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[Source: BBC News]
A man accused of raping a woman after breaking into her Dublin home threatened to bury her in the back garden, she told a court last Wednesday.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman on two occasions, falsely imprisoning her and making a threat to kill or cause her serious harm at her Dublin home on June 17, 2011.
He also has pleaded not guilty to entering the woman's home as a trespasser with intent to commit theft and carrying a screwdriver and hammer on the same occasion.
Paul Burns, prosecuting, in opening the case to the jury, said the woman normally had a roommate, but on this night she was alone in her apartment and had fallen asleep in bed after a phone-call from her sister.
[Source: Evening Herald]
Urgent action is needed if the recent spike in suicides is to be addressed within the county.
The call comes from Caroline Teague, originally from Lisnaskea, who now works for the Public Institute for the Prevention of Suicide and Self Harm.
Six people within the county, between the ages of 15 and 69, have taken their own lives in the last three weeks.
This dramatic increase makes for stark reading when set against the 15 suicides that have occurred in Belfast in the last four months.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]
Galway’s most renowned sports horse breeder has been left paralyzed after sustaining a broken neck and severe spinal injuries following a horrific accident at a horse show.
Deirdre Bourns, who runs Bourns Sport Horses on Lisbeg Farms in Eyrecourt outside Ballinasloe, was working in the warm-up area of the Cavan Equestrian Centre during the indoor championships on September 19 with her horse and rider when a young horse bolted across the ring.
Deirdre was in a line of people when she and another woman were knocked down by the out-of-control horse which had a rider on top.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]
Kerry Group has reported year-on-year revenue growth of 10.9 percent for the first nine months of this year, to $5.7 billion, with trading profit up by 12.1 percent.
In its latest interim management statement, the Tralee-headquartered food group last Wednesday said that the third quarter of the year saw the business continue to achieve "good organic growth.”
"Performance was solid across all regions, notwithstanding the challenging market conditions in Europe and the continuing competitive consumer foods market situation in Ireland and the U.K."
[Source: Irish Examiner]
Fears that the people of Athy and south Kildare will have to wait longer for an ambulance in an emergency due to changes at the local ambulance base were expressed last week.
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