Local Media Reports for the week ending 17 February 2018 by Tim Ryan

Local Media Reports 


Evening Echo

  • McGrath introduces new Bill to establish office of tax simplification
  • Concern at over-prescription of drugs
  • New Bill aims to reduce alcohol intake
  • Concern at dramatic reduction in community gardai numbers
  • Transport is the fastest growing contributor to gas emissions

Southern Star

  • Date sought for the re-opening of Ballinspittle Garda Station
  • Murphy O’Mahony supports issuing of heritage fishing licences
  • Date sought for opening of Protective Services Unit for West Cork


  • Scepticism about last bidder for broadband rollout
  • Moynihan calls for incentives for more rental properties
  • Concern at way utility companies leave public roads
  • Sherlock seeks progress on appointment of new Garda Commissioner

Dublin Mid West

Liffey Champion

  • People living beside Intel and Hewlett Packard have no access to broadband
  • Poor record of Government replies to South Dublin County Council
  • O’Rourke seeks extension of new blood testing system for diabetes sufferers


Connacht Tribune

  • Haphazard nature of broadband rollout criticised
  • Lawless calls for clarity on Irish emigrants voting abroad



  • Dáil adjourned amid heated exchanges between Healy-Raes and Marc MacSharry
  • A third of Kerry households in need of broadband
  • Ferris proposes legislation to give a licence to island fishermen


Kildare Nationalist

  • Progress sought on stalled development of Naas town centre
  • Roll out of broadband kicked down the road again

Kilkenny People

  • Tributes paid to the late Seamus Pattison
  • Frustration at lack of broadband now at boiling point
  • Call to regulate sulky racing

Connaught Telegraph

  • Mulherin accuses Dept of Transport of having no interest in the West
  • Concern at chronic underfunding of Davitt Museum
  • 4,000 people with housing needs in Mayo
Laois / Offaly

Tullamore Tribune

  • Cowen introduces Bill on overcrowding
  • Alcohol the biggest drug problem in Ireland
  • House certification costs too high - Cowen

Limerick Leader

  • Lack of high-speed broadband is biggest issue in County Limerick
  • Concern that Limerick being left behind in new affordable housing scheme
  • O’Dea raises independent report into UL
Longford / Westmeath

Westmeath Examiner

  • Disgrace that broadband is not available in many Westmeath townlands
  • Troy raises crisis facing Irish Rail

Waterford News and Star

  • Cullinane seeks assurance for North Quays project
  • Need for a second permanent cath lab in UHW
  • People of Tramore shocked at treatment of Educate Together school