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Meath

Gardai estimate a crowd of 10,000 attended the rally in support of the Save Navan Hospital Campaign last Saturday. The rally was protesting at the continued downgrading and stripping of services at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan. The march took a route from the Trim Road, down by the Fair Green and Church Hill, up Ludlow Street and Trimgate Street to Brews Hill. There was a 25 minute stream between the beginning and the end of the march.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Offaly

The Byrne brothers walked free last week after both were cleared at the Central Criminal Court of murdering cattle farmer Edward Dempsey in a row over a stray animal. Daniel-Joseph 'DJ' Byrne was acquitted last Friday, while his younger brother Jason was acquitted last Wednesday by unanimous verdict. Both men had pleaded not guilty to the charge. The jury of ten men and two women returned their verdict on DJ Byrne just after 4pm last Friday, after almost 11 hours of deliberations.
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

Plans for a new six-screen cinema in Roscommon town may be delayed until December, but are to definitely go ahead. John Earley of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon has rubbished claims made by the Roscommon Cinema Committee that it was unlikely that plans for the cinema would come to fruition. In a statement issued by two members of the committee they said that” the multimillion euro venture quite frankly looks like never happening”.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)

Sligo

Over 1,100 people in Sligo last weekend signed invitations asking Minister for Health Mary Harney to come to Sligo to explain her long-term policies for the region's health services. The invitation day was organized by Susan O'Keeffe, Labour candidate for Sligo North Leitrim. In O'Connell Street last weekend in just two hours over 950 people queued to sign the letter of invitation. The letter read: “We have no idea what the plan is for Sligo or the wider region. I am asking you to come to Sligo in person to talk to us about the future of our hospitals”.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)

Tipperary

Thurles has entered the Guinness Book of Records as having had the largest Halloween gathering in the world following festivities last weekend which have been described as " an outstanding success." The ten day long festival, which has been almost nine months in the planning, came to a close on Sunday the 31st with a spectacular fireworks display in the grounds of Thurles Rugby Club after a huge crowd of children and adults had taken part in the fancy dress parade through the Cathedral Town.
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone

A 36-year-old Polish woman accused of stabbing her lover to death during a drunken row the day following their son's christening has pleaded guilty to his manslaughter. Aneta Sadowska was to have gone on trial at Enniskillen Crown Court accused of the murder 37-year-old Marek Seweryn at their Rathronan House flat on the Hospital Road in Omagh, on December 15, 2008.
(Source: BBC News)

Waterford

Sentimental and irreplaceable chalices have been stolen from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fenor, much to the upset of the local clergy and parishioners. Thieves broke into the Church on Halloween night and took a safe containing two chalices, two ciboriums used to hold the host and a monstrance, all of which have been in the church for hundreds of years.
(Source: Waterford News $ Star)

Westmeath

An Athlone resident who was left wheelchair-bound after a medical procedure told the Westmeath Independent last week that she is virtually a prisoner in her own home as she is unable to get transport in Athlone to accommodate her power wheelchair. Margaret McHale also said she is limited in where she can go due to several footpaths in the town being inaccessible to her wheelchair.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)

Wexford

The children's court in Wexford has heard how a 15-year-old broke into the grounds of a secondary school in Wexford town and pointed a gun at its vice-principal when he went to investigate. The teenager in question, who cannot be named, broke into Wexford Vocational College in the early hours of Saturday August 14, having spent the evening drinking and taking LSD tablets, the court was told.
(Source: thejournal.ie)

Wicklow

Drug dealers in Wicklow were dealt a massive blow last week as gardai swooped in and shut down a cannabis growing operation at a rented house in Ashford. In a joint venture between gardai from Wicklow and the Garda National Drugs Unit cannabis plants with a street value of €500,000 were found during a search in the Courtfoyle area of Ashford.
(Source: The Wicklow People)
 

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