Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Corkman)
More than half of BBC Radio Foyle's programs could be axed and jobs lost under a major cost-cutting drive by BBC Northern Ireland. The station's flagship "News at One" slot and the popular Sean Coyle and Mark Patterson programs will be replaced by existing shows on Radio Ulster - if proposals by management in Belfast get the green light.
(Source: The Derry Journal)
The 15km dual carriageway project had been the subject of an oral hearing in June 2008 after its preliminary design and Environmental Impact Statement had been completed and submitted to the board of An Bord Pleanála for confirmation before moving on to detailed design and construction. Donegal Co. Council will now have to take stock and examine what options it has open considering an estimated €4 to €5 million has already been spent on the project to date.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
Newry historian Dr John McCavitt got the invitation of a lifetime when he was unexpectedly summoned to the White House while carrying out research on Rostrevor-born Major General Robert Ross. Dr McCavitt spent three weeks in Washington and Baltimore during the summer for work on a forthcoming autobiography on Ross, who is famed for his role in burning down the famous residency in 1814. During his visit, Dr McCavitt received a call from the White House curator who invited him to a private tour of the building’s archives - a chance he jumped at. “I was delighted to have been afforded private tours of the US Capitol and the US Navy Yard on the trip,” he said.
(Source: The Down Democrat)
Music mogul Simon Cowell has vowed to leave Britain if Irish X Factor sensations John and Edward Grimes win the competition. The twins, who have become the act that viewers love to hate, have been the centres of controversy since they made the live shows, raising questions about their singing abilities. Cowell previously described the duo as "vile little creatures" and his opinion of the Lucan natives seems only to have worsened as they have sailed their way through the finals. He said: "If they win it would be a complete disaster. I would get on a plane and leave the country then sulk for about six months and Louis will be in serious trouble. "The fact is, it's a singing competition and they can't sing." The judge went on to blast the twins further as "deluded" by their newfound fame.
(Source: The Evening Herald)
General Medical Council hearing into a children's doctor from the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen heard how his record keeping was 'deplorable and inexcusable'. Expert witness Dr Dewi Evans, a consultant pediatrician acting for the GMC, blasted Dr Jarlath Michael O'Donohoe's note keeping in the strongest terms, labeling it 'dreadful' and 'shocking' following the death of 17-month-old Lucy Crawford. Dr O' Donohoe, the consultant pediatrician at the Erne, is facing charges of 'serious professional misconduct' and a number of allegations relating to his treatment of toddler Lucy, who died after treatment that she received in the hospital in April 2000.
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