News from Ireland - news from around the 32 counties



A man from County Monaghan has pleaded guilty at a Dublin court to possessing an improvised explosive device in Northern Ireland two years ago.

Paul Maguire (26) with a last address at Drumleek South, Castleblayney, appeared at the Special Criminal Court.

He admitted unlawful possession of a device with intent to endanger life at Culloville in Co. Armagh in 2010.

He was charged under a law which allows suspects to be charged in the Republic or Northern Ireland.
[Source: BBC News]


An Offaly man and a British woman have been imprisoned in Dubai after being convicted of committing an “indecent act.”

Conor McRedmond from Tullamore and Rebecca Blake from Surrey in England were both sentenced to three months in prison and then deportation after being charged with “breach of honor with consent” and committing “an indecent act in a taxi.” Both denied the charges and are expected to appeal.

They had pleaded guilty to a further charge related to consumption of alcohol in public.
[Source: Offaly Express]


A 49-year-old man has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice in tampering with a urine drink driving sample.

Kevin Rogers of Mote Demesne, Roscommon is charged with carrying out the offence on March 5.

An application was made for C.C.T.V. footage from a post office to be released by Gardaí (police) and provided to the accused’s solicitor.

Garda Inspector Paul Cuttle confirmed to Roscommon District Court that this would be done.
[Source: RTÉ News]


Sligo Regional Hospital continues to spend $1.1 million per month over its approved budget, according to the most recent figures by the H.S.E. two weeks ago.

Statistics from the H.S.E. showed that Sligo Regional Hospital is already $9.6 million over its allocated budget for the first nine months of the year. Cavan General Hospital was also found to be spending over budget; it is $6.1 million in surplus of the budget for the nine months of the year to September 30.

The local health office of Sligo/Leitrim is $2.6 million over its budget also, the performance report showed that the local health offices are spending over $250,000 a month more than their budget allows.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


The Junior Minister for Transport, Alan Kelly, has dismissed as “laughable” comments made by Nenagh Town Councilor Tom Mulqueen on the Labour Party and the downgrading of Nenagh Hospital.

“I generally don’t respond to attacks from opposition councilors in the local press, given the fact that many of them seem to have little else to do except attack me, but given the level of hypocrisy that Clr. Mulqueen was spouting about me, the Labour Party and the Friends of Nenagh Hospital in [the] edition of your newspaper [two weeks ago], I felt obliged to on this occasion,” Deputy Kelly said in a statement.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Two men have appeared at Dungannon Magistrate's Court over a serious stabbing incident in Cookstown two weeks ago.

Steven Dean Patrick McCloskey (22) and Liam Patrick James Campbell (30) both from Molesworth Street, Cookstown, have been charged with the attempted murder of a male on Monday, November 12.
Police have said the victim, a 33-year-old male, was stabbed in a house in the Killymoon Street
area, sustaining wounds which are serious but not life threatening.

It is understood that he is a foreign national.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Three Waterford properties are up for grabs in the Allsop Space Property Auction including a former city restaurant, which is likely attract strong interest when the auction takes place on Tuesday, December 4.

The property on 21 William Street, which extends to 8,000 square feet and contains office space on the upper floors, was previously on the market for $626,000. It was then reduced to $500,000 and now Allsop Space is offering the property for just $284,000.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A new community initiative, which aims to rejuvenate the Kilbeggan area, held a fundraising four-mile fun run and walk last weekend.

Renew Kilbeggan is a new group established by a group of locals during the summer, with the intention of giving the town a bit of a facelift and a general spruce-up over the next few months.

Among the projects they hope to tackle include resurrecting some old shop fronts, cleaning up derelict buildings and also encouraging the set-up of new businesses in the area. However, first on the group's to-do list is a clean-up of the old Protestant cemetery and church yard, set to take place over the next few weeks.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


Well-known Wexford barman Manus O’Donnell, who was missing for one month, was laid to rest last Thursday.