Four Railway Stations on new Irish Stamps

An Post have issued four new stamp designs, featuring Dundalk, Cork, Heuston and Bagenalstown Stations (see Journal.ie for details). There is an error in the Journal’s article in that the station at Dundalk featured on the stamp did not open until 1893 – the 1849 date is for the earlier D&BJR station which was to the south of the present station.

New Lock for the Lagan

The Lisburn Star reports that work is underway on a new footbridge and lock on the River Lagan, which, according to the paper “is part of a larger programme of work to open up the Lagan Navigation, linking in with other reinvigorated waterway systems throughout Ireland and opening up the waterway, which first opened in 1763, to Lisburn and eventually Lough Neagh.”

I wonder how they plan to deal with the motorway? Mind you, as Jeffrey Donaldson is a patron of the Lagan Navigation Trust, perhaps this is where part of the DUP’s £1bn is going.

Roșia Montană mining firm hit with retaliatory fine

I was on an organised IH trip of Romania last year and one of the locations visited was Roșia Montană, a site of historic mining remains. The village was a former shadow of itself as a Canadian mining firm had commenced the process of buying out the villagers to establish a modern mine in the area.

Thus far, they have not succeeded in doing so and the Guardian reports that the Romanian authorities have slapped a $8.6m tax bill on the company after the latter lodged a compensation claim over the failure to be allowed commence mining.