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Longford Leader editorial: Rise above the election spin, waffle and noise

While the election itself was no surprise, the choice of date - Saturday February 8 - certainly was. It is the first time that a general election has been held on a Saturday in this country since 1918.

Mr Varadkar may be hoping the move will court the youth vote, not to mention the votes ...

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Longford man fined for having no driving licence

Jason Cumiskey, 6 Fairgreen Lodge, Earl Street, Longford was charged under Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 after he was stopped at Townspark, Longford on April 3 2019.

Judge Seamus Hughes fined him €250 and gave him three months to pay.

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Sights of moving statue surfaces in Colmcille

That was until last weekend when work on a low cost safety scheme at the junction with Smear cross got off the ground.

The venture, aimed at improving sight line access for motorists and road users, recently got the go ahead after talks at local Municipal District level.

There has ...

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Deaths in Longford - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Eileen Dalton (née Reilly), Ballyreaghan, Ballinalee, Longford The death occurred, peacefully in the excellent care of the staff and nurses at St Camillus Nursing Centre Killucan, surrounded by her devoted family, on Monday, January 20 of Eileen Dalton (nee Reilly), Ballyreaghan, ...

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will visit Longford and Lanesboro today #GE2020

A week since the general election was called, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will be in Longford this morning, Tuesday, January 21, and he will be on the canvas trail with local #GE2020 party candidate Cllr Joe Flaherty.

Also read:  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar 'very ...

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TRAFFIC UPDATE: N55 closed between Granard and Ballinagh

The N55 is closed this morning between Ballinagh and Granard  due to a jack-knifed truck.  Local diversions are in place. More to follow.

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Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox reflects on passing of close friends in 2019

Matt O'Hara, a Ballinalee man left this world on March 14, almost 101. I was more friendly with his son, but equally enjoyed Matt.

Left a big space to fill around the Ballinalee area.

Eugene McGee was next to go, and his passing really shocked me, even though I knew he was quite ...

2020-01-20 20:31 open_in_new
Fine and jail for Midlands farmer on animal cruelty charges

At Tullamore District Court earlier today, Monday January 20, a Benny Deegan with an address of Clonminch, Tullamore, Co. Offaly admitted a total of 30 offences in contravention of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 (AHWA).

The offences comprised causing unnecessary suffering to ...

2020-01-20 16:19 open_in_new
Longford man fined after racking up seventh public order conviction

Francis Kelly, 7 Cuirt An Oir, Athlone Road, Longford was fined by Judge Seamus Hughes at last Tuesday’s District Court sitting following an incident at 1 Richmond Street, Longford on August 12 2019.

Sgt Mark Mahon, for the State, said gardaí were called to attend the scene at 3am ...

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Confirmed: Longford/Westmeath count to take place in Athlone

Ahead of the upcoming general election, February 08, concerns were raised by Longford councillors over proposals to move the count centre from Longford county.

Also read: General election count likely to be held in Athlone

Their fears were realised this morning, Monday January 20, ...

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Deaths in Longford - Monday, January 20, 2020

Nell Duignan (née Moran), Tooma, Cloone, Leitrim / Longford The death occurred, at Lough Erril Private Nursing Home, Mohill, Co Leitrim, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of doctors, nurses and carers, on Friday, January 17 of Mrs Nell Duignan (née Moran), Tooma, ...

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Lanesboro Food Hub funding 'an important first step'

Welcoming the announcement of funding for the Premier Lakelands Food hub, Cathaoirleach of Longford County Council (LCC), Micheál Carrigy, said the investment reconfirms the Government’s support for rural development.

He said: “This funding is an important first step in ...

2020-01-19 20:22 open_in_new
PICTURES | Drumlish Senior Citizens party goes down a treat with local community

A large number turned out for the Drumlish Senior Citizens party in the Olde Village Inn recently.

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WATCH | Jimmy Jests jubilant as bonfires blaze for Longford heroes of 2020 !

The bonfires are blazing for Longford's heroic O'Byrne Cup champions according to Jimmy Jests.

Not since the 1968 Leinster Championship winning team have Longford supporters been as proud, declares Jimmy.

He firmly believes that 2020 is Longford's year. 

Also read:  ...

2020-01-19 16:10 open_in_new
Killashee resident in court on driving offence charges

A man accused of dangerous driving and driving without insurance is likely to hinge on the relevancy of CCTV linked to the case, a court hearing heard last week.

Eamon Stokes, 44 Cluain na Sibhe, Killashee, Co Longford was charged with three road traffic offences relating to an incident at ...

2020-01-19 14:04 open_in_new
Deaths in Longford - Sunday, January 19, 2020

Nell Duignan (née Moran), Tooma, Cloone, Leitrim / Longford The death occurred, at Lough Erril Private Nursing Home, Mohill, Co Leitrim, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of doctors, nurses and carers, on Friday, January 17 of Mrs Nell Duignan (née Moran), Tooma, ...

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Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: There comes a time when government of the day must accept responsibility

Simon Harris appeared with the Taoiseach on the six o’clock news on TV, on the evening of January 6. Speechifying by the minute.

Immediately afterwards we had Liam Woods of the HSE on the same broadcast and he was talking about ‘opening beds’?? What on earth does he mean when he ...

2020-01-19 11:58 open_in_new
Twitter reacts to Longford's famous win in the O'Bryne Cup final

Twitter didn't exist when Longford last won the O'Byrne Cup in 2000 and after today's famous win, Longford's third in the competition (the previous wins were in 1965 and 2000) there many twitter messages of congratulations. 


2020-01-18 20:13 open_in_new
CHAMPIONS ! Mighty Quinn’s goal decisive as brilliant Longford capture first O’Byrne Cup crown since 2000

Longford were deservedly crowned O’Bryne Cup Leinster senior football kingpins for the first time since 2000 as their hunger and determination to succeed blew Offaly away in today’s final at Bord an Móna O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Leinster GAA O'Byrne Cup Senior Football ...

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Over 90 jobs to be created as part of Longford food hub project

The people of Lanesboro / Ballyleague received welcome news last week, with confirmation from Minister Heather Humphreys that €1.34m has been allocated for the establishment of a new Premier Lakeland’s food hub, which has the potential to create up to 90 jobs over a five year ...

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