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Thursday 18 September 2014

Bid to halt landslides

Published 17/12/2012 | 05:00

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A SEASIDE town blighted by landslides has received €1.2m in a effort to try to solve the problem. Cobh is built on the slopes of steep cliffs running down to the water of Cork Harbour.

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Environment Minister Phil Hogan said the money would go toward strengthening walls and slopes. A study in 2009 identified around 200 areas where walls and slopes may be at risk of subsidence.

Hit-and-run appeal

GARDAI issued a fresh appeal for help to find a driver who was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident a month ago. Farmer Gerry Keane, from Ardrahan in south Co Galway, died when he was knocked down by a car as he crossed the N18 Galway-Limerick road November 16.

The popular bachelor, who was making his weekly Friday evening visit to his local pub, died in hospital the following day from his injuries. A dark coloured hatchback car, which was heading in the direction of Galway city, is believed to have been involved in the incident.

Man shot in hand

GARDAI are investigating an attack on a young man who was shot in the hand.

The man, who is in his early 20s and from Darndale in north Dublin, was shot outside an apartment in Clonshaugh Woods, Coolock, early on Saturday and was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Inland yacht event

AN inland yacht club is to host the Mirror World Championship next year. Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer, Co Tipperary, has won the bid to host the event in 2013 which will form a major part of next year's 'Gathering' in the county.

It will be the first world sailing event ever to be held in Irish inland waters. Lucy Sanders, commodore of the yacht club, said the decision was a "great honour" for the club.

Low-income burdens

OVER 14,000 low-income families could be faced with extra financial burdens if the property tax is levied on social housing, the Government has been warned. The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) – which represents some 300 non-profit housing associations across Ireland – is calling for its tenants to be exempted.

"This bill will stifle any attempt housing associations make to attract private finance to deliver more social housing, which is a government objective," said ICSH executive director Donal McManus.

Irish Independent

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