Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland



A priest has been convicted by a court in Co Tyrone of sexually abusing three Fermanagh sisters over the course of a decade.

Fr Eugene Lewis (76), was found guilty by a jury at Omagh Crown Court guilty of 11 counts of indecently assaulting the three Co Fermanagh sisters separately and on differing dates between August 1963 and September 1973.

Lewis, the former provincial superior of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, based in Dublin, had denied the charges.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)


Galway City Council is owed more than €5 million by developers who have failed to pay development contribution levies in respect of building projects on 66 sites throughout the city.

Court proceedings have been instigated against developers in 17 cases of non-payment of the levy, which is payable to the local authority prior to the commencement of construction.
(Source: Galway News)


Kerry's ravaged economy appears to be returning to marginal growth according to a range of new figures published in the last two weeks.

Key economic indicators for the county, including jobless rates, house and car sales have all shown an upward swing in recent months, potentially signaling the beginnings of a recovery for the county.

Live register figures for May showed Kerry's jobless rate declined for the third month in a row, falling to a total of 15,955 last month.
(Source: The Kerryman)


A vicious fight between rival groups of Travelers caused terror for local people attending the weekly market in Kildare town Thursday morning before last.

The row broke out mid-way through the morning market, with those involved wielding a range of weapons, including sticks and iron bars.

In total, around 10 people were embroiled in the fight, as frightened locals stood back or left the normally peaceful marketplace in horror.

Gardaí and ambulance services were on the scene quickly and one man was taken to hospital to be treated for a head wound.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

Life in the Big Apple has turned sour on Kilkenny tenor, Ronan Tynan, but even if he has moved to a new base in Boston he hasn't given up on New York or its people.

Not so long ago the Johnstown man was the toast of the city that never sleeps.

He rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, including President Bush and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

And he had one of the most treasured gigs in the city, singing 'God Bless America' in Yankee Stadium before Major League baseball league games. New York was his oyster.

I won't cut all ties with New York," Tynan told the 'People when he gave a frank and revealing interview.

"No, I love New York. I love the people there. I spent 10 years there. A lot of New Yorkers are very troubled over the way this was put forward."

'This' centered around a casual remark made by the tenor that led to him being branded an anti-Semite in a city that is home to the world's largest Jewish population outside Israel.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)


Work is underway to bring the Portlaoise water supply "back within safe supply limits in the short term", it has emerged.
The county town has had severe pressure on its water supply and rationing was introduced a number of months back due to water leaks following severe frost at the turn of the year.

Laois County Council issued a notice in April announcing that water will be rationed in the Portlaoise, Ballyroan and Ballyfin area for the foreseeable future.
(Source: The Leinster Express)


County Leitrim's two Fianna Fail Senators, John Ellis and Paschal Mooney, along with Roscommon/South Leitrim Fianna Fail TD, Michael Finneran and party colleague, Sligo/North Leitrim TD, Eamonn Scanlon have opted to claim expenses without receipts according to a report in a national paper.

The remaining TDs serving Co Leitrim: Fianna Fail's Jimmy Devins and Fine Gael's Denis Naughten; John Perry and Frank Feighan, have all opted to provide receipts in support of their expense claims.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)


Mayor Kevin Kiely claims the people of Limerick are right behind his call for hanging murderers – and says that members of the victims' families and media should be able to witnesses the executions.

"I think it is high time that the Government had a referendum on the issue and I am confident it would be passed.

There is not enough deterrent there for people who commit murder," the outspoken politician said, adding that he had received widespread support from the public following his comments.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)


Hundreds of people attended last Saturday's march in Mullingar to protest against any reduction of services at the Midlands Regional Hospital.