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While nearly 500 deaths last year were attributed to suicide a further 193 deaths returned an undetermined verdict and Mrs McTernan said that it was clear that well in excess of 700 people were taking their lives in Ireland each year – far higher than the number dying on our roads.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)
Limerick County Council has started boarding up a 13th century church ruin that underisables have been using to drink and take drugs in.
Last year an article in the Leader highlighted how the adjoining graveyard in Caherconlish had become so overgrown that it resembled a ‘jungle’, according to locals.
Volunteers have cleaned up the graveyard and it has gone from being one of the worst cemeteries in East Limerick to being one of the best said Cllr Eddie Wade.
“The council under archaeologist Sarah McCutcheon are boarding up the windows and putting in a door so the undesirables can’t go in. It’s sad that it has to be done. However, gardai in Caherconlish have kept a close eye on the church and the messing in there has been curtailed. Now it’s up to us as a council to help them,” said Cllr Eddie Wade.
Due to the dilapidated state of the ruin the councillor said safety was a big concern due to the number of people now visiting their cemetery.
“It’s a danger with falling stones. Since the volunteers have cleaned it up there is an amount of people who have come back to visit their own graves and are taking care of their graves, which wasn’t done for years,” said Cllr Eddie Wade, who called for additional funding to reinstate the building to make it safe.
(Source: Limerick Leader)
Meanwhile Gardai last week were investigating over half dozen burglaries in the Longford town area after a crime fuelled past seven days.
The first incident took place at around 11am at Dobson Jewelers on Longford town’s Dublin Street. According to officers heading up the inquiry, a man walked into the store before distracting a member of staff and making off with a €400 chain.
A man was later arrested in connection with the incident and a file is likely to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as part of the probe.
Gardai meanwhile, said last Monday they were hopeful of making significant progress into the circumstances surrounding three separate shoplifting offences in Longford town over the course of the previous Friday and Saturday.
Department store Heaton’s, located along the town’s busy Ballymahon Street was first to be hit.
ardai have so far, managed to identify three suspected shoplifters who walked out of the premises with three pairs of trousers during the raid which lasted only a couple of minutes last Friday afternoon at around 3:15pm.
Around two hours later, British retailer Halford’s also fell foul to a case of shoplifting after a 55 piece tool set was snatched from its shelves.
The following morning at around 11:15am, a number of items were likewise taken from Ward’s Pharmacy in Longford town.
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