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Unscrupulous landlords in Clare are charging prostitutes exorbitant rent for apartments in order for them to turn a blind eye to their activities, Gardaí (police) have confirmed.
Up to 10 prostitutes are operating from apartments and hotels in Clare in a given week, the Clare Champion can reveal, prompting calls for a change in legislation to criminalize the users to decrease demand.
The Clare Champion found eight prostitutes advertising their services in Clare in one day on a single website. When these women were contacted, it was found that three were available at the time they were contacted; two were offering services from an apartment; while the third was offering services from a hotel. Prices per half-hour varied from $90 to $130.
[Source: Clare Champion]
A Cork doctor has spoken of how she contemplates taking her own life because of the pressure she and her family face from banks to repay her college loans.
The doctor, from north Cork, but now living in North America, trained in University College Cork and is fully-qualified. She initially moved to Canada to complete fellowship training in 2010 but now cannot move home because of costs – primarily the repayments.
“I feel trapped and miserable,” said Sheila, who wished to keep her identity secret.
“I worked so hard for so long and it seems like it's resulted in just more misery. I think of the weddings and funerals I missed, my friend who died before I got to say goodbye and all the people I didn't spend time with because I was working. It was for nothing really.”
[Source: Cork Independent]
Police were justified in publishing a 14-year-old boy’s photograph as part of an investigation into sectarian rioting in Derry, the High Court ruled last Thursday.
Senior judges held that it was a necessary step for the P.S.N.I. to release a series of images of suspects to local newspapers.
Lawyers for the boy claimed the decision was taken after sustained street violence at a city interface in the summer of 2010 breached his right to privacy.
But Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said: “I am satisfied, however, that in this case the balance came down firmly in favor of the publication of the photographs.”
[Source: Derry Journal]
Twelve-year-olds sat in a playground in Bundoran two weekends ago drinking alcohol openly. Some of them were “out of their heads,” a member of Bundoran Town Council has claimed.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the council says what he witnessed last weekend was “frightening.”
It has been claimed that when Gardaí (police) moved in to confiscate the alcohol, more drink was quickly procured and the drinking continued.
Now a councilor is asking where the young people got the drink and what their parents were doing while the young people were drinking.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]
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