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The Birr native’s son, Brendan was killed aged 24 along with his 26 year old friend Lee Salkeld on October 26 2009 as they travelled to Cork airport for a holiday and would have been 27 on May 20 next.
As part of the cause, ‘Brendan’s Law’ seeks mandatory sentences of a minimum of six years for drunk drivers convicted in relation to fatal accidents along with mandatory disqualifications from driving from between 20 and 25 years.
(Source: Offaly Express)
A jury at a coroner’s court has called for the introduction of CCTV and new monitoring arrangements for patients at Roscommon County Hospital.
The call came after a 52-year-old woman died five days after a fall down stairs in her wheelchair.
Special-needs patient Anne Macklin from Four Roads was due to be released from the hospital on 15 February 2010 when she fell. She was discovered by medical staff under the wheelchair outside a laboratory.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)
The Sligo Lions Club charity fundraiser 'Jigs and Reels' has raised $600,000 for thirteen local charities and organizations.
The event, which was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel featured 26 dancers representing the charities.
(Source: Sligo Champion)
Thurles Chamber of Commerce President,PJ Shanahan has announced that the proposed closed circuit television (CCTV) system for Thurles has been given the green light by An Pobal and the installation of the cameras and system can begin immediately.
It is hoped that the system will be fully operational by July 2012.
The project, which has taken over five years of hard work to deliver, was a Thurles Chamber initiative that would never have been possible without the help of the Town Clerk Michael Ryan, Sgt Sean Sherlock and Superintendent Pat Lordan.
(Source: Tipperary Star)
Detectives investigating an arson attack that killed a mother and daughter said they are looking for two unidentified men seen close to the scene of the blaze.
The police made the appeal after funerals were held last week for Betty McGirr, (71) and 38-year-old Deirdre McGirr.
The pensioner was visiting her daughter when the inferno started at the back of the house in Dunlea Vale, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, earlier this month and ripped through her top-floor flat.
A third person, a Portuguese man understood to be Deirdre's partner, escaped unhurt and is not suspected of involvement with the fire.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
A talented photographer and artist who could see beauty in things others could not is how one Dunmore native, who died suddenly on Saturday last was described.
Sadness, shock and utter devastation enveloped the entire community of the small seaside village when they learned of the passing of Derek Kennedy – a life long friend to many and one of the village’s most treasured residents.
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