Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Mayo News)



Recruitment for up to 50 emergency call answering service operators for a new call center in Navan is now underway. BT Ireland was awarded the Government contract to provide the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) in May and will start taking live calls next February from its offices in the IDA Business Park in Navan. BT has appointed Conduit, one of Europe's leading providers of outsourced contact center services, to recruit and manage the operators on its behalf.

(Source: The Meath Chronicle)



Over 60 refugees from Africa will be re-homed in Monaghan later this year under a special United Nations resettlement program, the County Council has revealed.
The 66 refugees, who are all from the Democratic Republic of Congo, are due to arrive in early November after an eight-week orientation period in County Mayo. A council spokesperson said: “Although no decisions have been made on the location of the families at this stage, it is envisaged they will be resettled in the towns of Monaghan and Carrickmacross.”
 The eight families to be resettled in Monaghan have been the victims of violence and torture.

(Source: The Monaghan Post)



An Application has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála for a €300 million 325 megawatt gas-fired power station in Ferbane, Co Offaly. The application by Offaly-based Lumcloon Energy, which plans to feed into the national grid at peak times as a back-up to wind energy, could create 50 jobs. The proposed plant would operate on the site of the former ESB peat-burning Ferbane power station, which was demolished in 2002. Lumcloon Energy applied to the Commission on Energy Regulation in 2008. It is hoping to be granted a license this year. Lumcloon Energy spokesman John Gallagher said the plant would create 500 jobs during construction and a further 50 permanent positions on completion.

(Source: The Irish Times)



Plans to develop a new mart at Emmoo outside Roscommon town have been given the green light following the withdrawal of an appeal to An Bord Pleanala. The plans by Roscommon Co-Operative Livestock Marts Ltd. have received the signal to go ahead following the withdrawal in recent weeks of an appeal against the proposed new mart at Emmoo, Kilteevan.

The plans were given the go ahead by Roscommon County Council in December 2008 but were subsequently appealed to An Bord Pleanala by Sean D. Brennan and his brothers David and Tony Brennan, who own property close to where the new mart will be built.

(Source: The Roscommon Herald)



The Office of Public Works and Bord Failte have been lashed by a local TD over what he said was the lack of cooperation he received in helping an Asian television crew visit the county's beauty spots. "It is time our tourist board and State agencies, such as the Office of Public Works, got real about promoting this region as a tourist destination and prove that they are not simply toothless quangos," said Deputy John Perry. The crew spent 21 days in Ireland during which it visited Sligo to film some of the best tourist attractions in the county. The Fine Gael TD claimed Fáilte Ireland North West "displayed little or no interest in getting involved." And, as an example of his alleged lack of cooperation, he said the film crew was unable to access Parke's Castle because the OPW would have had to receive proof of insurance as well as "signing all manner of disclaimers and indemnity forms."

(Source: The Sligo Champion)



A company based in Roscrea is hoping to buck the current recession with plans to create approximately 300 jobs in the homecare sector. FRS Homecare, which is based at Parkmore in the town, hopes to create 300 jobs over the next 18 months through the provision of respite care. The fledgling company, which provide care services in the home to the elderly, convalescents and people with disabilities, was only launched last year, but has expanded rapidly in the meantime and hopes to create numerous high quality posts in the nursing and homecare sector in the coming years.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



Police are appealing for information after an attempt was made to rob a cash transit van in Coalisland on Thursday afternoon last. At midday, staff of the van reported that a number of masked and armed men approached the vehicle at Annagher Road. However, they did not gain access to the van. The previous night members of a family living nearby were held hostage by armed men who took their car. Police remained at the scene while investigations continued.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)



Waterford city is now dying a slow death having squandered its future during the boom years.

Figures show a catastrophic slump in planning applications that will result in gaping holes in the city’s finances along with increased job losses and dereliction. The bleak picture emerged after the City Council revealed that the number of planning applications received had almost halved in the past two years. “It looks as though we will fall short of what we had predicted in the estimates. Not only are the number of applications down significantly but the scale of the developments are nothing like what we would have been seeing previously,” conceded John Andrews, Senior Planner, Water-ford City Council.