Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A device exploded last Thursday outside the home of relatives of a policeman in Northern Ireland. The Real IRA claimed responsibility after the suspected bomb ignited outside the policeman's parents' home in Shantallow, Londonderry, early in the morning. A car was damaged but there were no injuries, police said.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)        



The time is right for Newry City to make a bid to host the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, according to Sinn Fein Councilor, Colman Burns. Mr. Burns made the comments as he extended his congratulations to everyone from the district that competed in this year’s Fleadh, held in Tullamore Co. Offaly recently. “I have been attending the All-Ireland Fleadh since 1987 but this year, I think, was very special in that there was a noticeable rise in the number of people from our district, both junior and senior, who were competing for All-Ireland honors”, he said.

(Source: The Examiner)



Explosive county council documents have confirmed that a quarry at the center of two proposed road closures in Carlow has not been registered under the Planning Act, 2000, and that the county council has been talking to Dan Morrissey Irl Ltd about the controversial road closures for at least two years. Since early 2006, the planning department of Carlow County Council has granted Dan Morrissey Irl Ltd a total of seven planning extensions in relation to a quarry it operates at Clonmelsh/Garryhundon. The documents confirm that Carlow County Council and Dan Morrissey Irl Ltd had been in talks about the proposed road closures from Garryhunden Cross to Ballybannon and a stretch of road from Garryhunden Cross to Clonmelch at least as far back as September 2007.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)



Dampness in the school prefabs was not ruled out as a contributory factor in Laragh National school becoming one of the first 'hot spot schools' in the country for a swine flu outbreak. They have actively been campaigning for a new school building and highlighting the inadequate conditions in the school for at least two years now. Four cases of swine flu in the school have been confirmed with 18 children off sick. This prompted an information seminar at the school last Thursday to update parents as to measures to control the spread of the virus in the school any further.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)



Clare County Council is diverting funding from its disability budget to shore up spending on its roads this year, it has emerged. As a result of Government cuts, the local authority’s anticipated roads budget of €31.3 million was reduced by €5.2 million or 16 per cent to €26.1 million. In a report outlining the serious financial situation facing the council, acting head of finance Noeleen Fitzgerald has confirmed that disability funding has been diverted to the roads program. The scale of the disability funding diverted is to be made known at the next council meeting. Ms Fitzgerald also reveals that there has been an overspend of €500,000 on the €1.3 million budget on retirement gratuities as staff retire early.

(Source: The Irish Times)



Two women in their twenties were so drunk they couldn't remember hitting two other women on the head with bottles in two separate nightclub incidents. The incidents, one in Newmarket the other in Mallow, were detailed in separate court cases within the past two weeks. It emerged that neither women could recall the unprovoked attacks that left two other women needing stapling and stitching to their heads. A 24 year old Newmarket woman was said to be 'humiliated and embarrassed' by CCTV footage showing her attack another woman with a bottle at the Hi-Land Niteclub — an incident she had absolutely no recollection of.

(Source: The Corkman)



The family of a six year old Derry girl who died after falling from a tree has spoken of their heartache at losing their "beautiful little girl who was full of fun." Tia Nagurski was climbing a tree near electricity cables in a residential area of Ballymagroarty when she fell. It is understood she may have been electrocuted by a power line.

(Source: The Derry Journal)



A 61-year old woman narrowly avoided a potential critical injury after falling and being trapped on an isolated part of the steep cliffs at Glen Head near Glencolumbkille on Tuesday evening last. The woman, understood to be an English tourist, was an avid and experienced walker set off alone to climb the cliffs on Tuesday afternoon last and got into difficulties. Donegal Mountain Rescue Team said "We immediately brought her to the football pitch in Glencolumbkille where the helicopter airlifted her to Sligo General Hospital”. A spokesperson at Sligo General Hospital confirmed the victim's condition as "comfortable