Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Drogheda Independent)



Paul Stack and Amanda McNally from Ballinrobe Road, Westport were star struck on their first day as a married couple Saturday before last when they bumped into none other than U2 front man Bono as they relaxed after their wedding in the Castlecourt Hotel. Bono was in the middle of a flying visit to Westport when he took time out to pose with the newly-weds. Joe Corcoran from the Castlecourt Hotel said the world famous star mingled with guests as he popped in for lunch and a pint of Guinness. “He was really down to earth, he chatted away to people and was clearly in a relaxed mood,” said Joe.

(Source: The Mayo News)



Staff at the Kells Heritage Center could be balloted for strike action over the proposed closure of the facility unless there are meaningful talks with Kells Town Council on the issue, the SIPTU trade union has warned. The union has warned that its members who work there would be given the option to take strike action. Workers at the centre were informed on Thursday last week that the center would close on Sunday last.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)



Smithboro based business Grove Turkeys has confirmed that it planned to make 40 employees redundant last Friday. This news follows a number of lay off periods at the food processing company earlier this year. A spokesperson for the company described the decision as “regrettable” and said it was necessary to ensure that the business remains viable.

(Source: The Monaghan Post)



The long-awaited new school building at Coláiste Choilm, Tullamore, looks set to become a reality, after the Town Council issued the Board of Management last week with notice of its intention to grant planning permission, subject to there being no appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

If all goes to plan, the development will mark the end of an era that has spanned a half-century, with the demolition of all but one of the existing school buildings, prefabricated buildings and outhouses and the construction of a new 575 pupil (5,550 square meter) secondary school building over three storey and part two storey and single storey.

(Source: The Offaly Express)



The planned introduction of drug rehabilitation programs at Castlerea prison, and more specifically a methadone program, sparked concerns last week that such programs will only attract “hard drugs” into the town. The Irish Prison Service confirmed last week that drug rehabilitation programs, including methadone maintenance programs, are on the way for the Castlerea facility.

(Source: The Roscommon Herald)



The Garda's (police) new CCTV system in Sligo City and its environs is now fully operational, and has been described by Supt. Michael Barrett as "a welcome addition to our policing strategy." He said personnel at Sligo Garda Station who were trained to a strict code of practice monitored the system on a 24-hour basis. "The system is beneficial in relation to the investigation of various crimes," said the Superintendent, who added that it was also helpful in traffic control and diversions as well as identifying and controlling public order hot spots. As well as help solve crime, the presence of the system also acts as a deterrent. In addition, he said it helped generate a sense of security among the local community.

(Source: The Sligo Champion)



South Tipperary Fianna Fail T.D., Mr. Mattie McGrath has called for further clarification and discussion on the establishment of the State's new "bad bank" before indicating whether he will support its enactment. The Newcastle man last week stated that the last thing he wanted was that developers would get their hands on property taken over by the National Management Asset Agency for knock down prices. Mr. McGrath stated that he was not happy to support the NAMA and wanted public clarification.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



A family have been held hostage overnight by a gang plotting an armed robbery, it was disclosed last Friday. They were held for more than 12 hours by the gang before it failed in a bid to rob a cash in transit van on the Annagher Road in Coalisland, on Thursday afternoon last. The previous night the gang members who forced their way into their home held the family of three living near the scene. They were kept hostage until just before 12.30 on Thursday afternoon when the armed and masked gang approached the cash van but failed to gain access. The gang made off empty handed in the family's black Mazda 6 - with a GHZ registration - which has not yet been located.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)



Fears are mounting that a peace brokered between travelers in the city may be hanging in the balance following the shooting of a young man and the burning out of caravans in recent days. Twenty-three-year-old Martin Burke, originally from the city, suffered facial injuries during a shooting in Shandon Halting site in Dungarvan two weeks ago. He underwent surgery at Waterford Regional Hospital and has since been discharged. Unconfirmed reports claim that his eyesight will be affected by his injuries. No arrests have yet been made and the investigation is ongoing according to a Garda (police) spokesperson.