News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
The family of an Irishman missing in Holland believe his body may have been mangled by a tourist boat in a canal. A sister of missing man, Paul Nolan Miralles (36), originally from Clonsilla, Co Dublin, last week said his family had formally identified a shredded jacket, T-shirt and bag retrieved by Amsterdam police from the city's canal. Anne Ravanona said police also recovered a body part -- believed to be part of a person's shoulder -- from the canal which was being DNA analyzed. "It will take a couple of days to be 100pc certain," Ms Ravanona, a Paris-based management training expert, said.
(Source: The Irish Independent)
Another 11 law firms in Co Fermanagh are to stop work on serious criminal cases as part of an escalating dispute over legal aid fees. The development emerged as solicitors for four men returned for trial on charges connected with a major cannabis factory in Belfast came "off record". One of the legal representatives said the stand-off was now being rolled out. The heightening row is over new legal aid rules introduced by Justice Minister David Ford. Fees to solicitors have been reduced by 25% under changes in legal aid for Crown Court proceedings, while barristers rates will also drop by 20%.
(Source: BBC News)
The parents of a four months old baby girl from Rahoon who has a life-threatening illness are desperately hoping she can get the liver transplant she needs to survive. Little Ieva Zukaskaute has already had two unsuccessful operations for Biliary atresia, an illness which is a blockage in the tubes (ducts) that carry liquid called bile from the liver to the gallbladder. The condition is congenital, which means it is present from birth and was only noticed on baby Ieva when, at six weeks, she was still very jaundiced. Baby Ieva’s illness is at an advanced stage and if not treated by specialists at Kings College Hospital in London, she could die within six months.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)
A man has appeared in court in relation to the alleged publication of racist material on the social networking site, Facebook. Patrick Kissane (27), of Killarney, Co Kerry, is accused of actions likely to stir up hatred on December 1, 2009. Judge James O'Connor adjourned the matter at Killarney District Court until July. Inspector Martin McCarthy requested the case be adjourned to get the views of the Director for Public Prosecutions because of the unusual nature of the case. It relates to the setting up of an anti-Traveler (gypsy) Facebook page called 'Promote the use of knacker babies as bait'. The site is understood to have attracted 664 fans before it was removed by Facebook last July following a number of complaints.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
The suicide of teen Devlin Kavanagh in State care shows how the voice of the child was "stifled" by bureaucracy, children's rights campaigners have said. Devlin Kavanagh (14), from Castledermot, Co Kildare, hanged himself just a few miles from his home on December 5, 2006. The teen died after he was told he would have to return to the Ballydowd secure care home in west Dublin. He previously told his mother that he would kill himself if this happened. Devlin's mother Orla Kavanagh Doyle and her husband Mark believe that if their son had received the correct support, he may have been saved.
(Source: The Herald.ie)
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