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This is the fourth arrest in the case to date. Three weeks ago, three men were arrested but later released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecution (D.P.P.) in relation to the trio.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A public toilet located at the bottom of Castle Hill at the Abbey Square has been scrapped after 20 years, due to costing the Town Council a staggering $22-24,000 a year.

The council decided to get rid of the Portaloo about two years ago, engaging in discussions over that period and informing operators J.C. Decaux well in advance.

Town Clerk Padraig O’Gorman said that the toilet had been “costing too much as it doesn’t bring in a great amount,” estimating that its annual takings were just roughly $1,300 a year.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


A church in Wicklow has been damaged extensively as a result of smoke and water damage following a fire last Thursday.

The blaze happened at St. Patrick’s Church in the centre of Wicklow Town.

The fire began near the Christmas crib at around 2 p.m.

It is understood that there is serious but localised fire damage in the area where the fire began but the remainder of the church has been badly damaged by smoke and water.

It is not yet known how the fire began but Gardaí (police) believe it may have been started maliciously.
[Source: RTE News]