Dissidents in court
TWO men appeared before a sitting of the Special Criminal Court at the weekend charged with the possession of explosive substances.
James Brennan (44) and Joseph Kirwan (39) were arrested in Co Kildare. Both Mr Brennan, of Newbridge, Kildare, and Mr Kirwan, of Ballybrittas, Co Laois, were charged with the possession of explosive substances. Mr Brennan was also charged with membership of an unlawful organisation. The pair were remanded in custody to appear again on Wednesday.
Salmon farm protest
UP TO 2,000 protesters took part in a demonstration against a proposed Galway Bay fish farm over the weekend, warning that the plans would cause damage to tourism, fishing and the environment.
The protest, organised by Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages, is against the development by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) which has applied for a deep sea salmon farming licence for a 456-hectare organic salmon farm. BIM believes the development will create 500 jobs.
Mountain to climb
A man hoping to scale Everest climbed Croagh Patrick 12 times in 24 hours as part of his training regime.
Peter O'Connell (29), from Tuam, Co Galway, has been in training for two years in order to fulfill his Everest dream and hopes to become only the 34th Irish person to do so. He is hoping to raise over €20,000 for a suicide charity and raise awareness of the work of Pieta House.
Suicide an 'epidemic'
WEXFORD Coroner Dr Sean Nixon has appealed for better mental health services to combat the 'major epidemic' of suicide in the county.
He made his comments after recording death by suicide verdicts in 10 out of 14 inquests heard at a sitting of Wexford Coroner's Court. At the end of the sitting, jury foreman Fergie Kehoe said the number of suicides being heard in the court were increasing and suggested that an increased level of out-of-hours mental health services would help prevent some of these tragic deaths.
Blur to play Irish gig
BRITPOP band Blur have announced their first Irish date in four years.
The reformed group will play at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin, on Thursday, August 1. Bass player Alex James said: "We're really looking forward to the Dublin show. It's always great to play in front of an Irish crowd." Tickets go on sale this Thursday at 9am, priced at €62.50.