News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
A judge has led tributes to a popular Londonderry solicitor who died last week following a long illness. Before the new sitting of Derry Crown Court last week a tribute was paid to Seamus Hegarty. The Recorder of Derry, Judge Piers Grant, and Judge Philip Babington were joined in court number one by local solicitors and Mr Hegarty's three sons for the tribute. Judge Grant said he had been at university with Mr Hegarty and that he had borne his long illness with bravery and fortitude.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
A number of well known Donegal salmon fisheries will be re-opened in 2011 as native stocks begin to make a recovery, it has been announced. The Eske in Ballyshannon will re-open as a "harvest" river, while the Owenwee in Teelin, which is also part of the Ballyshannon fishery district, along with Bracky, Glenna, Tullaghobegley, Ray and Glenagannon in Letterkenny fishery district will re-opened as "catch and release" rivers.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A cocaine-snorting prison officer who saved his marriage by giving in to blackmail threats and smuggled “unauthorized packages” into Maghaberry jail faces the prospect of being jailed himself this week. Craigavon Crown Court heard that 46-year-old Darrall Scott, a father-of-two from Winona Lodge in Donaghcloney, Co Down, has since been forgiven by his wife for having a six-month affair with a prisoner's wife. Prosecutor Peter Sefton said another inmate discovered the affair and effectively “blackmailed” Scott, a former member of the Royal Navy, into smuggling three packages into the prison over a five-month period up to May 2009.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
The new garda (police) speed vans have finally been deployed across the streets of Dublin. The speed vans, which are run by the private company GoSafe, were rolled out in November on a phased basis, with areas outside Dublin covered initially. As of January, the vans are now in operation across the capital. The gardai (police) have hailed the new speed cameras as a success and believe they have contributed to a fall in road deaths.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)
A petrol bomb has been thrown at a house in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in an attack over the Christmas period. Scorch damage was discovered to the wall of the property on Corban Avenue in the Kilmacormick area shortly before 8am. Police say it is unclear at this stage whether the home was occupied during the attack.
Nurses have demanded the Health Service Executive (HSE) reopens the 140 beds that are closed in Galway City’s two public hospitals, to help alleviate pressure from the Emergency Department, where up to 80 patients endured a night on a trolley in the past three days alone. An Irish Nurses Organization (INO) survey recently showed that 70 beds are closed in Merlin Park, including 34 medical ward beds, nine in the orthopedic day ward, as well as a further 27 general beds.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
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