News in Brief

By Frank Shouldice
December / January 2005

RESIDENTS in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork have vowed to oppose construction of Ireland’s first toxic waste incinerator. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave a green light to the controversial project by granting a waste management license to Indaver Ireland. The company has plans to build a similar facility near Duleek, Co. Meath but despite the EPA decision environmentalist groups and residents in both areas say they will take their campaign to the courts…

FORMER priest Cornelius ‘Neil’ Horan was acquitted after a London jury dismissed a charge of indecency with a young girl. The 57-year-old priest from Co. Kerry has gained worldwide notoriety through public stunts to proclaim that the second coming of Christ is close at hand. Last year he broke through a barrier at Silverstone race track in the middle of a Formula One race and in August at the Athens Olympics he obstructed the Brazilian athlete who was leading the marathon at the time. On both occasions Horan wore a traditional Irish dancing costume. When the court dismissed the charge of indecency at a South London parish Horan professed immense relief and celebrated the verdict by performing a jig in the same costume outside the court…

HUNDREDS of homes and business premises were severely damaged by flooding in Munster and Leinster following heavy rains and high winds. Cork, Wexford and Waterford were all hit by the deluge but the most server damage was experienced in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary where the River Suir burst its banks. Clonmel has suffered heavy flooding in recent years and construction on a proposed Euro35 million flood alleviation project is set to begin next year. “People are just hoping that we won’t see similar rain this winter because the Office of Public Works are telling us now that it will be this time next year before any work on the new scheme will start,” said the town mayor Denis Dunne…

THE body of Airman Brian Kane, a 29-year-old form Co. Donegal, was brought home for burial following his sudden death at the U.S. Air Force base in Clovis, New Mexico. Ranked as Airman First Class he worked as media liaison officer at the base but died tragically before a game of soccer. Eight U.S. Air Force personnel accompanied his body’s return to Ireland and acted as pallbearers at the funeral in Killymard, just outside Donegal town. ♦

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