Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Antrim councilors have voiced their shock as it was revealed that a spate of recent bin thefts might be linked to a new craze in which they are burnt to provide fumes that create a high. Councilor Oran Keenan said that recycling bins contained a high petroleum content, which when burnt gave off fumes that created a high. Speaking at last week's Environment and Borough Services committee meeting at Antrim council, Councilor Keenan said that in light of this startling trend, the council should consider its policy on issuing replacement recycling bins free of charge.

(Source: The Antrim Times)   



The body of a young man, believed to be in his late teens, has been recovered from the River Bann in County Armagh, police have said. A report that someone had entered the water beside Derrycarne Road in Portadown was made on Saturday morning two weeks ago. After a search a body was recovered. Police are investigating the death, and have warned the public about the dangers of rivers that have swollen because of heavy rain.

(Source: The Examiner)



A major fundraising drive to help raise the €1 million needed to help build a new hospice in the county has gotten underway in Carlow. The new five-bed hospice will be located on the grounds of the district hospital in Carlow town and will provide hospice care for terminally ill patients in the county.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)



Cavan Institute may be forced to turn away students in a couple of weeks if the Department of Education does not increase the number of full-time places it has allocated to the further education (FE) college, which is now one of the biggest and most successful in the country.

The director of the Institute confirmed last week that demand for college places in Cavan is at an all time high with close to 3,000 applicants this year. However, the college has been allocated just 1,160 full-time places by the department, an increase of 60 on last year.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)



The Troubled Shannon-based industrial diamond company Element Six made a loss of €48 million last year, including exceptional items. Element Six general manager Ken Sullivan said last Thursday that the financial position of the company was “in dire straits”. The losses will be set out in accounts to be filed shortly. Last month, management at Element Six announced that 370 of the plant’s 450 staff would be let go, and production ended at the Clare facility.

(Source: The Irish Times)



Trees are growing through the remains of bodies buried in a Mallow graveyard and Cork County Council can't afford to do anything about it. Mallow man Frank O'Connor said last week that the roots of trees are growing through the remains of members of his family who are buried in St Gobhnait's Cemetary and he demanded that Cork County Council take action immediately to remedy the problem. "The roots of the trees are going through the bodies of my mother and brother. I want my family to be respected. The trees will have to be removed," said Mr. O'Connor, a resident of O'Sullivan's Place.

(Source: The Corkman)



A former police officer accused of being a central figure in a Chinese vice ring operating in Derry and Belfast has been banned from leaving Northern Ireland. Simon Dempsey (39) was also ordered to surrender his passport and lodge a cash surety as part of conditions under which he was granted bail. Dempsey, of East Street, Newtownards, who worked in Iraq for a Dubai-based security firm after quitting the force in 2004, was arrested as part of a UK-wide offensive targeting those bringing in foreign women to work within the sex trade.

(Source: The Derry Journal)



A proposal by the Mayor of Donegal County Council to erect a memorial to Lord Louis Mountbatten and the victims of the Mullaghmore tragedy is set to be opposed by Sinn Fein in Donegal. The controversy has arisen on this, the 30th anniversary of the atrocity. Mayor of Donegal Brendan Byrne, who has the backing of fellow Fianna Fail councilor, Sean McEniff, wants a memorial erected overlooking Donegal Bay. However, his plan has been met with opposition within local Sinn Fein ranks.

(Source: Donegal Democrat)



An Irish language school in Co Down was largely wrecked in what is believed to be an arson attack last Friday. "This is a downright disgusting act," said local SDLP councilor Eamonn O'Neill after three classrooms at Bunscoil Bheanna Boirche on Castlewellan's Circular Road went up in smoke at around 4.00am. Mr. O'Neill said it looked like arsonists took a shopping trolley from a local supermarket, filled it with newspaper, pushed it against one of the classrooms and set it on fire in what he called "a cowardly attack".

(Source: The Down Democrat)



Concerns about revised proposals for Arnotts' €1bn Northern Quarter retail scheme have been raised by Dublin city planners. Arnotts got the go-ahead last year for the massive redevelopment, which will be located in an area bounded by Henry Street, O'Connell Street, Abbey Street and Liffey Street. However, An Bord Pleanala ruled the project could only proceed if a planned 16-storey tower in the original design was omitted. In total, the board tagged on 26 separate conditions to its grant of permission, including the preservation of several protected buildings in the area. Arnotts Properties Ltd then submitted its revised plans and the city council have now expressed reservations about the new blueprint.