Paper Preview: April 26

A look at some of the main stories in this week’s issue of the Longford Leader.

At a recent meeting of Granard Town Council it was revealed that members of ten separate families living in the vicinity of a controversial telecommunications mast have been affected by cancer.

Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, James Bannon, has defended his fact-finding trip to the USA ahead of upcoming Oireachtas debates on abortion. It transpired that the visit was partially funded by an anti-abortion group.

Longford County Council have failed in their attempts to acquire the historic Granard Motte, after a third party submitted a substantially higher bid for the land it is situated on.

In sport, there was disappointment for Longford RFC after they were comfortably beaten by Tullamore in the final of the Towns Cup. Longford’s minor footballers also tasted defeat as they lost out to Laois in the first round of the Leinster Minor Championship. Meanwhile, in soccer Longford Town recorded a 2-1 victory over rivals Athlone Town to maintain their position at the top of Division One of the Airtricity League.