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ROBINSON STRUGGLING WITH WIFE’S AFFAIR :ANTRIM
Troubled Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson has admitted revelations about his wife's affair have left him desolate and struggling to face the outside world. The under-pressure politician said coping with the impact of Iris Robinson's infidelity with a teenage lover had also taken a physical toll on him, losing more than two stone since he learned of her adultery.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)
Two Carlow boxers have proved that they are the top of their game when they scooped two national awards from the IABA Friday two weeks ago. Both Dylan Carr and Martin Casey picked up the Best Boy Boxers of the year at the awards held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Dublin. The two promising pugilists have won four national titles in succession at their respective weights and look set for a long and illustrious career in the game. Carr has been capped at international level while Casey who fights in the lower weight’s division looks certain to represent his country shortly. Casey is a member of the Carlow Boxing Club, which is based at St Fiacc’s Hall in Graiguecullen while Carr is a former member but has moved to Ryston in Newbridge.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)
A Cavan man who fled to England for a decade after raping one young daughter and sexually assaulting another has been jailed for ten years at the Central Criminal Court. The 44-year-old man abused his daughters from the ages of six and eight, raping one of them "two to three" times a week when their mother was out of the house. He pleaded guilty.
(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)
The High Court has reserved judgment on an application by a former doctor to halt his trial on charges of defrauding a number of terminally ill cancer patients. The DPP rejected the claims by Paschal Carmody (61), with an address at Killaloe, Co Clare, that his right to a fair trial has been prejudiced on various grounds, including a witness who has died. Mr. Carmody is charged with obtaining money from terminally ill cancer patients and their families by deception at the East Clinic in Killaloe. Last week, Mr. Justice John Hedigan reserved judgment on Mr. Carmody’s judicial review proceedings.
(Source: The Irish Times)
Insurance brokers across the county are currently snowed under dealing with claims expected to run to several million euro - as the cost of the coldest winter in living memory mounts.
Burst pipes have ruined countless homes. Cars that went off snowy, icy roads are now being repaired or replaced. Medical bills are rolling in from those who slipped and broke legs, ankles or arms. And that's not even taking into account the value of all the failed crops. What it means is that the county's insurance brokers have joined gritters and plumbers on the roster of those working flat out to deal with the chaos caused by 'the big freeze'.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
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