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    Motorists challenge Gardaí despite obstructive and illegal parking at Wicklow tourist hot spots

    WICKLOW Gardaí issued over 100 fixed charge notices to illegally parked cars and had six vehicles towed away from Brittas Bay and Magheramore over the weekend, despite the amble parking provisions put in place by Wicklow County Council. The traffic chaos ensured despite Wicklow Gardaí issuing repeated warnings prior to the weekend, asking motorists to avail of the car parks at Brittas Bay and Magheramore and advising not to park in a manner that obstructs traffic.

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    Driver arrested as man (31) killed in horrific Wexford road crash

    The driver of a vehicle which was involved in a fatal road traffic collision late on Sunday night was arrested at the scene and remains in garda custody this morning. The horrific crash took place on the R733 (the New Line) at Bargy Commons, near the entrance to Murphy’s Barn, at around 10.40 p.m. on Sunday night.

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    Snail farmers report losses 'in the tens of thousands' amid claims they were misled

    Escargot Ireland, a representative group with over 60 members, has issued a warning to others considering starting a snail farming enterprise as some start-ups are reporting losses in the tens of thousands and claim to have been misled about the profitability of the sector. Many of the group’s members first commenced snail farming during the pandemic, having turned to advisory bodies and existing snail farmers for advice.

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    Tributes for teenager Bilal Tunkara following Laytown discovery

    Gardai confirmed the sad news after appealing for the missing teenager on Wednesday. "Following the discovery of a body in Laytown, Co. Meath this afternoon, Thursday, 11th August 2022, the search for missing person Bilal Tunkara has been stood down,” said a garda statement. An Garda Síochána would like to thank the media and public for their assistance in this matter.

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    Irish Independent

    'Everywhere Paddy went he played GAA' – Man who tragically died in Carlow swimming accident remembered at funeral

    Paddy Morris (39), who tragically died after he got into difficulty in the water in Co Carlow last week, has been remembered as someone “who lived his life to the fullest”. The Co Tyrone native was taken from the water, at the River Barrow near Carlow Town on Wednesday, but despite the best efforts of emergency services to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene. His funeral mass took place at the Church of the Assumption, Tullyallen, Co Tyrone this morning.

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    Irish Independent

    Pat Bennett reveals sons Kieran and Shane will be unavailable to new Waterford boss Davy Fitzgerald

    New Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald will have to plan without brothers Kieran and Shane Bennett in 2023. Their father Pat Bennett has confirmed that the siblings are destined to spend the coming season in Australia, with Kieran heading Down Under next week and Shane set to follow in January. But a third brother, 2020 All-Star Stephen, will still be available to the Déise.

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    Leo Varadkar takes aim at Sinn Féin during Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins commemoration

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has taken aim at Sinn Féin at a commemoration for Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins. The Fine Gael leader said Sinn Féin used the name of the party Arthur Griffith formed in the early 1900s but never tried to understand or follow the principles he and Collins lived by. Speaking in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin for the annual commemoration of the death in 1922 of the two Irish independence leaders, Mr Varadkar said: “As we all know, the name Sinn Féin was later used by thos