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Their campaign to reach out to people with this name across the country and the world took its first tentative steps last week with the help of a twice Irish dancing champion, a local stylist, Clare designers, a catchy tune and a film producer.
A short film aimed at calling on all Clares to the county is being produced by ¬Martin O’Malley of Malbay Studios. It will feature Clare Daly, who will dance in various locations around the county, showcasing what it has to offer.
[Source: Clare Champion]
A Cork activist has called on Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny to apologize to the survivors of Magdalene laundries after it was found that the State was involved in over a quarter of admissions since 1922.
"He has to do the right thing, he has no other choice." This is what Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, a campaigner with survivor advocacy group Justice for Magdalene, says of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has yet to offer the victims an official apology.
A 1,000 page report was published on Tuesday afternoon by an inter-departmental committee chaired by Dr. Martin McAleese. Mr. Kenny was pressed on his lack of apology by T.D.s in the Dáil last Wednesday but he said it was important to reflect on the findings and make the appropriate response in two weeks after a Dáil debate on the reports.
The report shows that 1,200 women of 10,012 admissions made in eight of the laundries since 1922 were from Cork, which accounts for 11 percent of the overall figure. This is the second highest figure, behind Dublin which accounts for 11.5 percent. There were no records available for two of the laundries operated by the Sisters of Mercy in Galway and Dun Laoghaire.
[Source: Cork Independent]
A Derry woman has been left badly shaken after being robbed on the Peace Bridge by a man carrying a knife.
The woman was attacked at 8:25 p.m. last Tuesday night as she was walking along the Peace Bridge towards the Waterside.
A male approached her from behind and made off with her handbag.
The male then ran towards Foyle Street where it is believed he got into a taxi and was dropped off in Great James Street. He is believed to have been wearing a blue tracksuit top.
The female did not sustain any injuries; however, she was left very badly shaken.
[Source: Derry Journal]
A new survey, which has been carried out by Eircom Phonewatch, shows that while Donegal residents place a high value on the fact that they have good neighbors, half of the respondents feel much less secure than they did a year ago and are taking steps to improve their own security.
This comes in the wake of the ongoing spate of burglaries throughout the county, which caused a national outrage after elderly people were attacked in their homes. The incidents attracted major national media attention at the time and put the focus on the indiscriminate attacks in the county that, regrettably, are ongoing.
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