News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties


The lucky EuroMillions Plus ticket was sold on Monday, November 12, the day before the draw, in the Centra store, Corballis Shopping Centre, Ratoath. The ticket was a $8 Quick-pick number selection.

The overall EuroMillions jackpot had reached over $216 million, and was won by a winning ticket in France.

The delighted winners, who wish their win to remain private, live in Ratoath and both work fulltime outside the home. They have a young family. They decided to travel to Dublin to collect their check as soon as possible after the draw.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The town of Monaghan has increased its milk price by two cents per liter for October supplies in response to growing demand for milk from Northern Ireland.

The move sees its milk price rise from 40 cents to 42 cents per liter for milk suppliers in the Republic of Ireland.

It follows an increase of 3 cents per liter for its suppliers in the North, from 40 cents to 43 cents per liter.
[Source: Irish Independent]


Two Labour senators are calling for the setting up of a commission of inquiry into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy.

Last Thursday in the Senate, John Kelly and John Whelan called for the establishment of an inquiry into the brutal murder in July 1985 of the Roscommon priest. They received a significant cross-party support for their initiative.

Fr. Niall Molloy’s life was taken in Clara, County Offaly, when he was a guest at a wedding.

The senators stated that the subsequent “botched investigation and cover-up” into the circumstances of his death, warrants an independent investigation, to allay mounting public disquiet.
[Source: Offaly Express]


Roscommon Town is in urgent need of a soup kitchen and hopes are now high that one can be opened by the end of the year.

Dozens of Athlone residents flocked to the charity shop and soup kitchen Twist, when it opened its doors on Monday, November 5. Now, the man behind that venture has said that he will focus on getting a premises opened in Roscommon due to the “overwhelming need” for one in the town.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A trial at a court in Sligo has heard evidence from one of the alleged victims of a nun accused of indecently assaulting pupils in a midlands national school in the 1970s.

She said Sister Mary Theresa Grogan would tell the other children to go to sleep when she called her up to her desk to correct her homework and indecently assaulted her.

The nun (62), who was formerly known as Sr. Peter, denies 63 allegations of indecently assaulting seven young girls, mostly in a classroom.
[Source: BBC News]


The National Roads Authority has compiled a list of the “State’s worst bends,” which it plans to eliminate in the interests of safety.

Authority Chief Executive Fred Barry last Wednesday told T.D.s and senators the top “50 or so” worst bends had been identified, and work was under way or at planning stage on making these safer.

The county in need of the most schemes was County Tipperary, where seven bends were identified.

These were at Ballyhusty on the N74, four schemes on the N24, including two at Kilshane, and one each at Killavalla and at Borrisokane on the N52.
[Source: Irish Times]


A new supermarket in Coalisland, which is already partially-built, has been hit with a legal challenge by a consortium of retailers.

Extensive building work has already been undertaken at the site of the old egg store at Lineside and, to date, almost $1.6 million has been spent on the project – believed to be for a new Newell Stores supermarket.

However, a consortium of retailers, said to include Centra and Supervalu, have now lodged a legal challenge at the High Court calling for a judicial review into the decision to grant the supermarket planning permission.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A member of staff of Waterford City Council was knocked over and pushed when protestors against household charges stormed City Hall Monday evening, November 12, just before the monthly council meeting was due to commence.

Gardaí (police) were called to the scene by council officials after picketers charged into the building and demanded entry to the meeting. It is believed that when admission was refused, City Council Superintendent James Forristal was forced out of the way by the angry mob.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


National Irish Bank closed its 27 branches around the country last Wednesday and rebranded as Danske Bank, with a new advisory center due to open in Athlone this week.

Danske Bank Advisory Centres will be open in nine locations this week where customers can meet advisors face-to-face.

These will be located in Athlone, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Letterkenny, and across Dublin in the I.F.S.C., Tallaght, Swords and Stillorgan.