Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Evening Herald)



An Enniskillen councilor is calling for the headquarters of the new amalgamated Fermanagh and Omagh 'super council' to be based in the county town. Frank Britton, SDLP made the plea at last Monday night's meeting of Fermanagh District Council. He told councilors Enniskillen was the right location for the headquarters for a number of reasons: "Firstly, we have the largest population in the new council, we have the largest land area; and we will raise the largest level of rates in the new council area," he explained.

(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)



Ninety new jobs are to be created in Galway with the announcement that technology giant Hewlett Packard is to create 50 new jobs in the city, while online retailer Buy.com is to take on 40 employees in their soon to be created European headquarters. The 50 new jobs in HP come as part of a €11 million expansion project in the region, involving the establishment of a center of expertise for cloud computing services.

(Source: Galway Independent)



Parents of a young north Kerry woman who died in a crash in 2006 made a special appeal to the EU in Brussels last week to compel the Irish State to implement its road laws in full. The case, which was heard by the EU Petitions Committee on Wednesday morning last is being brought by Kay and Richard Keane from Ballylongford with two other families from the West of Ireland, each bereaved by road deaths they say might not have happened had adequate road signage and surfacing been in place. Kay and Richard lost beloved daughter Eileen (18) and her boyfriend Trevor Chute (22) on April 22 of 2006. The couple died when they exited a byroad outside Ballyduff and collided with an oncoming bus on the night. Mr. and Mrs. Keane believe they would have survived had a 'stop' been in place alerting them to the junction with the main road.

(Source: The Kerryman)



The announcement of the green light for a community school in Kildare town has received an enthusiastic welcome in the town. The Minister for Education Deputy Batt O’Keefe announced the go-ahead for the construction of the new secondary school, which will cater 1,000 students. Building work on the new secondary school will begin next spring and it is hoped that the new school will be open in time for the 2011 school year. The Kildare Town Community School will be created from the amalgamation of the town’s existing St Joseph’s Academy, Presentation Secondary School and the vocational school. The new school will be built under the public private partnership model by Macquarie Partnerships for Ireland (MPFI). MPFI will be responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining the new school.

(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)



The mother of a six-year-old girl who last week received a €4.5 million payout from St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny settled her own claim against the hospital. After three years of denying liability for 'devastating injuries' that a baby sustained at birth, St Luke's Hospital has admitted it 'mismanaged' the birth and agreed to pay the child €4.5million. Keri Brett, 6, of Fethard, Co. Tipperary, sued the Health Service Executive (HSE) through her mother, Clodagh Brett when she was born with cerebral palsy and severe mental and physical disabilities after a difficult labor at St Luke's in October 2003.

 (Source: The Kilkenny People)



The HSE confirmed last week that Shaen Hospital, which is earmarked for closure, will not be used to house asylum seekers in the future. 
 Portlaoise town councilor Tom Jacob requested information from the HSE regarding the use of the hospital after it closes its doors to its elderly patients, “in the near future.”

 “There were strong rumors in the locality,” he said, “that the hospital was going to be used to accommodate asylum seekers after it closes its doors on its elderly patients. These rumors were based on the fact that the HSE had sunk a fortune into installing a new kitchen in the hospital only a few years ago. 


(Source: The Laois Nationalist)



Manorhamilton man, Prin Duignan, has been named as the 2010 Leitrim Guardian Person of the Year. An acclaimed historian, author and publisher, Prin is a well-known supporter of local arts and has proven a vital contributor to the development of amateur drama, particularly focusing on performances in Irish. Prin has also played a central role in the education of the young people of the area, having worked as a teacher for many years.

(Source: The Leitrim Observer)



Charles Dickens was a fan, and now the 19th century Limerick author John Francis O'Donnell could acquire many new admirers of his work at the University of Limerick. The university's Glucksman Library has received a donation of a rare book by the writer and editor who died in 1874. The book, The Emerald Wreath, was published in 1864, and the copy acquired by UL is believed to be one of the few in existence in Ireland.