Part of the crowd at last night’s event in Longford. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy/The Irish Times

Several hundred people turned up last night at the launch of a new initiative to promote employment growth in one of the areas worst hit by emigration(...)

Hugh Morris (pictured with Brian Dougan, director Mafic SA, on left) an auctioneer from Co Meath, received €105,000.

More than 170 new jobs are to be created by two companies in Dublin and Meath.Manufacturer Mafic is to build a basalt-smelting plant in Kells, Co Meat(...)

Hugh Morris, an auctioneer from Co Meath, who received a €105,000 reward as a result of his part in bringing about the announcement of the creation of 70 new jobs in Kells. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

It was a casual conversation that sparked a series of events that should ulitimatley lead to a €105,000 payday for Kells auctioneer, Hugh Morris. Morr(...)