald can reveal.

The gang has now compiled a short-list of two prominent names they believe are behind the murder.

“The RIRA boys have been making their own inquiries with local drug dealers – it seems they have received a good level of cooperation there,” a source said.
[Source: Evening Herald]


An Ederney man who admitted harassing a woman he met through a community-based course has been told to stay away from the woman and not to attempt to contact her either at home or at her place of work.

Imposing an 18-month probation order and a restraining order on Cyril Albert Irvine (35) from Glassmullagh, Ederney District Judge Liam McNally told the defendant he had no doubt his conduct over a six-month period caused “a great deal of trauma to this lady” but rather than sending him directly to prison the judge said he would like him to address the issues which cause him to act in this manner.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Community and social projects in the south Connemara area could be in for a windfall if a wind farm project in the Lettermucu area gets the planning go ahead.
Gaoi an Iarthair Teo is offering a fund totaling over $1.4 million over a 20-year period to organizations within a 10 mile radius of the proposed wind farm – from the time the business comes into operation.
The initial fund would be $320,000 with yearly additions of $65,000 in the two decades following. A spokesman for the company said that an independent group would be set up to assess applications and make payments.
 [Source: Galway Bay FM]


The population appears to have fallen dramatically in rural areas in south Kerry in a drift towards the towns of Cahersiveen, Killorglin, Killarney and Kenmare, according to a new draft plan to go before the public for comment.

A substantial number of people still living in the countryside travel for work in Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin and elsewhere, according to the report covering the section of the Ring of Kerry from Cahersiveen to Sneem.

In the wider rural Waterville area the population has fallen by eight percent in the last five years but some of the surrounding town lands have lost more than 22 percent.
[Source: Irish Times]


Undercover Gardaí (police) are targeting local markets where illegal cigarettes may be sold, according to a senior Garda spokesperson.

This follows the revelation, in a recent survey, that Co. Kildare – and Newbridge, in particular – has one of the highest levels of illegal cigarette sales in the country. Traders throughout the county have expressed frequent concerns about the amount of illegally imported cigarettes being sold on the street and at local markets.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


The casual traders of Kilkenny Farmers’ Market have been granted their long-standing wish to move their stalls into the center of the Parade on a trial basis, beginning last Thursday.

Until last week, the traders were based on the gravel walk on the east side of the Parade. However, for two years now, they have been making submissions to the council asserting that the location is not suitable.

Two submissions made during a recent review of the local casual trading by-laws said that the gravel walk was too far away from the main thoroughfare of the town, lacked visibility, was difficult to keep clean, and even posed a health and safety risk.
[Source: Kilkenny People]