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“When I close my eyes I see the child splattered on the wall, thank God no one was sitting there at the time,” she said.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)
Labour Councillors in Westmeath have decided to stay within the ranks of the party.
It follows a meeting overnight called in the wake of the announcement of the closure of Columb Barracks on Tuesday.
It had been expected that up to half of the 8 politicians would withdraw their support - however following what's being described as a frank and open discussion it's understood no councilor has left the labour party.
Kilbeggan Councillor Gerard Corcoran says Eamon Gilmore will be invited to speak to public reps on the issue.
Meanwhile, a number of local troops - who've been serving in Lebanon for almost five months - are due home this past weekend.
Among those arriving into Dublin Airport this lunchtime are around 20 soldiers from Columb Barracks in Mullingar. Half of the troops from the 104th Battalion will remain on peacekeeping duty until this week - to ensure continuity in the mission.
Members of the 105th battallion are being deployed in their place for a 6 month tour of duty.
Sgt Major Noel O'Callaghan - who's returning from duty in Tibnin this week - says the Mullingar soliders based there haven't let the announced closure of Columb Barracks get to them.
(Source: Midlands Radio)
The choice of Wexford over Waterford for the location of the newly merged regional Vocational Education Committee HQ was a 'finely balance one', the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn told a meeting of Waterford Co. Council, this week.
The Waterford Council members expressed anger and regret at the choice of Wexford as the new headquarters and called on the Minister to give his reasons for not selecting the South East's 'Gateway City' in the reduction of the number of VEC'S from 33 to 16.
In arriving at his decision the Education Minister considered a range of factors including the need to ensure that the new HQ would facilitate staff redeployment to the greatest extent possible within the context of the Croke Park Agreement, said Ronnie Ryan, Private Secretary to the Minister in a letter to Waterford Co. Council.
The Minister took into account the need to operate at ' lowest cost' having regard to the accommodation available in existing locations in Wexford and Waterford, he said.
'In terms of the key criteria of facilitating redeployment and accommodation costs the choice of locations for the HQ was a finely balanced one,' said Mr. Ryan.
'In the circumstances the Minister is satisfied that Wexford is the optimum HQ location for the newly merged VEC and it was felt important to maintain sub-offices in both Waterford and Dungarvan,' he added.
(Source: New Ross Standard)
The mother of a Bray schoolgirl who died after slipping from a train platform in Liverpool will pay tribute to her daughter in the Co Wicklow town, Tuesday.
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