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It is understood that it was carrying packets of aluminum phosphide, a pesticide used to kill rodents. However, when it becomes wet it can become unstable and release gas.

Almost 20 people were treated as a result of the toxic gas leak.
[Source: BBC News]


The Real I.R.A. mob who gunned down gangland godfather Eamon Kelly have issued a chilling death threat against a well-known bodybuilder. Muscle fanatic Sean Enright (32) has been warned R.I.R.A. mobsters are planning to assassinate him.

Gardaí (police) paid a visit to Enright – who previously survived a gangland hit by the same dissident faction – to inform him of the threat last week.

The warning comes as Gardaí step up their investigation into the murder of notorious mobster Kelly. He was shot three times in the chest with a handgun as he walked towards his home at Furry Park Road in Killester on Tuesday afternoon.

Sources say that the new threat against Enright (32) could be linked to his close friendship with a member of the Kelly family.
[Source: Evening Herald]


The large influx of media arriving in Fermanagh for the G8 Summit in June should all be prepared to be in bed before 11 p.m. each night.

That’s the message of local councilor John O’Kane, who said that any pressmen, objectors or visitors should be advised they will only be able to get a drink up to 11 p.m. on certain nights at certain pubs in the county as the P.S.N.I. have objected to many Article 44 applications.

These applications only permit the sale of alcohol until 11 p.m. unless there is live entertainment or the premises are serving food.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Organized traveling gangs are carrying out between five and seven burglaries every single night across County Galway – and yet householders are not securing their properties adequately.

Gardaí (police) are advising rural householders in Galway to seriously consider installing alarms following another spate of burglaries that have occurred over the past two weeks.

But one of the leading alarms companies in the county has told The Connacht Tribune that there has not been any noticeable demand for their services despite Galway having been subjected to dozens of break-ins over the past month.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Kerry G.A.A. finances were badly hit over the course of a "challenging year," according to Treasurer John Joe Carroll, with falling revenue and dramatic drop in crowds for county championship games.

In his report to Monday night’s convention, Carroll will tell delegates that income has decreased by 11 percent, while attendances in the county have plummeted by 22 percent on 2011 figures.

Carroll also believes live television coverage of the county football final may be a double-edged sword.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


A Kildare man, whose daughter died in a fire on the Curragh almost seven years ago, lost his own life in a fire in a vacant house in Kildare Town in the early hours of Friday morning, November 30.

The body of William “Biller” Farrell (53) was found in the property at Leinster Walk by emergency services that attended the scene. Gardaí (police) in Kildare were alerted to the fire at approximately 5 a.m. A passer-by raised the alarm after spotting smoke coming from the property, which had been unoccupied for a number of years.

A number of units from the County Kildare Fire Service attended the scene and brought the fire under control. Mr. Farrell’s remains were discovered by members of the emergency services.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Six men remain in detention following a Garda (police) operation in south Kilkenny last Monday morning.

Gardaí carried out searches of seven properties in the area, as part of an investigation into organized crime. The operation was launched from Thomastown Garda Station – and six men, in their late 20s to early 40s, have been detained in Thomastown, Waterford, and Wexford Garda stations.

The men are being questioned in relation to a number of aggravated burglaries and armed raids in the region. Under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, they may be held for up to seven days.
[Source: Kilkenny People]


Staff cuts at Laois County Council are being blamed for the erratic opening hours of the St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Portlaoise.

In a statement to the Leinster Express, the council explained that the opening hours for the main gate in Portlaoise Cemetery are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The cemetery is closed on Saturday, except for funerals. It is opened on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The statement went on to confirm that staff cuts have had an impact on opening hours.
[Source: Leinster Express]