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It’s understood Ryanair has made contact with local business people and indicated that as many as six planes could be based at Shannon, where currently there is only one. Having that many planes at Shannon would indicate a huge level of traffic and would give a massive boost to the airport and the regional economy. However, that number seems unlikely given the economic crisis gripping Ireland and Europe.
Ryanair have refused to comment on the matter and in a statement to The Clare Champion on Wednesday the company said, “Ryanair does not comment upon, or engage in, rumor or speculation.”
[Source: Clare Champion]
A Cork woman who suffered the tragic loss of her two young daughters after her husband took his own life and theirs revealed last Wednesday that the H.S.E. conducted an inquiry without telling her.
Almost two years ago in November 2010, John Butler killed Zoe (6) and Ella (2) and then himself in Ballycotton. Mr. Butler had been suffering from depression and had been receiving medical attention, until three months before his death.
In a statement released by a solicitor acting for Una Butler, it was revealed that she first became aware of the investigation only after meeting Minister of State with responsibility for mental health Kathleen Lynch in May.
[Source: Cork Independent]
Thousands took to the streets of Derry on October 31 for the annual Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival.
Upwards of 30,000 revellers descended on the city for the world’s biggest Halloween party.
From early afternoon families of all ages were putting the final touches to their costumes and soaking up the unique atmosphere in the city centre.
As the Carnival Parade meandered through the city centre, onlookers watched as spirits, creatures and beings of “the other world” joined them for their annual party through the streets of the city. The parade concluded with a stunning fireworks display over the River Foyle.
[Source: Derry Journal]
A baby who was given minutes to live over four years ago continues to thrive after being given a kidney by his father last Monday.
Christian McCullagh rushed into this world five weeks early and at birth was diagnosed with serious medical conditions which included under developed lungs, a leaking valve in his heart and was at the end stage of renal failure.
Christian McCullagh was born in Letterkenny General Hospital (L.G.H.) on February 6, 2008. His family bid goodbye to their little bundle of joy twice before they discovered the baby’s ability to fight for life.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
For the politically-minded, there can be no more exciting event than the U.S. presidential election.
And so, when the idea was floated that our politics department should organize a trip to Washington this November, naturally a large number of boys leapt at the chance.
It isn't the first time Bangor Grammar has visited the political capital of the free world – we were there back in 2008 to watch the election of the first African-American president, Barack Obama.
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