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A number of lifesaving rings at Creeve Lough were found to be missing by council staff last Monday and it's not entirely clear whether it was an incident of theft or antisocial behavior.
This incident follows news of a tragedy in Annalong, County Down, where a man and a teenage boy drowned in a quarry.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
Postmortems were carried out on the bodies of three brothers who drowned when their fishing vessel overturned at sea.
The tragedy unfolded off the southwest coast of Ireland when the men's 18-foot punt did not return to Dunmore, County Waterford, last Wednesday evening.
The three, named locally as Paul, Shane and Kenny Bolger, have been remembered as hard-working and decent men who will be sorely missed.
All were aged in their 40s and originally from Passage East; two, Paul and Shane, were married with children.
[Source: Irish Independent]
The Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar is among the hospitals where abortions may be carried out under the government’s Protection of Human Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013.
As part of the legislation, some “appropriate institutions” are specified for the purposes of the act, including Portiuncula, Mullingar and Portlaoise hospitals. The hospitals listed include public hospitals with obstetric units.
Under the bill, it will now be lawful to carry out a medical procedure, in the course of which, or as a result of which, an unborn human life is ended where the procedure is carried out by an obstetrician at the listed hospitals. This is subject to two medical practitioners having examined the pregnant woman and certified that there is a real and substantial risk of loss of life and that risk can only be averted by carrying out the procedure.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]
The cream of Enniscorthy’s art scene went on display two weeks ago, when a special exhibition opened in the Presentation Centre.
Attracting a huge crowd, the opening night for the art show, which runs through this month, received high praise from all visitors who noted the high quality of each of the varied pieces.
The Enniscorthy Showcase Exhibition is a joint project between the Centre and The Denis Collins Gallery in Wexford, and features the work of over 15 artists from or living in the town. It consists of a number of different pieces – over 60 in total – ranging from sculpture, paintings, drawings, ceramics, photographs, prints and illustrations.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
Wicklow County Council has gone on trial in relation to breaches of health and safety that led to the death of two firefighters in a derelict building almost six years ago.
Brian Murray (46) and Mark O’Shaughnessy (26) died fighting a blaze at a disused ink factory at Adelaide Villas in Bray on September 26, 2007.
Wicklow County Council is the fire authority for the region and runs the fire service in County Wicklow. It is the prosecution’s case that the council failed in its duty to ensure the health and safety of its employees.
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