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A self-employed mechanic is to stand trial for causing the death of a woman by dangerous driving.
Laurence Michael Conaghan, of Lisfannon Park, is charged with causing the death of Sarah Patricia Duffy on March 12, last year.
The fatal car accident occurred at a pedestrian crossing at Lecky Road flyover as the deceased walked home from Mass.
(Source: Derry Journal)
Two brothers from Ballyshannon were handed two year sentences last week for attacking a 37-year-old man.
Daniel Devanney (26) and Joseph Devanney (23) of St Benildus Avenue appeared before Donegal Circuit Court for sentencing. They both pleaded guilty to a Section 3 assault causing harm on Richard Matthews (37) of Ballyshannon on December 28, 2010.
The court heard that the injured party went to a chipper on Castle Street at around 1.20 am. He saw men, one of whom he knew, sitting on the window. He made a comment about the chipper being closed and a row ensued.
Mr Matthews told gardaí (police) in his statement: “At least two of them tore into me, throwing punches at me”.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
Thousands of families have used the Shimna Valley respite facility in Newcastle, Co Down since it opened 16 years ago.
Operated by the Northern Ireland Children's Cancer Fund, it offers a relaxing 'home from home' experience for the whole family during or after completion a child's cancer treatment.
At present, Shimna Valley accommodates up to four families at a time - but in order to meet demand it’s about to get bigger and better, helping more people than ever before.
It's set to be replaced with a new therapeutic and respite facility - double the size of the existing building - which will take 18 months to complete.
Over half of the £3million ($5.7m) cost has been raised so far and it's hoped work will start in the autumn.
(Source: UTV News)
Police in Dublin are examining if the savage murder a 60-year-old man was ordered by someone who had a deep personal grudge against him.
Officers have renewed their appeal about the violent murder of Michael Gallagher, who was stabbed to death at his home in Tymonville Road, Tallaght, shortly after 10 pm on January 18, 2007.
His daughter Orla said: "That your own flesh and blood could be killed the way he was killed. It's just horrific, you know, to think of that every day, of somebody being killed like that."
Investigations into the murder are very much active and a number of lines are enquiry are being pursued.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
A purpose-built facility in County Fermanagh for people with dementia is currently half empty.
Gnangara in Enniskillen opened in January 2011. It offers 15 supported-living cottages but only two of those are occupied. It also has 15 rooms but two are empty.
The situation was revealed by the investigative news website the detail.
Twenty thousand people in NI are living with dementia and that figure is expected to rise. (Source: UTV News)
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This justifies my practice of telling any American friend who is contemplating a vacation in Ireland to go for a week or less and stay clear of Dublin