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The family and friends of a tragic Antrim woman who died suddenly have taken steps to ensure that others will continue to benefit from their enduring love for her.

Shauna Harvey was a much loved member of the community and many were deeply moved by her sudden passing.

Her family quickly resolved that they wanted to keep that memory alive and, with more than a little help from her many friends, they decided to raise funds for MindWise.

MindWise, formerly Rethink NI, is a leading membership charity which supports those affected by severe mental illness and other mental health difficulties and promotes early intervention.

[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Dromintee native, Megan Fearon, is set to become the youngest member of the Assembly as she steps into Conor Murphy’s shoes as MLA for Newry and South Armagh. The 20-year-old student was selected by Sinn Féin party members at a convention held July 2.

Within the past weeks Megan has completed her studies towards a BA honors degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and she hopes to graduate later in the summer.

Her candidacy was proposed by local councilor Packie McDonald, who took the opportunity to wish his party colleague well in the future,

[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


Defiant traders on Tullow Street have vowed not to let their street die despite the closure of three businesses over the past two weeks.

It is estimated that at least 10 people have lost their jobs after Euro Price, Oasis in Houston’s and

Lotts shut their doors without much fanfare.
News of Oasis and Euro Price’s closures came as a shock to staff members and customers while Lotts, which opened in 2011, had advertised a clearance sale.

Traditionally the center of Carlow town, Tullow Street has suffered in recent years with these latest closures hitting traders hard.

[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A locally elected representative urged for calm in Newtownbutler ahead of a contentious loyalist march last Thursday.

Sinn Fein councilor Thomas O'Reilly had called for "respect" from both sides when over 20 loyalist bands were due to arrive in the Fermanagh border-village for their annual march.

Clr. O'Reilly made the comments in reaction to news that there had been a call from a group purporting to represent nationalist residents of Newtownbutler to stage a protest to "make clear our total and resolute opposition to any proposed Loyalist march.”

[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has dismissed as “unrealistic” a proposal by Ryanair, which it claimed could result in the creation of 1,000 jobs, as the low-cost carrier has based its figures on having largely free use of Shannon Airport, something that “just isn’t on.” Speaking to The Clare

Champion, he also dismissed a claim by former Shannon Airport director and former director general of Aer Rianta International (ARI) Liam Skelly that Shannon should receive over $371 million in recognition of its contribution to the development of ARI, after it leaves the DAA group.

In relation to Ryanair, he said the proposal, which would see them treble their passenger numbers at Shannon and negotiate a free deal on projections of an increase of over 600,000 passengers, “just isn’t on.”

[Source: Clare Champion]


A large quantity of cannabis was seized in Cork city July 4 at around 4 p.m.

Gardaí (police) from Togher discovered 13 pounds of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of $150,000 when they stopped and searched a car at Pouladuff Road.

A 40-year-old man was arrested and detained at Togher Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act 1996.

[Source: Cork Independent]


Derry MLA Pat Ramsey claimed more expenses than any other assembly member last year – claiming more than $135,000.

The SDLP Foyle MLA claimed a total of $143,922, between April 2011 to March 2012. He is one of ten MLA’s who claimed in excess of $125,000 last year.

SDLP colleagues Mark H. Durkan claimed just over $109,000, while former Derry Mayor Colum Eastwood claimed over $107,000.

[Source: Derry Journal]


A young woman who was left with a functioning brain but no movement in her body and no speech has said she has “indifferent” feelings for the speeding motorist who confined her to a wheelchair.

Lydia Branley was severely maimed for life just 18 months after she helped guide Barack Obama’s Air Force One across the Atlantic on his first flight as president to Europe.

She has “spoken” for the first time since Martin Kearney, the man who ended all her dreams, was sent to jail more than two weeks ago.

She said: “It does not make it any better that he is in prison. I am still in the same position now. I feel little for him. I am indifferent to him.”