Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland


(Source: The Sligo Champion)



A call by Thurles Town Councilor Jim Ryan to have elected members of the local authority attending conferences away from Thurles sharing cars in a bid to cut down on costs sparked an angry exchange of words and was rubbished and labeled "unhelpful" recently. Councilor Ryan's remarks, made at the October monthly meeting of Thurles Town Council resulted in sulphuric exchanges between a number of members, with Cllr John Kennedy taking exception to the proposition as the temperature rose quite considerably  in the council chamber.

(Source: The Tipperary Star)



Almost a hundred supporters, including priests, civil rights campaigners, and family members have leapt to the defense of a former Coalisland businessman, and helped save him from a lengthy stay in a US jail. Two weeks ago, in Philadelphia, a U.S. judge sentenced Sean O'Neill, who came to the US in the early 1980s, to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of tax, immigration and firearm charges. Mr. O'Neill, who built a construction business that made him a millionaire, originally faced up to 146 years in jail.

(Source: The Tyrone Times)



One of Ireland’s longest running family own businesses, Flahavan's have announced details of a €1.6m investment in its mill in Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. The new installation is capable of drying grain quicker and is more energy efficient. To date, €500,000 has been invested with the installation of a dryer and associated grain-handling equipment. “This is one of the largest strategic investment plans that we have undertaken at the mill and secures future employment,” Company chairman John Flahavan said. A further €1.1m investment is to be completed during the next month in new storage units at the mill, which can store up to 4,000 tons and are being installed specifically for organic oats.

(Source: Waterford News & Star)



One of Westmeath's most important historical sites has made a shortlist of potential nominees for UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Hill of Uisneach - considered the mythological "navel" or centre of Ireland, located near Loughnavalley, Mullingar - has been bundled as part the Royal Sites of Ireland, one of seven features of Irish heritage to make a "tentative list" drawn up by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The list has been compiled on the basis of the work of an Expert Advisory Group, established by Minister John Gormley, and sets out for each property a description, justification of outstanding universal value, UNESCO Operational Guidelines criteria met, statements of authenticity and integrity, and a comparison with other similar properties.

 (Source: The Westmeath Examiner)



Wexford man Jim Breen will have his case heard in the European Court of Human Rights, as he seeks to have court decisions confirming the HSE as sole owners of two acres of land at Grogan's Road overturned. Mr. Breen, from Devereux Villas, said he has received word from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg that they will hear his case. The Wexford man, whose well-known family have kept horses for generations, claims that he has grazing rights to the land adjoining the HSE clinic at Grogan's Road, in an area known locally as Harvey's Field.

(Source: The Wexford People)



Ten anti-social behavior warnings have been issued in the Wicklow garda (police) division so far this year, a drop of 50 per cent on last year's figures. At Monday last's meeting of the County Wicklow Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendant Tom Conway said that four warnings have been issued in Bray, three in Wicklow and three in Baltinglass so far this year. Last year eleven were issued in Bray, eight in Wicklow and one in Baltinglass.

(Source: The Wicklow People)