News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties


The N.M.S. has expressed its opposition to the idea that the Market Cross be transferred back to its original site at Cross Street, saying that it was not convinced its safety from traffic or vandalism could be secured there.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


One of New Zealand's wealthiest businessmen has died at his horse stud in Kentucky.

Eamon Cleary was born in 1960 in County Monaghan, Ireland, and was a fixture in the top-10 of New Zealand's Rich List.

Earlier this year the National Business Review estimated he was worth $1 billion, with a range of assets across four continents.

On Sunday, September 23, Barry Robinette, farm manager at Clear Sky Farms, a horse stud in Lexington, Kentucky, which Mr. Cleary established in 2009, confirmed the Irishman had died the previous day.
[Source: The Dominion Post]


Offaly men are more likely to remarry than their female counterparts.

Nearly 35.1 percent of ever-divorced men remarried compared with only 27.5 percent of women.

Census 2011 showed that a total of 604 people in the county were remarried following dissolution of their marriage.

The proportion of the population (aged 15 years and over) who were divorced was 2.3 percent (1,340 people) in 2011 compared to 2.4 percent for the State, while 3,314 people (5.6 percent) were widowed in the county.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Roscommon County Council has been criticized for not taking seriously the health and safety of the people of Tibohine, after its decision to grant another waste facility permit at a site in the area.

Last month, the Council granted Biocore Environmental AD1 Limited a waste facility permit for 19,000 tons of waste. This was despite of objections raised by Tibohine residents, Tibohine Action Group, Tibohine Community Friends, AWN Consulting and the Inland Fisheries Ireland.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


These anti-Zionist slogans have appeared along one of Sligo's busiest roads.

In green and red ink, they were daubed on a wall at the entrance to steps beside Markievicz Road.

The steps lead up to Barrack Street, which overlooks the town.

The slogans call for a "Free Palestine" and "Zion Out."
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Work is continuing on the revamped town square in Templemore following a protest two weeks ago by residents and traders in the area. Traders and residents Peter O’Connor, John Walsh and Francis Murphy had parked their cars in The Square, preventing contractors from moving on to phase two of the work.

The protest came to an end following talks between the protesters and Templemore Town Council, during which Mr. Walsh took ill and was brought to hospital.

At last Monday’s Templemore Town Council meeting, Mayor Maura Byrne said she was “delighted to see work on The Square continuing following talks and that the work is going to continue without protest.”
[Source: Tipperary Star]


A Dungannon man with a passion for writing saw his work go on the shelves last week.

Matthew McKernan, from Viewfort in the town, is one of the writers of an exciting new comic style detective magazine called Pulp Detective.

It is a monthly short-story magazine based on the pulp fiction magazines popularized in the first half of the 20th Century.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


As part of the ongoing operation Diversity, Customs Officers and Waterford Divisional Drugs unit have seized a further 9.5 kilograms of synthetic drugs that had been destined for Waterford City.

The drugs had originated in China and were intercepted prior to arrival in Waterford City.

The value of the drugs seized today has a street value of $427,365 bringing the total value of the seizures in this operation to $1.5 million, with $1 million seized last week.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


Westmeath T.D. Willie Penrose has described Róisín Shortall's resignation as "a warning shot" to the government and to Fine Gael, in particular.

Ms. Shortall last Wednesday resigned as Minister of State at the Department of Health, saying she could no longer continue in the role because of a "lack of support for the reforms in the program for government and the values that underpin it."

Deputy Penrose, who himself resigned as a Labour Party Minister of State last year, over the closure of Columb Barracks in Mullingar, discussed Ms. Shortall's decision on Midlands 103 last Thursday morning.

"This is a warning shot across the bows of Government, and especially to the Fine Gael element therein, that we are not there to be walked upon or to roll over," he said.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A popular young man who drowned while diving near the Saltee Islands was laid to rest last Friday in Castledockerell, Enniscorthy.