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The inquest into his death at Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard Mr. O’Donnell died after climbing over a gate onto the road from a field where he had been watching the rally. He was struck almost immediately by the car and his body came to rest 60 meters from the point of impact. The driver of the car, Elfin Evans, said in a statement that he had been driving between 90 to 95 miles per hour when someone suddenly appeared on the road. The man had his back to the car and he staggered across the road towards him. The car collided with a fence and ended up in a field following the collision.

A post mortem found he died from serious head injuries as a result of a road traffic accident. Dr. Katrina Dillon told the inquest there would have been a considerable degree of intoxication at the time of death.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Down

Two men from Co Down pleaded guilty last week at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court to charges relating to the theft of an ATM containing more than €230,000 from a bank wall in Castleisland, Co Kerry, last November.

Christopher Murney (24), Chapel Hill Road, Mayobridge, Co Down, and Thomas Wilson (29), Sea Patrick Villas, Banbridge, Co Down, had been sent forward for trial from the District Court in Killarney.

Both men last week pleaded guilty to four charges relating to the incident at Main Street, Castleisland, on November 13th 2010. Both were remanded in custody to appear for sentencing in Tralee on July 15th next.
(Source: Irish Times)

Dublin

X Factor judge Louis Walsh was interviewed by police on Friday over claims he sexually assaulted a man in a nightclub.

The 58-year-old pop manager met detectives after flying to Dublin hours after the allegations were made public.

He has denounced the claims as ‘completely unfounded and malicious’.

A source said: ‘Louis met police by mutual agreement, he did not meet them at a police station or at his home. He welcomed the chance to give his side of things and to start the bid to clear his good name.’

A 24-year-old single father claims Walsh groped him in the Krystle nightclub in Dublin on April 10.

However, police sources suggest a lack of CCTV evidence and the fact that the complainant has apparently changed his story on several occasions mean it is ‘very unlikely’ that the reality show judge will be arrested.

‘There has been a change of story a few times and there is no evidence at this stage that backs up the man’s claims,’ an insider said.

‘The [CCTV] footage shows very little and at this stage there are no immediate plans to interview anybody else in connection with this.’

Walsh has said he is ‘flabbergasted’ by the allegations.

He said: ‘The allegations made against me are wholly false and with no foundation.

‘I will happily cooperate fully with the police and am 100 per cent confident that after a full investigation I will be fully exonerated.’

According to the unsubstantiated claims from the alleged victim, the attack happened in the early hours of the morning when Mr Walsh is said to have visited Russell Court Hotel in Dublin.

 Earlier in the evening, Mr Walsh had attended a concert by Westlife, the Irish boyband he created.
The man allegedly told police he chatted with Mr Walsh in the hotel’s private Global Bar, before the pair moved on to its well-known Krystle nightclub.

His statement to officers claims the TV star then indecently assaulted him in the nightclub’s toilets.
(Source: The Evening Hearld)

Fermanagh

A meat processing company in Fermanagh has ceased trading, putting 40 jobs at risk.

Tenderlean Limited, which is based in Derrylin in County Fermanagh, supplied pre-packed beef, lamb and pork to supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants.

The company has called in administrators, who said there were no funds to continue trading.
The administrators have said they hope to find a purchaser.

Like other meat processing operations, Tenderlean faced sharp increases in the price of raw materials at a time when the retail market was experiencing recession.

Cattle prices have increased by 50% over the past three and a half years, resulting in a drain on cash.
Retail meat prices have not kept pace with rising farm prices and as a result companies like Tenderlean have seen margins squeezed.
(Source: BBC News)

Galway

A woman in labor was forced to wait in a toilet of the Maternity Unit at University Hospital Galway last week due to chronic overcrowding.

This happened in a week when the number of patients on trolleys in the A&E department reached an all-time high of 39 on Friday, the highest in the whole country; while an 80 years old stroke victim spent 34 hours on a trolley at the A&E last weekend.

When the Galway mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, arrived into the Maternity Unit last Tuesday night, the waiting room was so crowded with other women in labor that she was offered the adjacent toilet as the only other space for her to wait until she was admitted.

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