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Locking doors and windows is one of the most basic safety precautions the P.S.N.I. recommends to avoid falling victim to thieves.
But two weeks ago, opportunistic criminals stole two kit bags from a police vehicle in Antrim after officers failed to take their own advice and secure the car.
The officers were attending a report of theft at a property in Caulside on Monday, November 26 when the items were stolen.
A P.S.N.I. spokesperson confirmed the incident had occurred but stressed that none of the items taken was a risk to the public.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]
The close-knit community in Jonesboro has been left stunned and saddened at the passing, within hours of each other, of two of its most well-known and respected citizens.
Late on Tuesday evening, December 4, the sudden and untimely death of Patrick McMullan occurred in his Regina Park home. Patrick, better known as Tatty, was a prominent and popular figure in the area and his passing has left a huge void in the community, and particularly in the lives of his wife, seven children and grandchildren.
Just hours later people were further devastated with news that Tatty’s friend and next-door neighbor, Paul Connolly, was killed in a tragic road accident on Wednesday morning, Dec. 5.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]
Minister of State Michael Ring has defended the allocation of $260,000 to his local football club in County Mayo.
The grant to Westport United F.C. was part of $34 million in new funding for local sports projects that was announced last Monday.
Mr. Ring said his department received a record number of applications for funding and the money was allocated to counties based on the population.
He said he gave 20 percent extra to those counties who had not benefitted as much from grants in the past, such as Carlow, Cavan and Wicklow.
[Source: RTE News]
Three Garda (police) stations will close next year as part of a money-saving ”restructuring” announced on Wednesday, December 5.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has announced that he will shut 100 stations nationally, with the county losing three rural bases – Stradone, Redhills and Bawnboy Garda stations.
The Anglo Celt exclusively reported the closures of the stations as far back as June and had information that a further three were on a list of possible closures.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]
A 90-year-old Ennis man has described as “insulting” a letter he received from the HSE asking if he still needs treatment – 12 years after he was first referred by his doctor.
Kevin Stapleton from College Green had been suffering with his instep when he was referred by his doctor to the Regional Orthopaedic Hospital in Croom back in December 2000.
He never got an appointment but last week he received a letter asking him to confirm if he still needs treatment. The H.S.E. gave him two weeks to respond.
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