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Public health doctors in the HSE South are urging parents to ensure their children are protected against measles following a recent outbreak of the disease in West Cork.
The outbreak is predominantly affecting teenagers and, in the last four weeks, 25 measles cases have been reported. The majority of notified cases have been in the 12-18 years age group with the oldest case reported being 18 years of age. No deaths have occurred and none of the teenagers were vaccinated.
(Source: Cork Independent)
British soldiers acted lawfully when they shot dead an IRA man in Derry nearly 40 years ago, a report has found.
The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) looked into the death of Seamus Bradley (19) who was shot four times in the Creggan area of the city during Operation Motorman in July 1972.
According to the report, if the soldiers were telling the truth about the shooting, they had operated within army rules and the law. Despite this revelation, the British government has not offered an official comment on the situation.
(Source: Derry Journal)
A young Donegal man, who emerged as one of the top talents in the recent Opportunity Knocks competition in Donegal Town, recently won the national online singer/songwriter competition.
Deane Conaghan from Mountcharles attracted high praise from all the judges when he competed in the successful Central Hotel’s recent competition and was tipped as “one to watch.” In addition to the honor of being awarded Ireland’s best songwriter, Conaghan will also receive over $12,000 in prize money.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A 22-year-old Northern Ireland woman has been questioned after a bag containing an axe and a sword was seized at Belfast International Airport.
The haul of weapons was uncovered after officers stopped and searched the baggage of a passenger arriving in Belfast from London, and who had traveled there from the USA.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
A man has driven himself to a prison for help after he was injured in a gun attack in Dublin.
The shooting happened on Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot, at about 11:10pm last Tuesday. The victim, a 32-year-old, was hit in the side of his body as he sat in a car outside Finnegan's pub. He drove himself to nearby Cloverhill Prison, where he called for help.
The car involved in the shooting has been seized for forensic examination.
(Source: Irish Independent)
Bomb disposal officers removed a suspect package from an airport early last week.
The item was found on a small plane at St. Angelo - a small airport outside Enniskillen. The PSNI said the package was taken away by army technical officers for further examination.
There has been no official confirmation from the PSNI regarding what the package contained, but a spokeswoman this morning said it was not an explosive device.
The airport, which is close to a number of residential houses and a busy sawmill business, is mainly used by recreational fliers and private jets. The security alert saw the main Enniskillen to Kesh road closed for a period.
(Source: Irish Times)
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