Ireland’s Eye a roundup of top Irish news stories, November 7th, 2013


The court heard that the injured party went to bed at 3:15 a.m., but was woken up to find the defendant with his hand up her top, squeezing her breast.

She screamed and the owner of the house came to the room, where a struggle ensued with the defendant. There were four adults in the house, including the defendant.

The girl had arrived at the house for a sleepover and had been playing cards and Monopoly. Some of the adults were drinking alcohol, but the girl was just drinking Coke. The girl got into bed in her clothes and when she woke up, she felt a hand going up and down under her top, with the defendant’s hand moving from around her belly button up to around her breast.

The defendant wrote a letter of apology to the injured party, but she did not wish to receive it. She was satisfied to accept his offer of €1,000 compensation.

Leinster Express

Americans Rescued
TWO American tourists were airlifted from Fairhead in a dramatic early morning rescue.  The men were plucked to safety from the boulder field at around 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 27 after failing to return from a walking trip.

The alarm was raised by Genevieve McLernon, owner of the Ardaghmore Bed and Breakfast on North Street in Ballycastle where the men had been staying. McLernon said the pair, who serve in the U.S. Air Force, were visiting the north coast as part of a hill walking tour.  She had dropped them off near Torr Head on Sunday morning, and they were expected to reach Ballycastle again, by foot, in the late afternoon.

"I expected them back before 5 p.m. When they weren't back by 6 p.m. I wasn't unduly concerned because they are fit, young men. But the evening wore on and I couldn't settle myself."

After ringing around some local restaurants to check if her guests had went out for dinner, McLernon contacted the police, sparking the start of the major search operation.

Thanks to her concern, Coastguard teams from Ballycastle and Coleraine were quickly on the scene along with the Irish Coastguard helicopter from Sligo.  Facing high winds and rain,

Coastguard sector manager Gordon Munro explained that a search zone was established covering Murlough Bay and Fairhead.

“We set off white powder illuminating flares to attract the men's attention and the helicopter used heat seeking technology,” Munro said.

The men were eventually located when personnel spotted a flashing light shining from an area at the bottom of Fairhead.

“There was relief all round when the men were found, and thankfully they were cold but unhurt. When we left the scene they were being looked after by ambulance personnel, and the message we got was that they were very grateful.

Local Councilor Padraig McShane hailed the local Coastguard crew's actions, and said they were “the unsung heroes of the coastline.” 

Praise also came from SDLP Assembly member John Dallat, who said “the seamless relationship between the Coastguard services on this island is a shining example of cross-border co-operation which saves lives on a regular basis.”

Ballycastle Chronicle

Water Shortage
CURRENT water restrictions for the entire Dublin region will remain in place until at least November 7.  The water restrictions are from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m.

Dublin City Council says it is reviewing the water supply situation on a daily basis.

It says there has been a stabilization in production at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment facility, but production is still well below what is needed to meet demand.

Water reservoirs remain at an unsustainably low level, the council says.

Meanwhile, funding of €12 million has been approved for new water treatment plants in Co. Roscommon.

RTE News