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Maud Kells, who has worked in the Congo for 44 years, was due to fly out on October 21, but her house on Moneymore Road was broken into while she was out at a meeting discussing her work, and now her trip to Africa is in doubt.
But she has stated she is determined to get out to Congo no matter what, and says the item stolen which she needed the most was her permanent resident visa.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
A campaign was launched on Monday to highlight the extent of the pummeling Waterford has received from the government in recent years, with members of the public asked to give the shirt of their back as a symbol that the city has nothing left to give in these economically harsh times.
Waterford Gives a Shirt was launched in response to plans by Minister Phil Hogan to merge the city and county, with rumors that the managerial headquarters would be in Dungarvan. It was expected that the amalgamation would be announced at a Cabinet meeting last Tuesday.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]
Gardaí (police) in Athlone are looking for witnesses to a handbag snatch on Thursday morning, in which a young woman received minor injuries.
The incident happened in the Valleycourt Estate, just off the Dublin Road as the woman in her early 20s was walking home alone.
It's thought the man came up behind the victim and swiped the handbag from her as she made her way to her house around 2 a.m. The young woman received minor injuries in the ensuing struggle and was brought to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe. She was released a short time later.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]
A public protest against the closure of an operating theater at Wexford General Hospital was held outside the hospital last Saturday afternoon.
Councilor Anthony Kelly of Sinn Fein is calling on Wexford’s Oireachtas members to come out immediately and call for this decision to be reversed.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
A truck driver died following a road collision on the N11 in Wicklow.
A man in his 60s was fatally injured last week when the truck he was driving left the road and hit a ditch at Scratenagh, about one mile south of Jack White's Pub.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Forensic collision investigators are present and diversions are in place.
[Source: Irish Times]
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