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Meath

Ratoath man Martin Conmey described last Monday as a very emotional day for him, following a decision by the Court of Criminal Appeal to overturn his conviction of almost 40 years ago for the manslaughter of Una Lynskey. The three-judge appeal court quashed Mr Conmey’s conviction as unsafe after finding “newly discovered facts” showed there may have been a miscarriage of justice in his case.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)

Monaghan

A judge at Carrickmacross District Court, Co Monaghan,  jailed a Dubliner for six months for trespassing. The judge said he was satisfied Glen Hutch (23) of Mellows Road, Finglas West, was “casing” the residence of a jeweller in the early hours with intent to return and commit a crime later. Judge Seán MacBride was told two gardaí on mobile patrol outside Carrickmacross spotted the security lights activated outside the residence of a local jeweller, John Howell, at 5.25am on October 25th last, and observed the accused peering into a window.
(Source: The Irish Times)

Offaly

An elderly couple who were subjected to a horrendous litany of abuse have been left penniless, terrified and isolated by a son best described as a 'sadistic monster'. Offaly natives, John (71) and Elizabeth (70) Trimble were held captive and tortured without reason by their son John (39) jnr over a five month period at the family home in Bolart, Clara.
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

Roscommon County Hospital could lose emergency theatre services due to a shortage of theatre nursing staff which has already seen one theatre closed. That’s according to Roscommon Hospital Action Committee, last week raised concerns over the potential loss of emergency theatre services and ultimately the loss of A&E services at the hospital. The HAC said that there was only one of the two theatres operating at Roscommon County Hospital (RCH) at present.
(Source: The Roscommon Hearld)

Sligo

A former Collooney banker left the financial world behind to be ordained a priest on the day the government announced Ireland’s bailout. David Barrins, 32, had worked in international currency markets. Now he has taken a vow of poverty by becoming a Dominican priest and a member of the Order of Preachers. The Kiernan Avenue native last Monday celebrated his first mass in a crowded Collooney church after being ordained in Cork recently. Afterwards he enjoyed a welcome home social organised by neighbours in the nearby parish hall.
(Source: The Sligo Weekender)

Tipperary

Tipperary's three Fianna Fáil TDs are divided on whether Brian Cowen should continue to lead the party, following the announcement last week that there is to be a General Election in the New Year. Martin Mansergh TD has said he will continue to support the Taoiseach, while Deputy Mattie McGrath says Brian Cowen should step aside as party leader. Máire Hoctor TD said she would be raising "certain issues" with the Taoiseach in the near future
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone

Three men arrested after gardai received a tip-off about an imminent "tiger kidnapping" were convicted of IRA membership last week. Gerard McGarrigle (46), of Mount Carmel Heights, Strabane, Co Tyrone; Desmond Donnelly (58), of Drumall, Lisnarick, Co Fermanagh; and Jim Murphy (61), of Floraville, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, had each denied membership of an illegal organization styling itself on the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, on February 22.
(Source: BBC News)

Waterford

A former senior engineer who is alleged to have awarded a kerbing contract dishonestly by deception, has gone on trial at Waterford Circuit Court. The contractor who was awarded the contract denied he was “on to a sure thing” after helping out the accused at his home, the court heard last week. Joseph Brennan (50), of Ceithre na Gaoithe in Ring, Co Waterford, was a senior engineer with Waterford County Council when he is alleged to have awarded the contract “dishonestly by deception” in Dungarvan in 2002.
(Source: The Irish Times)

Westmeath

A luxury spa in Co Westmeath has gone into receivership after ACC moved to secure repayment of €5.5 million it lent the business during the boom years. Temple Spa, which is based on 90 acres outside Moate, is being run as a going concern by the receiver, Simon Coyle of business advisory firm Mazars. The spa is owned by Declan and Bernadette Fagan, who opened the business as a B&B in 1987 and invested heavily in its facilities in recent years.
(Source: Sunday Business Post)

Wexford

A bull was at the centre of a dispute between two Co Wexford farmers at the county’s small claims court last week. Patsy Furlong, Ballyphilip, Bunclody, brought a claim for €1,300 against Fergus Turner, Tomnaboley, Boolavogue, who had sold him a bull that was “not a genuine breeding bull” as it only had one descended testicle. Judge Ó Buachalla dismissed Mr Furlong’s claim.
(Source: The Irish Times)

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