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Kilkenny's new St Francis Bridge to open to traffic on Wednesday

SMITHWICK NAME TO ALSO BE HONOURED ON ABBEY SITE. 

PHOTO BY PAT MOORE, PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, KILKENNY. 

The new bridge over the Nore.

The new bridge in Kilkenny City. Photo: Pat Moore.

The new 'St Francis Bridge' in Kilkenny City will be open to traffic on Wednesday morning from 11 am.

The name of the bridge was decided today by local councillors, in keeping with the nearby St Francis Abbey and brewery site. It was selected from a shortlist of eight names, following public consultation. At today's meeting, councillors voiced their support for the name, but said some part of the site must include the 'Smithwick' name, which has been such an integral part of Kilkenny's history.

Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh officially proposed the ‘St Francis’ name, which was seconded by Cllr Melissa O’ Neill. Cllr Cavanagh said the matter had been the subject of long discussions, and it was important that the Smithwick name be included in some aspect of the site, such as a street or square.

“On behalf of the Fine Gael group, we are very anxious that Edmund Smithwick would be remembered - the family, the people who worked there - would be remembered in a very special way,” said Cllr Cavanagh.

“None of us underestimate the value of their contribution and all that was done.”

Cllr Pat Fitzpatrick said he supported this initiative, and that the naming had gone through a comprehensive process. Cllr Fidelis Doherty, who is the chairman of the council’s naming and memorial policy committee, thanked the public, the councillors, and the staff for all their input.

Cllr Patrick McKee said he supported the council’s decision, but was equally keen to see some aspect of the site acknowledging the role of the Smithwick family 'and their invaluable contribution’.

Cllr David Kennedy said it was a fitting name. The Sinn Fein councillor noted that a lot of people had objected to the bridge, but the proposed name had found much agreement generally.

Cllr Melissa O’ Neill referred to ‘the upset’ the project had caused to some people, and the divisions arising from the development. She said she hoped the name could help to bring people together in a good way.

Cllr Andrew McGuinness said credit was due to the members of the public who made submissions and included reasons for why they felt the bridge should be named in line with their suggestion.

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Kilkenny to push for more action horse-drawn vehicles.

COUNCILLOR McGUINNESS PRESSES NEW BY-LAWS 

Kilkenny to push for more action on issue of horse-drawn vehicles

Cllr Andrew McGuinness, who initially brought forward by-laws to prohibit sulky racing on public roads.

Kilkenny is to explore the possibilities of creating a new system of rules around the use of horse-drawn vehicles, including licensing, age restrictions, and a test of roadworthiness.

It follows the unanimous passing of a Notice of Motion brought by Cllr Andrew McGuinness at a council meeting on Monday. The Motion called for the council to work with local Gardai to create a system of licensing and regulation in the city and county.

Key to the regulations will be an age restriction on those who can operate horse-drawn vehicles, an ‘NCT'-type test prioritising road safety and animal welfare, and a license/registration requirement. At present, there is very little regulation.

Cllr McGuinness said the motion had been brought due to ongoing issues of animal cruelty, as well as the situation whereby young children can be often seen operating on horses or sulkies on public roads.

Cllr David Fitzgerald said he had raised the issue previously at a Joint Policing Committee meeting and wondered whether it was a matter for national legislation.

Director of services Mary Mulholland said that Gardai have advised they would have some difficulty enforcing the regulations on a county basis, and it would appear to require national legislation. She said that a lot of progress had been made on the microchipping issue, and noted that there was laws around animal welfare which were enforced.

Ms Mulholland said that the Gardai had responded to 60 ‘animal incidents’ since the beginning of the year.

Cllr McGuinness welcomed the response, but said he felt waiting on national legislation was too slow. He noted that Kilkenny had been the first local authority area to bring in bylaws banning sulky racing on public roads, and said that other councils were now seeking to implement similar bylaws.

Speaking to the Kilkenny People after Monday‘s meeting, Cllr McGuinness said he was delighted the Motion was supported unanimously. He hoped as much of it as possible was implemented, even though part would require national legislation. He noted that local TD John McGuinness had also recently tabled a Parliamentary Question on the matter. The Fianna Fail councillor said he was ‘very disappointed’ with the response so far, and said there seemed to be little urgency.

“The response from the Minister is shocking,” said Cllr McGuinness.

“He acknowledges that there is no legislation to prevent children using horse drawn vehicles, no legislation to ensure such vehicles are road worthy and nothing to ensure other road users are safe. He then states that that there are no plans to introduce any legislation despite the growing number of horrific incidents all over the country.

"If the Minister is not prepared to deal with such a big problem then we will have to deal with ourselves locally and I hope all of the relevant authorities can come together on this to create long term solutions once and for all.

 

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Cannabis seized from car in residential area destined for Kilkenny City drugs market

MALE IN HIS TWENTIES ARRESTED

Cannabis seized from car in residential area destined for Kilkenny City drugs market

Cannabis seizure in city

Gardaí are continuing their investigations following a seizure of cannabis in Kilkenny City on Saturday night.

Plain clothes members of the Kilkenny Drugs Unit stopped a vehicle at Whitewood in the Johnswell Road area of the city.

The gardaí were on patrol in the area at the time when they observed the vehicle acting suspiciously.

They stopped and searched the vehicle and seized approximately €1,300 worth of cannabis.

"The drugs were destined for the local drugs market in Kilkenny City," a garda spokesman said.

A man in his twenties was arrested and quizzed in connection with the seizure. He was subsequently released without charge and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Seriously, it's time to legalise pot for private consumption in the home but not for public use. It could be on sale in chemists , at the discretion of the pharmacist that it is not being abused. And taxed by the State, of course!

Kilkenny to push for more action on issue of horse-drawn vehicles

COUNCILLOR'S NOTICE OF MOTION RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT

Kilkenny is to explore the possibilities of creating a new system of rules around the use of horse-drawn vehicles, including licensing, age restrictions, and a test of roadworthiness.

It follows the unanimous passing of a Notice of Motion brought by Cllr Andrew McGuinness at a council meeting on Monday. The Motion called for the council to work with local Gardai to create a system of licensing and regulation in the city and county.

Key to the regulations will be an age restriction on those who can operate horse-drawn vehicles, an ‘NCT'-type test prioritising road safety and animal welfare, and a license/registration requirement. At present, there is very little regulation.

Cllr McGuinness said the motion had been brought due to ongoing issues of animal cruelty, as well as the situation whereby young children can be often seen operating on horses or sulkies on public roads.

Cllr David Fitzgerald said he had raised the issue previously at a Joint Policing Committee meeting and wondered whether it was a matter for national legislation.

Director of services Mary Mulholland said that Gardai have advised they would have some difficulty enforcing the regulations on a county basis, and it would appear to require national legislation. She said that a lot of progress had been made on the microchipping issue, and noted that there was laws around animal welfare which were enforced.

Ms Mulholland said that the Gardai had responded to 60 ‘animal incidents’ since the beginning of the year.

Cllr McGuinness welcomed the response, but said he felt waiting on national legislation was too slow. He noted that Kilkenny had been the first local authority area to bring in bylaws banning sulky racing on public roads, and said that other councils were now seeking to implement similiar bylaws.

Speaking to the Kilkenny People after Monday‘s meeting, Cllr McGuinness said he was delighted the Motion was supported unanimously. He hoped as much of it as possible was implemented, even though part would require national legislation. He noted that local TD John McGuinness had also recently tabled a Parliamentary Question on the matter. The Fianna Fail councillor said he was ‘very disappointed’ with the response so far, and said there seemed to be little urgency.

“The response from the Minister is shocking,” said Cllr McGuinness.

“He acknowledges that there is no legislation to prevent children using horse drawn vehicles, no legislation to ensure such vehicles are road worthy and nothing to ensure other road users are safe. He then states that that there are no plans to introduce any legislation despite the growing number of horrific incidents all over the country.

"If the Minister is not prepared to deal with such a big problem then we will have to deal with ourselves locally and I hope all of the relevant authorities can come together on this to create long term solutions once and for all.

 

 

Irish Soon Facing Ethnic Extinction

November 13, 2016

 
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(left, Ireland doesn't look like this anymore.)
 
 Last year Merkel and her fellow Rothschild shills opened the gates of continental Europe to millions of "refugees", but successive Irish governments had beaten them to it.
Jude Duffy asseses the 
legacy of two decades of traitorous "leaders."
 
 
 
( Disclaimer-  Immigration should be governed by national interests, not the agenda of Masonic Jewish banker world tyranny.] 
 

"Like his fellow Zionist advocates of open borders for Ireland, [Alan Shatter's] enthusiasm for immigration to Ireland is only matched by his support for an Israeli state which imprisons and deports African asylum seekers, and is openly racist by its very nature."
 
 
by Jude Duffy
henrymakow.com
 
 
Ireland has a worse immigration problem than Germany, Sweden, the UK or France. On O'Connell Street, Dublin city centre's main thoroughfare, foreigners often outnumber native Irish at a rate of well over 100 to one. The official figures say migrants account for around 15 per cent of the Irish population - much higher than in most European countries, but still an huge underestimate.
 
These days you can drive from the centre of Dublin to its northern inner suburbs without seeing one white Irish pedestrian en route. Schools in many parts of Dublin have almost no white Irish pupils, and convenience stores, restaurants and supermarkets are staffed overwhelmingly by south Asians, Africans, Chinese and Eastern Europeans. 
 
Last year Merkel and her fellow Rotchshild shills opened the gates of continental Europe to millions of "refugees", but successive Irish governments had beaten them to it by about 20 years. From the mid-1990s onwards, Ireland welcomed  hundreds of thousands of migrants. This process accelerated rapidly from the mid 2000s onwards - to the point where foreigners now form a majority in many localities.
 
Take for example the formerly sleepy seaside village of Balbriggan, just 15 miles of north of Dublin city: The 2011 census says that out of a population of almost 20.000, 31 per cent are ethnically non-Irish and 12 per cent are black. Even five years ago, a walk down its streets indicated that this figure vastly understated the number of foreigners residing there. Indeed Africans  predominate at  street level to such an extent that popular parlance has renamed the town "Blackbriggan".
 
Indeed, far from seeking to put a lid on the problem, the Irish state class go looking for new migrants - for all the world  like a poultry farmer beckoning foxes on to his land. Only two weeks ago, an Irish naval vessel "rescued" almost 800 "refugees" off the coast of Tripoli and shipped them to Ireland. Britain says it will take twenty thousands refugees over a five year period; Ireland, a much smaller economy, says there is no upper limit on the number it will accept.
 
NO NATIONAL DEBATE
 
Unlike the German, Swedish or British immigration crises, there has been no discussion, much less outcry, about this coordinated invasion of Ireland from all corners of the globe. In fact any debate on the issue dwells exclusively on whether the Irish state and the Irish people are doing enough for the new arrivals. British newspapers like the Sun, and the Daily Mail wax indignant about the immigration problems of the UK, but their sister versions in Ireland denounce any similar concern on the part of Irish people as vicious racism.
 
By the same token, Irish media commentaries on the Brexit referendum last Summer invariably acknowledged the "legitimate concerns of the British people about immigration". No argument there of course, but these Anglo-Zio-Masonic outlets deem any similar concern on the part of Irish people about a proportionally much larger influx completely out of bounds.
 
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Unsurprisingly Jewish tribal supremacists feature prominently among those who promote the immigration cause in Ireland, chief among them the veteran politician Alan Shatter. Shatter, a doyen for decades of cultural Marxist and anti-nationalist causes, engineered the rise to prominence of the current Taoiseach  (Irish Prime Minister)  Enda Kenny - up to that point an obscure journey man rural TD (Irish member of parliament), and rumoured transvestite.
 
FUCKERS
 
In 2008, the then Taoiseach Brian Cowen was caught on a live mike in Dail Eireann calling Kenny, Shatter, and the rest of the Fine Gael opposition front bench "Freemason Fuckers". Within a few weeks of this outburst, Cowen's government was hit by a huge financial and economic crisis instigated by Goldman Sachs - a crisis that shredded the last vestiges of Ireland's political and economic independence. Cowen staggered on in office for another two years, at which point a Masonic cabal in his own party ousted him, and installed one of their brethren, Michael Martin, as leader. After the ensuing general election in early 2011, Kenny and his fellow "Freemason F..kers" took power.
 
Shatter lost  no time in showing who called the shots in the new regime, by grabbing for himself no less than four senior ministries: Justice, Defence, Equality and Law Reform.
As Minister for almost everything, he avidly promoted  mass migration, and regularly hosted elaborate mass citizenship ceremonies for the "new Irish".
 
Like his fellow Zionist advocates of open borders for Ireland, his enthusiasm for immigration to Ireland is only matched by his support for an Israeli state which imprisons and deports African asylum seekers, and is openly racist by its very nature.
 
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Jewish tribalists  like Shatter, Ronit Lentin, and the multipurpose cultural Marxist activist, Ivan Bacik, abound  in the Irish "anti-racist" and pro-migration movements, but it would be a cop-out to imply that Jews alone drive this movement. The vast majority of the presstitutes and political whores who promote mass immigration in Ireland, are, alas, self-hating cucks of Irish Catholic stock. And where the presstitutes lead, the sheeple follow. Lament the huge demographic transformation of Ireland and many Irish men will respond by simpering in true girly "pathological altruist" fashion, "Sure, we emigrated everywhere" - as if the Irish are duty bound to succumb to collective suicide, merely because, they, like every other European nation, have a history of emigration.
 
EMASCULATED MALES
 
For many Irish men, the ultimate statement of their masculinity is not pride in their country, but a nerdishly obsessive devotion to English soccer teams like Manchester United or Chelsea.  They exemplify the cultural phenomenon I call the "macho mangina": those men who have no stomach for defying the Feminist-thought cops and national suicide engineers, and who instead overcompensate by adopting a lifestyle the corporate crass media, with clear diversionary intent, sets before them as "manly" - e.g., obsessive interest in sport, cars, alcohol heavy metal, porn, etc.
 
The Makow site often refers to the illuminati's  penchant for  projecting on to their enemies the machinations they themselves perpetually engage in. Since the foundation of the new state, Anglo-Irish Masonry has habitually deployed this technique. Irish literature, for example, has long been one long whine about the power the Catholic Church and "narrow-minded Irish nationalism" supposedly  wielded over the society at large in days of yore
 
Masonic hogwash. Even at the height of Eamon De Valera's alleged Catholic "theocracy", Masonic Protestants and Jews owned all the major banks and industries in Ireland. Some of them, like Guinness, continued anti-Catholic employment practices until well into the 1960s. Ireland's leading newspaper, The Irish Tmes, only got its first nominally (very nominal indeed) Catholic editor in the mid-1980s. Two of the first four Irish presidents of the Irish state were Protestants, even though Catholics accounted for over 95 per cent of the population. Trinity College Dublin, was another Protestant citadel.
 
As for the vexed issue of clerical sexual abuse, some prominent Anglo Irish Protestants, to their great credit, have lamented how the Irish media and state class deliberately suppress information about such abuse in Protestant denominations - the presstitutes' clear intent being to foster the false impression that this disgusting vice is a purely Catholic problem. And even the notoriously un-Catholic Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has revealed  that the same Irish government which relentlessly bashes the Church for covering up clerical sexual abuse has written to him requesting that he allow lay teachers convicted of child sexual abuse to continue teaching in Catholic schools! As they say, you couldn't make it up.
 
IRELAND ON LIFE SUPPORT
 
There's method in all of this. By depicting the founders of the Irish state as blood-crazed psychos, and the Catholic faith as an all powerful  religion of repressed sadistic perverts, the Anglo-Zionist Irish media instil in the Irish people a crippling guilt about the very existence of their nation. And, needless to say, this form of psychic driving offensive dovetails perfectly with the mass migration agenda.  If you've been taught to believe your nation has no right to exist, why on earth would you fight its destruction?
 
There is almost no white nationalist movement in Ireland to speak of, partly for the reasons already cited, but also  because old-school Irish nationalists can have no truck with an Anglo-white nat movement, which, much more often than not, loathes any form of Irish nationalism, and is slavishly devoted to the Ultra-Judaeo- Masonic tenets of Ulster British Orangeism (an enthusiasm Anglo-white nats share with their alleged enemies in the Talmudic Neocon movement.
 
Not that there are many old school nationalists left anyway. From the 1970s onwards, both wings of Sinn Fein/IRA were co-opted by their Anglo-Masonic enemies, and bizarre as it may sound, both now act as mouthpieces for the anti-nationalist agenda of mass migration and multiculturalism The same applies to all the other political parties. Indeed, to an extent unparalleled by any other European country, Irish culture is defined by knee-jerk adherence to PC shibboleths..
 
ECONOMY
 
Today the country is in a post-depression phase. Wages have been slashed, working hours increased, and draconian new taxes levied, all in response to the manufactured economic "crisis" of 2008. Shatter has beem forced out of  frontline politicals, but his protege Dame Enda clings on as Taoiseach by his (varnished?) fingernails -  with an openly homosexual half-Indian, Leo Varadkar, waIting in the wings to take over.
 
The same Goldman Sachs lackeys who enforce this austerity affect to see no contradiction in continuing their de facto open borders policy, not to mention providing lavish social welfare, health, education, and so on, to the new arrivals. The political whores and the presstitutes defend this haIRshirt agenda by screaming "The  party is over! The money just isn't there anymore!" 
 
Needless to say, they never get around to explaining why, if this is the case, so much largesse still abounds for the many tens of thousands of migrants who are waved through at our airports, ports and northern border every year. The lackeys' economic policy is like a father donating the family's savings to able bodied pan-handlers, while forcing his wife and children to live on dry bread and water.
 
Because of their small numbers (around four and a half million), the massive volume of new arrivals, and the complete absence of any form of organized resistance, the native Irish face ethnic extinction much sooner than most other western nations. But as things stand that does not seem to bother most of them too much - or at least not enough to do anything about it. After all there are more pressing things to worry about: Manchester United are struggling to regain their form in the English Premier League...
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- See more at: https://www.henrymakow.com/2016/11/ireland-faces-ethnic-extinction.html#sthash.lUhUsAxE.dpuf

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:19

THE FOOLS, THE FOOLS, THE FOOLS.

Kilkenny to accommodate 140 foreign refugees. 

Kilkenny County Council confirmed this morning that the figure is
likely to be made up of 25 to 30 families plus some single persons.
The request from The Department of Justice and Equality is a direct
response to the humanitarian crisis that has developed in Southern
Europe arising from mass migration from areas of conflict in the
Middle East and Africa. There is no conflict in Africa, that is a bare-faced lie. We have taken more than our share already. Don't vote for politicians pushing more in on top of us , there's no space left in our small town. 

WHERE ON EARTH ARE THE HOSPITAL BEDS?  St. Luke's is massively overcrowded because of the present mass immigration into the city. Where are the school places? Where are the jobs? And what about the survival of the local Irish dependent on council housing and services?  Haven't we far too many here already pressed in upon a small Irish native population trying to survive?  People can't get their operations and procedures as it is. 

This is Merkel's decision and not ours. Best get out of the EU altogether if they are going to destroy our country and our nation like this without ever giving us the choice of a referendum  on all this mass immigration being shoved down our throats. What is to become of |Ireland, our children and their children's children? These Muslims have not integrated , will not integrate, they spread an evil and dangerous cult, and not a religion of peace or love. They have nothing in common with us and they want nothing in common with us. This is the worst form of dictatorship , nobody should co-operate and does who do should be seen for what they are - traitors to the national community, enemies to the rest of us. 

Yes these people are the result of a humanitarian crisis- but we have a MILLION immigrants here already in such a small country as Ireland, we have more immigrants per head here now than any other country in the world. And we are paying FOUR BILLIONS a year, EIGHTY BILLIONS in total since this crazy EU scheme started,  for all this newcomers. There is simply not the housing here. The country is being deliberately wrecked by idiots in the Dail who want to look good, the stupid virtue signallers!

And how many of these people will ever work. We have friends who came here fifteen years ago from Eritrea in 2002 and they are on the Dole ever since, they have never worked and never will. Surely it is madness, it is insanity to pursue such foolish policies as that?  What are our politicians thinking at all, or do they want to continue to kiss merkel's  arse?  Throw them all out next election !!!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 02:20

GET WELL SOON, MALCOLM!

Kilkenny Green councillor having surgery this morning

15 May 2017

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Kilkenny Green councillor having  surgery this morning

by Michael McGrath

We call him Wonderful Blunderfull  Noonan  - Kilkenny's Green Party councillor, Malcolm Noonan is in hospital this morning for surgery after he fell of his bike last Thursday.

It means he will miss only his third council meeting in 13 years.

He has asked that an item on the agenda for the meeting, a review of the St Patrick's weekend festival, be deferred, as he is the chairman of it and would like an input.

On Monday morning  he was admitted to St James's Hospital in Dublin after injuries sustained in the bicycle accident on Thursday afternoon.

Malcolm was really disappointed that he would miss the opening of the new St. Francis Bridge with the introduction of the new CAS road system through the city. But he needn't worry as the Kilkenny Journal has arranged to deputise for him at what we regard as the greatest civic event this year. 

We genuinely wish him a speedy recovery and to come home soon, even though we can't agree with him on anything in politics no matter how hard we try. 

So we hope to say a few words on Malcolm's behalf welcoming the new bridge - now that should get him out of his Dublin hospital bed fast and back to Kilkenny like lightning  !


His application to rejoin them on the Council and in the party was rejected by 5 votes to 4 today of his former Fianna fail colleagues, just as the Kilkenny Journal had forecast would happen. 

Meanwhile his former Renua party has decided to go against abortion as the party policy. 

SECRET BALLOT HELD BY NINE FIANNA FAIL COUNCILLORS THIS EVENING, PAT Mc KEE REJECTED. 

Cllr Paddy McKee.

 

Local councillor Patrick McKee suffered a setback this evening in his ambitions to rejoin his former party of Fianna Fail.

It's understood a secret ballot between the nine current local Fianna Fail councillors was returned 5-4 against his reintroduction. However, the situation going forward remains unclear, as his application for membership was recently accepted by party HQ.

Cllr McKee, who originally joined Fianna Fail in back in 2006, had re-applied to join the party having left last year to contest the Carlow-Kilkenny By-Election for fledgling party Renua Ireland.

Tonight, the nine Fianna Fail members met after a meeting of Kilkenny County Council to vote on the matter. Local party whip Cllr Matt Doran presided over a secret ballot in which the nine cast their votes.

The 28-year-old Mckee was regarded as a rising star, having secured more than 10% of the First Preference vote in the Kilkenny City West constituency in his first electoral outing. In his first year, he was elected Vice-Chairman of Kilkenny County Council, as well as Chairman of the Joint Policing Committee.

However he fought two Dail elections against FF party candidates, possibly preventing a third FF TD being elected in the general election,  and he has sought to get back on the Fianna Fail party ticket for the Council elections in Kilkenny West in two years' time. The two sitting FF councillors were never going to allow that to happen, they couldn't be expected to, and now it's obvious that they had support from three fellow party councillors who felt the same way. 

Paddy McKee is beginning to run out of parties - or is he? The talk of a Fine Gael meeting in Langtons a few months ago is that he might go over to them , and it was said that as a young councillor of great talent he would be genuinely welcome. That would still be the case as David Fitzgerald would have no problem with Paddy joining him on the party ticket in the city for the Council elections - though the FG Dail nomination is seen as between David and Mayor Pat O'Neill next time round, with Big Daddy Pat O'Neill certain it will go to the son of whom he is so proud - and why wouldn't he be. 

There is definitely room in Labour with that party having no seat whatsoever in the city and a vote now comparable to Justin Barrett's National Party or  Peter O'Loughlin's IDENTITY IRELAND , both new parties also possibles for Pat McKee. O'Loughlin grabbed nearly a thousand votes without even canvassing here in the by-election!  Justin Barrett is know and loved in pro-life quarters throughout the land as his new party gains rapidly on foot of its UKIP-like anti mass immigration "Ireland for the Irish" policy. Immigration is now over a million here, as Mary Harney forecast back in 2005 when she told us to get used to it, that we would have to live with it - but there's as many Irish gone. This is the biggest and most important policy area of all, it's the elephant in the room. 

Alternatively Pat McKee could try Fianna Fail again in two years time, after the next local elections , and he could be more successful then in rejoining the party of his student days  in WIT and Cork uni. Whatever he decides he is still a very capable and popular councillor and young enough to succeed . At 28 he has the world at his feet . 

His former Kieran's college classmate Mayor Pat O'Neill would welcome him with open arms too. Pat McKee still has such good friends left in Kilkenny who will stand by him whatever. We feel the best thing he can do is go and have a chat with his loyal friend , the mayor. 




STAIRS DEATH PROBE 

Young mum who was found dead at bottom of stairs at Co Kilkenny house is named

Rita Apine, who had a young child, is understood to have been living in the country for a number of years

THIS is the young mum who was found dead with serious injuries at her home yesterday.

Rita Apine was discovered at the bottom of the stairs at the property in Freshford, Co Kilkenny.

Rita Apine had been living in Ireland for a number of years Rita Apine had been living in Ireland for a number of years

The 29-year-old, who had a young child, is understood to have been living in the country for a number of years after moving from Eastern Europe.

Gardai were alerted by an ambulance crew called to her home and medics gave CPR.

She was initially responsive but died some time later at nearby St Luke’s Hospital.

A 30-year-old Eastern European man was arrested and quizzed in connection with her death at Kilkenny Garda Station.

The young mum passed away yesterdayThe young mum passed away yesterday afternoon

Rita is believed to have moved to the apartment in Bridge Street last year.

It is understood investigations are centring on whether the woman was assaulted or fell in the property. Gardai launched an appeal for information this morning.

A spokesperson said: “Gardai are particularly appealing to anybody who visited the local Costcutter shop, or who may have been in the Bridge Street area of Freshford Village, between the hours of 8am and 1pm on Sunday, May 14 and who may have heard or noticed anything out of the ordinary to contact them.

“The body has been removed from the scene to Waterford Regional Hospital.

“The State Pathologist has been notified, and a post mortem will be carried out today the 15th May 2017.

Rita Tragic Rita Apine was treated at the doorstep of her home

“The services of the Garda Technical Bureau have been requested, and a full technical examination of the scene will be carried out.”

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told Independent.ie: “I was coming up the road at about 1pm and saw quite a crowd of medical staff trying to resuscitate her – there was one ambulance and two fire engines.

“She was being treated just outside her house at the doorstep. I thought it was a woman who may have passed out but now know that this wasn’t the case.

“The guards then came on the scene and I understand there are CCTV cameras around the town, which may help.

“It’s such a sad thing to have happened.”

Another local said: “The mother had a little girl and you would often see them walking around the town.

“I’m honestly so shocked and saddened by it all.

“To have something like this happen here is really very tragic.”

Fianna Fáil councillor Michael McCarthy said: “It’s very, very sad. This is just a quiet, rural village and everybody here knows each other.”

The victim who died 'in suspicious circumstances' yesterday following an incident at her home in Freshford has been named locally as Rita Apine.

The 29-year-old Latvian had moved to the village in recent times and is remembered by her neighbours as a kind and bubbly woman who was devoted to her young daughter.

"You would always see the two of them together, they had a lovely relationship and she was a doting and caring Mother, she adored her little girl," one local remembered.

A man, believed to be a foreign national, is being held in custody at Kilkenny Garda Station while a post mortem is taking place at the moment. 

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