Northern Sound http://www.northernsound.ie Cavan & Monaghan Tue, 23 May 2017 16:34:53 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Cavan & Monaghan Northern Sound Cavan & Monaghan Northern Sound http://www.northernsound.ie/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.northernsound.ie Local councillors reject terms of reference for N/S Interconnector study http://www.northernsound.ie/local-councillors-reject-terms-reference-ns-interconnector-study/ http://www.northernsound.ie/local-councillors-reject-terms-reference-ns-interconnector-study/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 16:34:53 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123208 ‘The terms of reference for the independent study of the North South interconnector are weak and must be redrafted’. That’s according to Sinn Fein Councillor Noel Keelan who raised the issue at the most recent meetings of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District and Monaghan County Council. Minister Denis Naughten published the Terms of the study but local […]]]>

‘The terms of reference for the independent study of the North South interconnector are weak and must be redrafted’.

That’s according to Sinn Fein Councillor Noel Keelan who raised the issue at the most recent meetings of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District and Monaghan County Council.

Minister Denis Naughten published the Terms of the study but local TDs joined in criticism of them.

The study will look at technological advances that have been made that could reduce the cost undergrounding of the project, – but the proposed study is proving controversial.

Today, local council members voted unanimously to move to reject the terms of reference which they say ignore the concerns of people in the local area.

Councillor Keelan says that the terms of reference are totally useless unless they are redrawn:

 

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Man in his 30′ from Portlaoise has died in Portugal http://www.northernsound.ie/man-30-portlaoise-died-portugal/ http://www.northernsound.ie/man-30-portlaoise-died-portugal/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:53:16 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123205 A man in his 30′ from Portlaoise has died in Portugal. His body was found by friends at an apartment in the holiday resort of Albufeira yesterday. The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it’s providing consular assistance to the family.  The cause of death is not yet known but a police investigation has been […]]]>

A man in his 30′ from Portlaoise has died in Portugal.

His body was found by friends at an apartment in the holiday resort of Albufeira yesterday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it’s providing consular assistance to the family.  The cause of death is not yet known but a police investigation has been launched.

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Seeded entry list released for Hotel Kilmore Cavan Stages Rally. http://www.northernsound.ie/seeded-entry-list-released-hotel-kilmore-cavan-stages-rally/ http://www.northernsound.ie/seeded-entry-list-released-hotel-kilmore-cavan-stages-rally/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:23:28 +0000 Featured]]> http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123199 The Cavan Motorclub have released their seeded entry list ahead of this weekends Hotel Kilmore stages rally. Declan and Brian Boyle will lead the field away in their Ford Fiesta WRC with Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy at number 2 in their Subaru Impreza WRC, both crews no doubt using the event as preparation for […]]]>

The Cavan Motorclub have released their seeded entry list ahead of this weekends Hotel Kilmore stages rally.

Declan and Brian Boyle will lead the field away in their Ford Fiesta WRC with Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy at number 2 in their Subaru Impreza WRC, both crews no doubt using the event as preparation for the Donegal International rally next month.

Niall Maguire in his Impreza WRC completes the top 3 with Gary Kiernan in the Class 14 Escort Mark II the top modified seed at 4

Damien Tourish, Adrian Hetherington, Ryan Loughran, Vivian Hamill and Damien Gallagher are all seeded inside the top 10 and will compete in Escorts.

Aidan Wray is the leading group N Seed at 10 in his Mitsubishi Evo, a class that also includes Gavin Kelly and Niall Devine in Evos.

The Junior Class will see Johnny Treanor and Adrian Foley as the number 1 seeds in their Honda Civic with Jason Black and Jack Mc Kenna at 2 in the Toyota starlet.

The event is a counting round of the Sligo Pallets Border Championship and sees the current champions Seamus Connolly and Gary Mc Crudden seeded at 34 in their Class 11R Toyota Corolla Twin-cam.

It also counts towards the club championship and will run to the usually 3 stages 3 times format, with an added bonus of a shakedown stage on Saturday evening.

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Cootehill man tops iTunes charts with new podcast http://www.northernsound.ie/cootehill-man-tops-itunes-charts-new-podcast/ http://www.northernsound.ie/cootehill-man-tops-itunes-charts-new-podcast/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:19:05 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123198 A Cootehill man has topped the iTunes charts with his new podcast. For the last 15 years, Ruairí McKiernan has been involved in establishing new social ventures like SpunOut.ie and the Uplift campaign. Within hours of launching, McKiernan’s new podcast ‘Love and Courage’ rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, beating off top Irish […]]]>

A Cootehill man has topped the iTunes charts with his new podcast.

For the last 15 years, Ruairí McKiernan has been involved in establishing new social ventures like SpunOut.ie and the Uplift campaign.

Within hours of launching, McKiernan’s new podcast ‘Love and Courage’ rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts, beating off top Irish and international productions including RTÉ and Newstalk, This American Life, and TED talks.

His podcast features one hour audio conversations with guests such as Professor Ivor Browne, Christy Moore, Sr Stan, and Frances Black, who Ruairí says have a lot to offer when it comes to inspiring different ways of looking at life.

Speaking to Northern Sound News, Ruairí says he has been blown away by the response.

Ruairí’s podcast is also available on Soundcloud and iTunes and more information is at www.loveandcourage.org

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Garda representative for Cavan/Monaghan says Gardaí need counter terrorism training http://www.northernsound.ie/garda-representative-cavanmonaghan-says-gardai-need-counter-terrorism-training/ http://www.northernsound.ie/garda-representative-cavanmonaghan-says-gardai-need-counter-terrorism-training/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:09:05 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123193 The GRA representative in Cavan and Monaghan is calling for training to be provided to frontline Gardaí in light of the Manchester attack. The issued was raised in April’s GRA conference, where Gardaí in Cavan and Monaghan said it was crucial that mobile units should be able to provide a rapid response when trouble flares. […]]]>

The GRA representative in Cavan and Monaghan is calling for training to be provided to frontline Gardaí in light of the Manchester attack.

The issued was raised in April’s GRA conference, where Gardaí in Cavan and Monaghan said it was crucial that mobile units should be able to provide a rapid response when trouble flares.

GRA representative for Cavan/Monaghan James Morrisroe, says counter terrorism training would be money well spent, despite Ireland being a neutral country.

Meanwhile TD’s in Cavan and Monaghan have outlined their shock and disgust at last night’s attack in Manchester.

Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín O’Caoláin says that despite the many experiences people in Ireland and Britain have had of indiscriminate no warning bombs, the depravity involved in the targeting of young children is beyond comprehension.

Fianna FáiI’s Brendan Smith says the news is particularly shocking because it’s so close to home.

An 8-year-girl’s among 22 people killed in last night’s suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.

59 others are also receiving medical treatment.

A man’s been arrested and two addresses have been searched by police investigating last night’s attack.

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility.

Meanwhile, a vigil is due to take place at around 6 o’clock to pay tribute to those who died.

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Almost €22,000 in heritage funding for Cavan and Monaghan http://www.northernsound.ie/almost-e22000-heritage-funding-cavan-monaghan/ http://www.northernsound.ie/almost-e22000-heritage-funding-cavan-monaghan/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 15:01:25 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123188 Almost €22,000 in heritage funding has been announced for five projects in Cavan and Monaghan. Across the country, a total of 196 heritage projects have been awarded funding under the Heritage Council’s Grant Scheme, which supports continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage. Michael Parsons, Heritage Council Acting Chair says that these projects contribute to […]]]>

Almost €22,000 in heritage funding has been announced for five projects in Cavan and Monaghan.

Across the country, a total of 196 heritage projects have been awarded funding under the Heritage Council’s Grant Scheme, which supports continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage.

Michael Parsons, Heritage Council Acting Chair says that these projects contribute to local economies, and improve our tourism product.

Under the scheme, Minister Heather Humphreys has announced €8,000 for works at Clones Castle, €5,500 is being provided for a conversation plan for structures at St Davnet’s Hospital, and 3,000 will go to Monaghan County Council for a conservation plan for Rossmore Park.

Meanwhile The Inniskeen Heritage Group will get over €2,600 for works at the McMahon burial vaults to help combat decay and erosion, – and in Cavan, €2,500 will go towards the Drumgoon Hill Graveyard Mapping project, to carry out a mapping survey, number the graves and record headstone information.

 

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Searches to take place in Co Monaghan for the head of a convicted rapist http://www.northernsound.ie/searches-take-place-co-monaghan-head-convicted-rapist/ http://www.northernsound.ie/searches-take-place-co-monaghan-head-convicted-rapist/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 14:59:48 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123186 It’s been confirmed that searches will take place in the coming weeks in Carrickmacross in County Monaghan for the remains of a convicted rapist. In 2011, James Nolan’s arm was discovered on Dollymount Beach, while his torso was discovered at Tolka Valley Park in Finglas in April.  Meanwhile it’s believed his head may be located […]]]>

It’s been confirmed that searches will take place in the coming weeks in Carrickmacross in County Monaghan for the remains of a convicted rapist.

In 2011, James Nolan’s arm was discovered on Dollymount Beach, while his torso was discovered at Tolka Valley Park in Finglas in April.  Meanwhile it’s believed his head may be located in a lake in Carrickmacross.

In January, Gardaí in Monaghan spent two days searching a lake in the town after Gardaí became aware of a 21 page suicide letter, written by Mr Nolan’s suspected killer.  Gardaí have confirmed that more searches are to take place in the coming weeks in Carrickmacross.

 

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Councillor claims local authorities risk being taken to court if they enforce ‘locals only’ planning rule http://www.northernsound.ie/councillor-claims-local-authorities-risk-taken-court-enforce-locals-planning-rule/ http://www.northernsound.ie/councillor-claims-local-authorities-risk-taken-court-enforce-locals-planning-rule/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 13:04:22 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123179 A local Independent Councillor claims eight different stipulations under the ‘locals only’ restriction still exist in County Monaghan’s planning laws. The ‘locals only’ rule restricts the rights of people wishing to build a once-off rural home, confining applicants on a “local only” basis. The Law Society warned of the legality of the ‘locals only’ planning […]]]>

A local Independent Councillor claims eight different stipulations under the ‘locals only’ restriction still exist in County Monaghan’s planning laws.

The ‘locals only’ rule restricts the rights of people wishing to build a once-off rural home, confining applicants on a “local only” basis.

The Law Society warned of the legality of the ‘locals only’ planning rule back in 2005, – and more recently Sligo Councillor Michael Clark stumbled upon an EU court ruling from 2013 indicating that it was unlawful.

It’s believed that local authorities could be taken to court over the ruling for discriminating against people who were not local and therefore breaking both constitutional and EU law.

Several local authorities require that an applicants be from the area or long term residents.

Independent Councillor Paudge Connolly spoke on today’s Joe Finnegan Show, he says local authorities risk being taken to court if they try enforce the ‘locals only’ planning rule.

 

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Nigel Mc Govern http://www.northernsound.ie/nigel-mc-govern/ http://www.northernsound.ie/nigel-mc-govern/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 11:36:52 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123177 Nigel McGovern 23 Ard Chluain, Roslea Road, Clones, Co. Monaghan. Saturday, May, 20th. Sadly missed by his Mother Margaret, father Pat, brother Paul, sisters; Sharon, Caroline and Celine, partner Sharon and his children; Emily, Megan, Aoife, Leah, Conor and Daniel. Reposing at the home of his parents, Margaret and Pat Mc Govern, 49 O’Neill Park, […]]]>

Nigel McGovern

23 Ard Chluain, Roslea Road, Clones, Co. Monaghan.

Saturday, May, 20th.

Sadly missed by his Mother Margaret, father Pat, brother Paul, sisters; Sharon, Caroline and Celine, partner Sharon and his children; Emily, Megan, Aoife, Leah, Conor and Daniel.

Reposing at the home of his parents, Margaret and Pat Mc Govern, 49 O’Neill Park, Clones, this evening (Tues) from six o’clock until removal to the sacred Heart chapel, clones on (Thurs) morning for eleven o’clock funeral mass.

Burial afterwards in Mount Saint Oliver’s cemetery, Clones.

House private on Thursday morning please.

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The Fine Gael leadership contest is coming to Cavan this evening http://www.northernsound.ie/%ef%bb%bfthe-fine-gael-leadership-contest-coming-cavan-evening/ http://www.northernsound.ie/%ef%bb%bfthe-fine-gael-leadership-contest-coming-cavan-evening/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 11:33:20 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123173 The Fine Gael leadership contest is coming to Cavan this evening. Simon Coveney will meet with members of the Fine Gael Party in the Hotel Kilmore as he tries to win support for his campaign. Meanwhile the Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar is the early favourite against rival Simon Coveney to fill the void left […]]]>

The Fine Gael leadership contest is coming to Cavan this evening.

Simon Coveney will meet with members of the Fine Gael Party in the Hotel Kilmore as he tries to win support for his campaign.

Meanwhile the Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar is the early favourite against rival Simon Coveney to fill the void left by out-going Taoiseach and party leader Enda Kenny.

Speaking outside Government buildings today, Mr Varadkar said “he hopes it won’t be awkward at Cabinet” now that leadership race is underway.

The Housing Minister Simon Coveney will be in the Hotel Kilmore in Cavan this evening from 7:45pm to meet with local Fine Gael Councillor’s and members of the public.

Addressing a campaign rally in Athlone last night, the Housing Minister said he didn’t mind if he was currently behind in the leadership race.

Simon Coveney spoke to Shannonside/Northern Sound News, he says there is plenty of time to catch up – and added that the next two weeks are vital to ensure the country gets the right man for the job.

 

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Monaghan County Council hold a minute silence for the Manchester bombing victims http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-county-council-hold-a-minute-silence-for-the-manchester-bombing-victims/ http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-county-council-hold-a-minute-silence-for-the-manchester-bombing-victims/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 09:45:57 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123156 22 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in suspected terrorist attack in Manchester. The blast happened at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of her emergency committee this morning. Confusion and terror at Manchester Arena – at the moment of […]]]>

22 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in suspected terrorist attack in Manchester.

The blast happened at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will chair a meeting of her emergency committee this morning.

Confusion and terror at Manchester Arena – at the moment of the blast just after 10.30 last night.

Amateur footage shows hundreds of people – many of them young children – rushing for the exits.

Hundreds are now still trying to contact loved ones separated from them in the chaos.

Ian Hopkins is the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

He says it’s being treated as a suspected terror attack.

No claims of responsibility have yet been made – and Prime Minister Theresa May will meet her emergency COBRA committee in Westminster later.

Here, the Minister for Foreign Affairs says he’s not aware at the moment of any Irish citizens affected.

Charlie Flanagan has offered his condolences and says we stand by our nearest neighbour, especially due to the strong links between our country and the city of Manchester.

He says anyone with concerns for family and friends can contact the Consular Division of his Department on 01 408 2000.

Meanwhile, Monaghan County Council have held a minute silence this morning for the Manchester bombing victims.

In their monthly meeting the members agreed to send their sympathy to the Mayor of Manchester.

Members expressed their condolences to the families of the victims.

Councillor P J O’Hanlon said that such an act targeting children is ‘difficult to comprehend’.

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County Cavan is working to promote its native food companies and produce http://www.northernsound.ie/county-cavan-working-promote-native-food-companies-produce/ http://www.northernsound.ie/county-cavan-working-promote-native-food-companies-produce/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 09:28:32 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123170 County Cavan is working to promote its native food companies and produce. Councillors heard a presentation on the county’s proposed Food Strategy at its monthly meeting, which it’s hoped will build on the potential of Cavan’s food products. 1,500 people are employed in 100 different food businesses across the county. The plan aims to build […]]]>

County Cavan is working to promote its native food companies and produce.

Councillors heard a presentation on the county’s proposed Food Strategy at its monthly meeting, which it’s hoped will build on the potential of Cavan’s food products.

1,500 people are employed in 100 different food businesses across the county.

The plan aims to build consumer awareness of local food and drink, through the appointment of a Food Ambassador who would work to promote the industry in Cavan.

The strategy contains 21 actions, including the launch of a Cavan Food Trail and “inter food networking”.

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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Smith http://www.northernsound.ie/elizabeth-lizzie-smith/ http://www.northernsound.ie/elizabeth-lizzie-smith/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 06:36:04 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123167 Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith. Relic of Hugh Smith, Edragole, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Co. Cavan. Monday, May, 22nd peacefully at Cavan General Hospital, surrounded by her family.  Sadly missed by her sons and daughters, grandchildren, sons in law, daughter in law, relatives and friends. Reposing at her home today (Tues) from two o’clock until nine o’clock. Family time on […]]]>

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Smith.

Relic of Hugh Smith, Edragole, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

Monday, May, 22nd peacefully at Cavan General Hospital, surrounded by her family.  Sadly missed by her sons and daughters, grandchildren, sons in law, daughter in law, relatives and friends.

Reposing at her home today (Tues) from two o’clock until nine o’clock.

Family time on Wednesday morning please.

Removal from her residence in Edragole on (Wed) morning at half past ten, to arrive at St, Mary’s Church, Bunnoe for eleven o’clock funeral mass, followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.

 

  

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Monaghan school scoops top award at the National Bord Gáis Student Theatre Awards http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-school-scoops-top-award-at-the-national-bord-gais-student-theatre-awards/ http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-school-scoops-top-award-at-the-national-bord-gais-student-theatre-awards/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 06:25:29 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123162 A Monaghan school has scooped the top award at the National Bord Gáis Student Theatre Awards. Over 1,700 students from 63 schools across Ireland attended the awards, but Monaghan’s Gaelscoil Ultain came out on top with their production of ‘Na Saighdiúrí’. The judges said they were ‘dazzled’ by the performance, and presented the school with […]]]>

A Monaghan school has scooped the top award at the National Bord Gáis Student Theatre Awards.

Over 1,700 students from 63 schools across Ireland attended the awards, but Monaghan’s Gaelscoil Ultain came out on top with their production of ‘Na Saighdiúrí’.

The judges said they were ‘dazzled’ by the performance, and presented the school with a bursary from Bord Gáis Energy.

Meanwhile special guests at the awards ceremony included Cavan band The Strypes, Irish actress Amy Huberman and Cavan author Dave Rudden.

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Decision on the sale of local newspapers expected by early June http://www.northernsound.ie/decision-sale-local-newspapers-expected-early-june/ http://www.northernsound.ie/decision-sale-local-newspapers-expected-early-june/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 06:16:26 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123160 The Communications Minister has until early June to decide whether to allow the sale of the Celtic Media Group. Independent News and Media last year announced it was to buy the company, which owns numerous local and regional newspaper titles – including the Anglo Celt, Meath Chronicle and Westmeath Examiner. However, there were calls for […]]]>

The Communications Minister has until early June to decide whether to allow the sale of the Celtic Media Group.

Independent News and Media last year announced it was to buy the company, which owns numerous local and regional newspaper titles – including the Anglo Celt, Meath Chronicle and Westmeath Examiner.

However, there were calls for the takeover to be blocked as it would increase INM’s ownership of local titles.

The Celtic Media Group told an Oireachtas Committee that the deal is vital for the viability of its newspapers.

The Competition Commissioner approved the sale before Christmas.

However, Communications Minister Denis Naughten asked the Broadcasting Authority to examine the proposed sale – it finalised its report last week.

Minister Naughten has until June 6th to reach a decision on whether or not to allow the merger of the groups.

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‘Women who are raped should be able to access abortion services here’ says Varadkar http://www.northernsound.ie/women-raped-able-access-abortion-services-says-varadkar/ http://www.northernsound.ie/women-raped-able-access-abortion-services-says-varadkar/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:48:38 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123150 Leo Varadkar says women who are raped and become pregnant should be able to access abortion services here. His rival for the Fine Gael leadership Simon Coveney made similar comments yesterday. Both contenders say it will be a matter for the Oireachtas committee in deciding what is put to people in a referendum next year. […]]]>

Leo Varadkar says women who are raped and become pregnant should be able to access abortion services here.

His rival for the Fine Gael leadership Simon Coveney made similar comments yesterday.

Both contenders say it will be a matter for the Oireachtas committee in deciding what is put to people in a referendum next year.  Mr Varadkar says his views on the issue have evolved and changed.

 

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It’s time to address the “challenges and opportunities of an ageing population” – local TD http://www.northernsound.ie/its-time-to-address-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-an-ageing-population-local-td/ http://www.northernsound.ie/its-time-to-address-the-challenges-and-opportunities-of-an-ageing-population-local-td/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:44:09 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123152 A local TD says it’s time for Ireland to address the “challenges and opportunities of an ageing population”. Sinn Féin last week published its submission to the Citizens Assembly, which outlines how Ireland can prepare itself for a population that’s getting older. Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin says an ageing population poses a great challenge but there are […]]]>

A local TD says it’s time for Ireland to address the “challenges and opportunities of an ageing population”.

Sinn Féin last week published its submission to the Citizens Assembly, which outlines how Ireland can prepare itself for a population that’s getting older.

Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin says an ageing population poses a great challenge but there are also opportunities as older people “are a valuable resource, not a burden”.

He says we need to work to prepare and address the challenges and opportunities of a population that’s getting older.

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Eric Locke found guilty of the murder of Sonia Blount http://www.northernsound.ie/eric-locke-found-guilty-murder-sonia-blount/ http://www.northernsound.ie/eric-locke-found-guilty-murder-sonia-blount/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:21:41 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123146 Eric Locke has been found guilty of the murder of Sonia Blount. The 35-year-old with an address in Clondalkin had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the mother-of-one in a hotel room in Tallaght in 2014. The jury returned a unanimous verdict after deliberating for an hour and a half.  Courts Correspondent, Frank Greaney […]]]>

Eric Locke has been found guilty of the murder of Sonia Blount.

The 35-year-old with an address in Clondalkin had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the mother-of-one in a hotel room in Tallaght in 2014.

The jury returned a unanimous verdict after deliberating for an hour and a half.  Courts Correspondent, Frank Greaney has the details.

 

 

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NBRU accepts Labour Court recommendations – ending the Bus Éireann dispute http://www.northernsound.ie/nbru-accepts-labour-court-recommendations-ending-the-bus-eireann-dispute/ http://www.northernsound.ie/nbru-accepts-labour-court-recommendations-ending-the-bus-eireann-dispute/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:18:30 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123144 Bus Eireann has welcomed the NBRU’s decision to accept Labour Court recommendations to resolve the Bus Eireann dispute. The vote was 67% in favour of the recommendations.  The company says the vote ‘significantly enhances’ the prospects for the company and all of the customers and staff who rely on its services around the country. A […]]]>

Bus Eireann has welcomed the NBRU’s decision to accept Labour Court recommendations to resolve the Bus Eireann dispute.

The vote was 67% in favour of the recommendations.  The company says the vote ‘significantly enhances’ the prospects for the company and all of the customers and staff who rely on its services around the country.

A statement from the NBRU does however caution that the union remains prepared to engage in action if Bus Éireann attempts to force change on its members prior to the

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Cavan man reflects on two years since same sex marriage referendum http://www.northernsound.ie/cavan-man-reflects-two-years-since-sex-marriage-referendum/ http://www.northernsound.ie/cavan-man-reflects-two-years-since-sex-marriage-referendum/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:11 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123140 Its two years to the day since Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote. Just over 62% supported changing the constitution – with more than 1.2 million people turning out in support of marriage equality.  It is one of the highest ever turnouts for a referendum. Gerard […]]]>

Its two years to the day since Ireland became the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage by popular vote.

Just over 62% supported changing the constitution – with more than 1.2 million people turning out in support of marriage equality.  It is one of the highest ever turnouts for a referendum.

Gerard Lovett from Kilnaleck in Cavan has been with his partner for 10 years – and campaigned vigorously for a yes vote.

He’s been reflecting on the last two years.

 

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Masterplan drawn up for Monaghan’s historical Dublin Street http://www.northernsound.ie/masterplan-drawn-monaghans-historical-dublin-street/ http://www.northernsound.ie/masterplan-drawn-monaghans-historical-dublin-street/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 15:39:25 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123136 A masterplan has been drawn up for the regeneration of Monaghan’s historical Dublin Street. The new plan is a response to modern town centre requirements, and aims to create a vibrant, living and working community that will also attract visitor and investment to the town. The plan will focus on developing the area that stretches […]]]>

A masterplan has been drawn up for the regeneration of Monaghan’s historical Dublin Street.

The new plan is a response to modern town centre requirements, and aims to create a vibrant, living and working community that will also attract visitor and investment to the town.

The plan will focus on developing the area that stretches from Dublin Street to the lower Courthouse car park.

Envisaged in the plan is the development of high street stores, a hotel, offices, health care facilities, restaurants, residential units and leisure facilities.

Meanwhile a striking new square called ‘Gavan Duffy Place’ is proposed midway along Dublin Street.

A public meeting has been organised for Monday May 29th at 6.30pm in the Market House Monaghan for a presentation on the draft plan.

However, Máire Cullinan from Monaghan County Council says the plan is a non-statutory plan and could take up to 20 years to complete.

 

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Cycling success for Emyvale GP. http://www.northernsound.ie/cycling-success-emyvale-gp/ http://www.northernsound.ie/cycling-success-emyvale-gp/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 15:07:30 +0000 Featured]]> http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123134 It was busy day yesterday with the Emyvale cycling club hosting their annual GP. Cian Delaney of the Stamullen club took victory in the A1-A2 race with Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone first past the line in the A3. The A4 was claimed by Gareth Boyle of the North Down cycling club. The first lady […]]]>

It was busy day yesterday with the Emyvale cycling club hosting their annual GP.

Cian Delaney of the Stamullen club took victory in the A1-A2 race with Harvey Barnes of East Tyrone first past the line in the A3.

The A4 was claimed by Gareth Boyle of the North Down cycling club.

The first lady across the line in the A4 was Lorraine Mullarkey with Chris Mc Cann of the Phoenix club taking the Masters race and Kate Curley of Kilternan the ladies race.

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Provincial success for ladies of the region. http://www.northernsound.ie/provincial-success-ladies-region/ http://www.northernsound.ie/provincial-success-ladies-region/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 14:51:49 +0000 Featured]]> http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123132 There was triple joy for Cavan over the weekend as they landed the U14, U16 and Minor B Ulster titles. The U14’s and minors came on top in their derbies against Monaghan while the U16’s accounted for Antrim. Meanwhile Ulster claimed a 6th successive inter-provincial title with victory over Munster in the final at the […]]]>

There was triple joy for Cavan over the weekend as they landed the U14, U16 and Minor B Ulster titles.

The U14’s and minors came on top in their derbies against Monaghan while the U16’s accounted for Antrim.

Meanwhile Ulster claimed a 6th successive inter-provincial title with victory over Munster in the final at the Monaghan harps club grounds by 1-15 to 1-11.

The Ulster side was back boned by players from the Northern Sound region with Donaghmoynes Sharon Courtney captaining the team.

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Four out of five people want the Government to get tougher on Brexit http://www.northernsound.ie/four-five-people-want-government-get-tougher-brexit/ http://www.northernsound.ie/four-five-people-want-government-get-tougher-brexit/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 13:42:10 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123128 Four out of five people want the Government to get tougher on Brexit. That’s according to a Red C survey which found 82% of voters want politicians to take a tougher stance. A large majority of the Irish public believe our politicians need to take a firmer stance in negotiations about the UK leaving the […]]]>

Four out of five people want the Government to get tougher on Brexit.

That’s according to a Red C survey which found 82% of voters want politicians to take a tougher stance.

A large majority of the Irish public believe our politicians need to take a firmer stance in negotiations about the UK leaving the EU.

Brexit was triggered in March but the real talks won’t get underway until later this year, when the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier will represent Irish interests.

Michel Barnier visited the local area recently where he met with members of the local agri-food sector and local council representatives.

The poll also found 75% of people surveyed trust the Government and 72% trust the EU’s negotiating team, but only 43% trust the British Government.

One of the top three priorities identified by Mr Barnier’s team is the border between the North and the South of Ireland.

The threat of a hard border has led to some discussion of other outcomes, including a United Ireland.

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Monaghan V Fermanagh Ulster Minor Championship – Commentary http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-v-fermanagh-ulster-minor-championship-commentary/ http://www.northernsound.ie/monaghan-v-fermanagh-ulster-minor-championship-commentary/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 13:18:31 +0000 Featured]]> http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123114 Monaghan minors progressed to the Quarter final of the Ulster championship with a 1-17 to 2-07 win over Fermanagh in St Tiernachs Park Clones on Saturday past the 20th. Sean Mc Caffrey and Frank Brady were on hand to bring you all the action First Half Second Half      ]]>

Monaghan minors progressed to the Quarter final of the Ulster championship with a 1-17 to 2-07 win over Fermanagh in St Tiernachs Park Clones on Saturday past the 20th.

Sean Mc Caffrey and Frank Brady were on hand to bring you all the action

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Public meeting being held locally this week to discuss future of the post office network http://www.northernsound.ie/public-meeting-held-locally-week-discuss-future-post-office-network/ http://www.northernsound.ie/public-meeting-held-locally-week-discuss-future-post-office-network/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 12:40:50 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123118 People concerned about the future of local post offices in Cavan and Monaghan will have the opportunity to air their concerns this week. A public meeting is being held in Shercock on Thursday the 25th of May to discuss the future of the post office network. An Post stated recently that 265 offices including many […]]]>

People concerned about the future of local post offices in Cavan and Monaghan will have the opportunity to air their concerns this week.

A public meeting is being held in Shercock on Thursday the 25th of May to discuss the future of the post office network.

An Post stated recently that 265 offices including many local outlets may face closure.

However a government-commissioned report by businessman Bobby Kerr has previously indicated that up to 600 post offices are not viable.

Responsibility for the sector is currently being transferred from Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring to the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.

Fianna Fails Communications Spokesperson Timmy Dooley will address a public meeting being held in Shercock Community Centre this Thursday.

Deputy Dooley previously accused the minister of attempting to turn post offices into “glorified internet cafés.”

He has called on the Minister Michael Ring to stop talking in vague terms and gives details about his plans for the future.

Meanwhile Deputy Niamh Smyth spoke to Northern Sound News, she says this is a chance for people in Cavan and Monaghan to raise their concerns about the future of the post office network and to also speak about the role their local post office plays in their lives.

The public meeting will take place this Thursday in Shercock Community Centre and will get underway at 8pm.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail Deputy Brendan Smith believes Post Offices should be enabled to provide additional services.

The Cavan/Monaghan TD was commenting following confirmation he had received from Minister of State, Michael Ring that the final report of the Post Office Hub Working Group had been presented to the Government.

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Varadkar unveils policy proposals with another blow for the Coveney campaign http://www.northernsound.ie/varadkar-unveils-policy-proposals-another-blow-coveney-campaign/ http://www.northernsound.ie/varadkar-unveils-policy-proposals-another-blow-coveney-campaign/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 12:36:41 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123116 Leo Varadkar says if he wins the Fine Gael leadership race he will scrap Simon Coveney’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme if it is inflating house prices. The Social Protection minister has joined his rival in saying the Universal Social Charge should not be abolished as planned, but merged with PRSI into a new single insurance […]]]>

Leo Varadkar says if he wins the Fine Gael leadership race he will scrap Simon Coveney’s ‘Help to Buy’ scheme if it is inflating house prices.

The Social Protection minister has joined his rival in saying the Universal Social Charge should not be abolished as planned, but merged with PRSI into a new single insurance payment with greater benefits.

He’s launched his policy ideas this afternoon with promises to bring forward delayed infrastructure projects like the Dublin Metro, the M20 between Cork and Limerick and motorway access to the West and North West.

Mr Varadkar says he now wants an early review of the help to buy scheme:

Simon Coveney is effectively “saving face” by staying in the Fine Gael leadership contest.

His campaign manager Damien English this morning admitted they didn’t expect Leo Varadkar to get the level of support he did among Fine Gael’s parliamentary party.

Political Strategist Johnny Fallon told the Joe Finnegan Show this morning that things aren’t looking good for the Coveney camp:

 

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Fears that treating e-cigarettes like cigarettes will be counterproductive http://www.northernsound.ie/laws-treating-e-cigarettes-like-cigarettes-will-harm-good/ http://www.northernsound.ie/laws-treating-e-cigarettes-like-cigarettes-will-harm-good/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 11:55:06 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123110 ‘Treating vaping products in the same way as cigarettes will do more harm than good.’ That’s according to Alan Buckley, spokesperson for Vaping business Ireland speaking following the implementation yesterday of new regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes. In 2001 the EU released laws with the aim of cutting smoking across the continent with the rules […]]]>

‘Treating vaping products in the same way as cigarettes will do more harm than good.’

That’s according to Alan Buckley, spokesperson for Vaping business Ireland speaking following the implementation yesterday of new regulations on vaping and e-cigarettes.

In 2001 the EU released laws with the aim of cutting smoking across the continent with the rules initially only applying to cigarettes.

In 2014 however, the rules changed to include e-cigarettes, classifying them as an ‘additional tobacco related product’.

New regulations include a maximum tank capacity of 2ml, the banning of certain additives and advertising restrictions.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show today, Alan Buckley says that it’s detrimental to tar e-cigarette users with the same brush as smokers:

 

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Castletara National School to get a new classroom http://www.northernsound.ie/castletara-national-school-get-new-classroom/ http://www.northernsound.ie/castletara-national-school-get-new-classroom/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 11:48:03 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123106 A new classroom has been allocated to the Castletara National School in Ballyhaise. The Department of Education and Skills has allocated funding for a classroom with toilets. Local Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly and Councillor Val Smith have welcomed the news, saying that they’ll continue to actively engage with Minister Bruton to ensure the needs […]]]>

A new classroom has been allocated to the Castletara National School in Ballyhaise.

The Department of Education and Skills has allocated funding for a classroom with toilets.

Local Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly and Councillor Val Smith have welcomed the news, saying that they’ll continue to actively engage with Minister Bruton to ensure the needs of every school in Cavan are heard and understood by his department.

Councillor Smith adds that while this is great news for the community, there are still schools locally that are waiting for funding:

 

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Gardaí in Cavan appeal for witnesses following a burglary in the town http://www.northernsound.ie/gardai-cavan-appeal-witnesses-following-burglary-town/ http://www.northernsound.ie/gardai-cavan-appeal-witnesses-following-burglary-town/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 11:40:19 +0000 http://www.northernsound.ie/?p=123105 Gardaí in Cavan are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in the town. A residential premises located in the Drumnavanagh area was broken into and electrical equipment was stolen from the property. The incident took place between 8pm on Sunday 14th of May and 6.30am on Monday the 15th of May. Gardaí in Cavan are […]]]>

Gardaí in Cavan are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in the town.

A residential premises located in the Drumnavanagh area was broken into and electrical equipment was stolen from the property.

The incident took place between 8pm on Sunday 14th of May and 6.30am on Monday the 15th of May.

Gardaí in Cavan are urging anyone with information to contact them on 049 4368807.

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