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Census shows Longford had highest unemployment rate last year


According to the latest findings from Census 2016 – more than 2 million people were in the workforce last year – with the majority of these employed in the services sector.

Longford had the highest unemployment rate last year at almost 20 percent while eight of the top 10 so-called blackspots were in Limerick.

The figures also show an increase in the numbers of people commuting to work with a significant jump in those choosing to cycle.

At the time the survey was carried out almost six in every ten people said that they had very good health – while 13.5 percent of the population say they had a disability.

The number of carers has jumped to more than 195 thousand – while the number of hours spent caring has also increased.

Man charged with murder of Dublin grandmother

Crime scene

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Dublin grandmother.

The remains of 61-year-old Patrica O’Connor were found scattered in the Wicklow Mountains over the past few days.


Last Saturday a garda investigation was launched after walkers found a torso near Enniskerry in Co Wicklow.

Since then various body parts have been found scattered along a 20 to 30km stretch of the area and tests confirmed the remains belonged to Patricia O’Connor – a 61 year old grandmother from South Dublin.

This afternoon 32 year old Kieran Green of Mountain View Park in Churchtown in Dublin appeared in court charged with her murder – which is alleged to have taken place between May the 29th and 30th at that address.

Tallaght District Court heard Mr Green was charged at Bray Garda Station at 11.28 this morning by Garda Ross Callaghan and his reply after he was cautioned was ‘it was self defence’.

Mr Green kept his head bowed and didn’t speak during the brief hearing.

He’s been remanded in custody to appear in court again next week.


Roscommon’s Centrepoint retail park for sale for €5million


Roscommon auctioneer John Earley says he believes the sale of a large property portfolio on the Circular Road in Roscommon town, known locally as the Centrepoint Retail Park, could take place in a very short time.

The property for sale includes a total of ten units on the property, three of which are occupied by Carphone Warehouse, Euro Giant, and the Cinema complex.

The three tenants are protected, and there are 7 other vacant units included for sale.

Aldi, Lidl, Heaton’s and KFC also have units in the park but they were sold previously so are not involved in this deal.

A parcel of just over 10 acres of land around the site is also part of the deal, and the guide price for the package is €5 million euro.

John Earley of Earley Property Partners says he’s confident of a quick deal on this package:



Maureen Moran (née Hague)


Maureen Moran (née Hague) Mellican, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim and formerly of Keeny, Cloverhill, Co. Cavan

Thursday 15th June peacefully at Sligo University Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Sister to Seamus Hague, Cloverhill, Co. Cavan and Kathleen Hurson, Newbliss, Co. Monaghan. Deeply regretted by her husband Peter, sons; Gavin and Barry, daughters; Aisling, Angela and Colette and extended family.

Remains reposing at her residence today (Thur) from half past six and again tomorrow (Fri) from eleven o’clock until three o’clock with remains to arrive at St. Joseph’s Church, Aughavas at half past six.

Funeral mass on (Sat) at twelve noon with interment immediately afterwards to Fenagh Abbey Cemetery.

No flowers please, donations in lieu to the Alzheimer’s Day Centre, Dunally, Sligo c/o McKeon’s Funeral Director’s Cloone.

House strictly private from three o’clock on Friday please.

Planning refused for 69 Athlone homes


Planning permission has been refused for 69 homes to be developed in Athlone.

The project, estimated to cost more than €10 million, would have included blocks of apartments and terrace houses.

Ardent Lakeside Property, with an address at Fry Place in Athlone, applied to build the residential development at Lower Road and Bower Lane.

It would include five blocks of 23 two-storey duplexes over 18 apartments, along with 28 terrace houses in five blocks.

However, Westmeath County Council has refused permission.

The local authority feels the development is unacceptable because of a substandard design approach and inadequate amenity space, which would be detrimental to future residents.

It claims the proposed development would be visually prominent and unduly obtrusive.

The council also feels the blocks of apartments and duplexes would offer no positive contribution to the streetscape.

Overall, it believes the development would be out of character with Athlone town.

It concludes to grant permission would set an undesirable precedent for future redevelopment and be contrary to the area’s proper planning and sustainable development.

The developers, who could not be reached for comment, can appeal against the decision to An Bord Pleanála.

Winner of €2million Carrick Lotto jackpot comes forward


Two Kildare brothers have spoken of their delight after winning €2 million in the National Lottery through a ticket bought in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The two lucky men, who want to keep their win private, bought a ticket in Kennedy’s Topaz as they passed through the Leitrim town.

They have told how their elderly mother, a Lotto devotee, was given the job of checking their ticket as the draw was televised live on RTÉ One.

The two young professionals are planning to take some time out before deciding what to do with their new-found fortune.

Kevin Kennedy, the owner of the winning shop in Carrick, says he’s delighted the winners have come forward.

Longford Council agrees to increase windfarm development fees by 1000 percent


Longford County’s council’s decision to increase by 1000 per cent its development fees for  wind farms has been described as a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction by its CEO.

Paddy Mahon made the comments at this month’s meeting of the local authority, after a proposal tabled by councillor Mark Casey was agreed up to by members following an apparent split in the Fine Gael party on the issue.


Independent councilor Mark Casey proposed that the local authority increase development charges for industrial turbines from its current level of €7,190 to €70,000.

He claims the increase would offset any losses suffered by Longford’s tourism sector due to the development of the Derryadd windfarm.

However, the motion was strongly objected to by Fianna fail’s Seamus Butler, who said the rise was unnecessary and that if the motion came to a vote, he and his party would be abstaining.

Councillor Casey claimed the motion was to send out a message that 30 pieces of silver would not buy favour and that until he has more knowledge on windfarms, he would not be operating in a vacuum on their merits or otherwise.

Fine Gael then sought a ten-minute adjournment on the request of group leader Micheal Carrigy to discuss the issue internally, and upon resumption, they indicated they would be supporting councilor Casey’s motion.

However, Granard M.D member Paraic Brady then proposed a counter motion to the proposal that the rates remain the way they are, which was seconded by his fellow party councillor John Browne.

The motion went to a vote, with 14 members in the chamber, and it was eventually passed 9 votes to five despite warnings that it may be the subject of future legal challenges and could harm the county’s ability to attract future wind development investment.

Speaking afterward, Councillor Brady denied this party was unsure of its position on wind farms in Longford:



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