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A prison officer has confronted the prison authorities on the category of “prisoner being considered for transfer” to the planned new step-down facility at Harristown House, Castlerea. At a public meeting in the town two weeks ago, the officer asked how the people of the town would be able to continue to walk in safety when freedom for very serious criminals was just a short walk down the avenue.
The prisoner officer made reference to John Shaw, who was jailed over 30 years ago for the savage sex attack and murder of two women, and who is now being kept in the Grove area of Castlerea Prison.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]
Two men died in separate drowning incidents last Monday.
A Polish man who had been living in Ireland for a number of years died after being hit by a freak wave on a fishing trip with friends.
The 55-year-old fisherman, who was married and had been living in County Kildare, drowned when he fell off rocks into the sea at Mullaghmore Head, Co. Sligo.
[Source: Irish Independent]
Some say there is no love lost between Ballina and Killaloe when it comes to hurling, but last Saturday, the twin towns that straddle the River Shannon were all luvvy-duvvy when they hosted a Love Weekend that included a tug-of-love across the beautiful 13-arch bridge that links the towns.
Instead of a tug-of-war, they got the chance to pit themselves against their partners in a tug-of-love across the bridge.
The first eight couples there got the chance to be involved in the tug-of-love; the winners became love champions and will feature on R.T.É’s Local Heroes program in June.
The idea behind the event stems from a decision by local businesses to work together to attract visitors during the off-season and to market the area as the perfect place to spend the weekend
[Source: Tipperary Star]
An Irish League footballer with a Fermanagh side has wept in court after being accused of rape.
Alvin Rouse, who plays in goals for Ballinamallard United, is also charged with sexual assault and unlawful imprisonment.
The 33-year-old is from Barbados and has been capped by his country.
Rouse, with an address at Old Armagh Road in Monaghan, faces seven charges linked to the incident. He is charged with three counts of rape, two of sexual assault, one of false imprisonment and one of causing a person to engage in a sexual act.
They are alleged to have occurred in the Cookstown area on 29th April last year.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]
A member of the Dáil's technical group, John Halligan, has said he would rather Luke “Ming” Flanagan walked away from the arrangement.
It follows the Roscommon T.D. admitting his actions in having penalty points quashed were "corrupt."
Under Dáil rules, he cannot be forced out of the technical group, which is a mechanism to allow independent T.D.s have speaking time.
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