Judge gobsmacked by attitude of State witness to Athlone drugs trial

Westmeath’s Circuit Court judge has said he is gobsmacked that a State employed witness, who had been summonsed to court, went on holidays instead of attending an Athlone man’s drugs trial earlier this year.

Judge Tony Hunt said the failure of the forensic scientist to attend court in May had put in jeopardy the trial of a man who is in custody, charged with having €360,000 worth of drugs for sale or supply.

He said it was a disgraceful state of affairs, not fair, and not appropriate.


Business

Westmeath has 21.6 per cent increase in car sales in 2014 according to SIMI report

A new report by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) in association with DoneDeal has shown that new car sales in Westmeath have increased by 21.6 per cent for the first half of 2014. The Second Quarter Motor Industry Review for 2014, compiled by economist Jim Power, shows that 1,116 cars have been sold in Westmeath in the first six months of the year, compared with just 918 for the first half of 2013.

The Prince Bar head chef Darren Hollywood with his team Sanil, Theresa, Liz, Colm, Sam, and Nerus

Lifestyle

Discreet braces at Ortho Point

Ortho Point is a specialist orthodontic clinic located at the Dublin end of Mullingar town. All patients at Ortho Point Orthodontic Clinic can avail of discreet braces, which are either fixed (ceramic or lingual) or removable (clear pull-down vacuum formed braces).


Motoring

The new BMW i8 – the future of the supercar

The Frankfurt Motor Show last September heralded the arrival of BMW’s most advanced sport cars ever offered for sale. The future of the supercar arrives here this month with a starting price from €136,430 on-the-road. It includes a €2,500 VRT relief and a €5,000 SEAI grant.


News

Judge gobsmacked by attitude of State witness to Athlone drugs trial

Westmeath’s Circuit Court judge has said he is gobsmacked that a State employed witness, who had been summonsed to court, went on holidays instead of attending an Athlone man’s drugs trial earlier this year.

Pictured at the launch of the Galway Races recently are stylist Marietta Doran and Athlone Towncentre marketing manager, Shirley Delahunt with models Kate Harris and Nuala Gorham from Catwalk Modelling Agency

Opinion

O’Rourke invites Athlone to book launch “party”

Former Minister and TD, Mary O’Rourke is hoping to use the launch of her memoir on Sunday to provide “a bit of a party for Athlone”.


Property

Tax incentive attracts investors to O’Donnellan & Joyce forthcoming auction

O’Donnellan & Joyce reported this week that it has been overwhelmed by the number of investors who entered the market in recent weeks, particularly those looking for Galway city properties close to NUIG and UHG. The Government’s capital gains incentive introduced in 2013 comes to an end at the end of this year and provides for investors who purchase a property prior to the end of the year and holds it for seven years; they can then sell the property without having to pay capital gains tax. This is an incredible incentive for investors as there is no other asset that you can acquire and hold for a seven year period tax-free.

No 4 Moyola Park.

Sport

A resilient Athlone defeated by Dundalk

Every fixture until the end of the SSE Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division season carries huge significance for Athlone Town, who host St Patrick’s Athletic at Lissywoolen tomorrow evening.

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland was happy with how the game unfolded. Photo: Sportsfile

The Week

Helium says cheers to five great years

After five of the most fantastic years of being involved in organising the Helium Music Festival in aid of Ataxia Ireland, the committee has decided to step out on a high for now, in the aftermath of the massive success of Helium 2013.


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