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“We were out on the street receiving pledges recently when a 20-year-old girl approached us and said that her father was a rapist and that she had been conceived through rape. Then she signed the form.”

Heydon said he met with the protestors outside his office, but he is not sure why his office is being targeted.

He said the purpose of the bill is to provide a legal clarity and to give doctors certainty when it comes to saving a life in a medical emergency.

“The purpose is not to bring in any new law in the area of abortion but to put a structure around existing law,” he said.

Leinster Leader

Summer Break
A FARMER who was convicted of drunk driving has had his disqualification postponed to allow him to finish his summer's work.

Timothy O'Riordan, 61, of Shanballyshane, Kilnamartyra was charged with drunk driving arising from an incident at Sleveen East last June 23.

The court heard that O'Riordan failed a roadside breath test, and a subsequent urine test showed he was more than twice the legal limit.

O'Riordan had no previous convictions, the court heard. He was fined €150 and disqualified from driving for two years.

Gardai (police) no objection to postponing the disqualification until October to allow O'Riordan drive his tractor for the summer.

The Corkman

Doggone Mystery
MOTHER of two Mary Boyle claims she had no choice but to borrow €500 from a money lender to pay a fine for having no dog license –- when she didn't even have a dog.

The Drogheda woman said that after Gardai called to arrest her earlier this month, she was so scared she borrowed the money, even though she doesn't know how she will pay it back.

“It would almost be funny if it wasn't so serious,” said the 51-year-old single mum to Ciara, 18, and Darragh, 10.

“This started almost three years ago when the dog warden sent me a €30 fine for not having a dog license in July 2010 but I told them I didn't have a dog at the time,” she said.

“The more letters they sent me, the more I contacted to tell them I didn't have a dog, so I wasn't paying anything.”

Boyle said she never received a visit from the dog warden, but the letters kept coming from the council and eventually from solicitors too.

“I was told there was a court case in 2011, and myself and my sister went down to the courthouse to explain I had no dog at the time of the fine but we got the date wrong and it went ahead without us,” she said.

The three-year saga came to a head earlier this month when Boyle said Gardai called to her house and said she would be going to Mountjoy Prison.

“I was standing in my pajamas at the door, with my little son beside me, and when the Garda said I would be spending 10 days in jail, that just broke me,” she said.

“I live on a lone parent's allowance to support my two children and if I go to prison, my children will go into foster care. I couldn't do that to them – dog or no dog.”

Louth County Council dog warden Padraig McKeown responded by saying anyone in a similar situation would have ample opportunity to prove a dog spotted on their property didn't belong to them.

Drogheda Independent