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(Source: Belfast Telegraph)
Irish police have released images of two Dublin teenagers who have disappeared.
Investigators say that the cases of Mel O'Brien (17) from Clondalkin and Ericka Cullen from Mulhuddart are not related.
Mel was last seen on July 8 at about 7.30 pm in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin.
He is 5ft 8ins tall, weighs 11 stone and has bleached blonde, tightly shaved hair. He has a pale complexion and is well built and athletic looking.
Mel is believed to frequent the Ballybrack/Dundrum area.
Information should be given to Ronanstown Garda Station on 01 666 7700.
Gardai are also trying to trace Ericka Cullen (17) who has been missing from the Mulhuddart area since July 7.
Ericka is of slight build and is 5ft tall with dyed red hair and blue eyes.
She was wearing a white-striped hooded top, skinny jeans and white running shoes.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
Co Fermanagh has the slowest broadband speeds in the UK, according to Ofcom.
The communications regulator released its new interactive online map last Wednesday, which shows broadband take-up and connection speeds in all regions.
The map reveals that western parts of Northern Ireland fare poorly, with Fermanagh coming in slowest at 4.3 Mbit/s, followed by Cookstown, Co Tyrone, at 4.4 Mbit/s.
Ofcom says NI has some of the longest average line lengths in the UK and this led to lower speeds.
However, Ofcom says there is "high availability of superfast broadband across Northern Ireland", with 97% homes and business already covered.
"Whilst some areas of Northern Ireland are listed as being 100% covered by superfast enabled telephone exchanges, this does not necessarily mean that superfast services are currently available on every line", its Communications Infrastructure Report 2011 notes.
"Northern Ireland currently has some of the lowest average sync speeds and highest percentages of households achieving speeds of less than 2Mbit/s", it also found.
"We would expect that this situation will change over the coming months as more consumers choose to upgrade to the newly available superfast services."
(Source: UTV News)
A 47-years-old mother was sentenced to 24 years in prison with the final 16 years suspended at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for the cruelty and neglect of eight of her children.
The woman, who may not be named in order to protect the identity of the children, pleaded guilty to eight sample charges of assaulting, ill-treating and neglecting the children in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to their health over a seven-year period from May, 2002 to June, 2009, contrary to Section 246 (1) and (2) of the Children’s Act, 2001. The charges relate to two of the woman’s sons and six of her daughters.
Detective Sergeant Kieran McNamara outlined a litany of physical abuse which the woman subjected her young children to.
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