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The bodies of three men have been recovered from the sea following two incidents in the Republic of Ireland.
Two fishermen's bodies were found on the shoreline near Spanish Point in County Clare following a major search.
In a separate incident, the body of John O'Leary, from Barness in Allihies, was recovered off the coast of County Cork.
He had been on a sailing dinghy with his teenage son when the boat overturned.
[Source: BBC News]
A 40 ft. fin whale was found to be trapped in the harbor in Baltimore last Tuesday morning after coming into the beach on a low tide.
It is feared the whale could die after a vet's examination revealed that she is seriously ill.
Already there are plans to take the whale to the beach by boat and let her die there, from where it will be up to Cork County Council to dispose of the body. With plenty of holidaymakers in the area, the numbers coming to see the whale grew and local traffic increased, creating congestion in the small fishing village.
[Source: Cork Independent]
More than 6,000 people are now signing on in Derry.
The latest government figures released this morning show 8.5 percent of people of working age are now claiming an unemployment related benefit.
The total number of people out of work in Derry currently stands at 6,046.
Unemployment remains higher in Derry than in all of the other council areas in the North and has risen by six percent over the last year.
[Source: Derry Journal]
Well-known GP says former inmates should be kept on high drug levels.
Letterkenny-based doctor James McDaid said some of his patients who have been released from prison are reoffending or are returning to use illegal drugs, after their dosage of prescription drugs has been reduced.
The GP said he is being forced to reduce the dosages to these patients because of HSE guidelines. But some former inmates would be better off remaining on the higher dosages for their own sake and the sake of the community, he said.
Dr. McDaid said he has four patients in such a situation, three male and one female. Three have reoffended after having their dosage reduced and one has begun using heroin again.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
It’s been just over a year since they had a night like last Sunday, or perhaps suffered a hangover Monday morning like they did 12 months ago.
Holywood Golf Club was again the place to be for friends and family of the Co. Down town’s favorite son Rory McIlroy as many of them turned out to roar him to victory.
The club is littered with television screens following an extensive revamp in recent months — but not surprisingly, no one was asking the bar staff to flick the Olympics closing ceremony on amidst the wall-to-wall coverage of McIlroy’s final round in the U.S. PGA Championship.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]
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