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It is understood Mr Debela was set upon by two men and received blows to the head and face, rendering him unconscious for a period. An ambulance was called and he was treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick but has since been released.
Paddy O’Connell with Limerick Athletics Club said there appeared to be no motive for the attack and claimed he was merely targeted “for the fun of it”.
Residents in three housing estates in Cobh, Co Cork will be without mains water for at least six months after high levels of lead were detected in their water supply.
Cork County Council say they cannot afford to replace the pipes until early next year and have installed temporary communal taps in the meantime.
The council says it is waiting on funds as part of the National Mains Rehabilitation Programme.
For the past two weeks residents in the older estates of Belmond Place, Park Terrace and Aileen's Terrace have had to use communal taps.
Almost three hundred people applied for a single job as a till operator at a filling station in Muff.
But, according to local businessman, Colm McKenna, who owns the filling station, the truly surprising aspect of this amazing response is that 'only about ten per cent of the applications were from people in the South'.
Speaking with the 'Journal' Mr. McKenna described himself as 'shocked' by the response.
Organizers of Saturday's march against cuts to health services are calling on government to make health spending a priority, even as a Health Service Executive statement warns that more drastic cuts may be needed before the end of the year if steps are not taken now.
The coalition behind the protest are meeting this week to discuss the next steps for the campaign.
Thousands of people marched in the streets of Letterkenny on Saturday to protest proposed cuts to health services in the county, in the first of what organizers said will be a series of events in the coming months.
Ryan Harrison has just missed out on qualification for the men's 200 meters freestyle final at the European Swimming Championship in Budapest.
Harrison was 11th fastest in the heats with a time of 1.49.80, easily securing his semi-final berth.
But despite improving his time in the semi-final to 1.49.04, he could only finish sixth in his heat with Robbie Renwick of Great Britain taking the victory.
Germany's Paul Biedermann won the second heat in 1.46.88, making him the fastest qualifier.
Harrison was tenth fastest overall in the semi-final round.
Earlier, Clare Dawson had an indifferent 100m Freestyle; her time of 57.72 seconds was someway short of her personal best and she placed a disappointing 44th overall.
However the County Down swimmer was using the 100m as a tune up for her main event, the 200m Freestyle, the heats of which are on Friday.
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