News from around the 32 counties of Ireland



Police in Northern Ireland have launched a murder inquiry after a 15-month-old toddler injured in an alleged assault at a house died last week. The girl was under intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after being hurt in Co Fermanagh. Police arrested a 30-year-old man as part of the investigation. Detectives from the PSNI's serious crime unit are involved and searched a house at Glebe Park in the Chanterhill area of Enniskillen. The child was first admitted to the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen last Wednesday night and then transferred to Belfast. Western Health Trust staff are assisting police.

(Source: The Belfast Telegraph)         


A Capuchin monk has defended the order’s housing of a convicted pedophile in its Carlow premises. 

Fr Paul Murphy said that while Fr Dominic Savio, whose real name is John Boland, can leave the premises alone, there is no question of him being a danger to children in the area as was suggested by a tabloid newspaper recently. 

Mr. Boland was convicted of nine counts of indecent assault on young boys in 2001.

“Is he out prowling the streets? No,” said Fr Murphy. “There are different kinds of pedophiles and, as was revealed by the Murphy Report, his modus operandi was to befriend a family and move in to groom people. 

There is no danger whatsoever to someone walking down the street. 


(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)



The unique Church of the Holy Family in Lough Gowna is nearing the end of a €200,000 refurbishment and Fr. PJ Fitzpatrick, PP, hopes to celebrate Mass there shortly. Fr. PJ Fitzpatrick points out that the Church of the Holy Family is unique as it belongs to the parish of Gowna/Colmcille East, which is half in Ulster and half in Leinster. "I've heard of parishes being divided by county boundaries but not provincial," said the PP. The church was built in 1906 by Fr. Michael Corcoran from Ardagh. "These are the first major renovations that have taken place since the church was established just over 100 years ago," said Fr. Fitzpatrick.

(Source: The Anglo Celt)



Gardaí In Co Clare were last Thursday night questioning one man and hunting up to two others after an arson attack that destroyed a car and extensively damaged a home. A 19-year-old man was arrested, while two others were still being sought. The man was being questioned at Ennis Garda station last Thursday night. It is believed the men planned to burgle the property, but set the house and the car alight before leaving the scene.

(Source: The Irish Times)


Up to 35 local community groups were braced for cuts last week following news that Avondhu Blackwater Ltd is to close its Mallow office ahead of reopening with reduced services in January However, the chairman of the Avondhu Blackwater leader group cannot give assurances that all of its current community services will continue in Mallow when a relocation takes place this January. The announcement comes amid revelations that three staff at the newly merged Avondhu Blackwater partnership have accepted voluntary redundancy.

Chairman of the group Sean Hegarty said that it is still unclear what degree of services will be provided when the Mallow office at Park Road is relocated to Fair St. According to Mr. Hegarty, the decision to relocate to the new €2.7million Le Cheile Family Resource Center has been spurred by their current lease coming to an end.

(Source: The Corkman)


Derry's university has entered a "new era" after reaching a groundbreaking agreement to expand onto lands currently occupied by Foyle and Londonderry College. The agreement in principal has cleared a path for the University of Ulster's ambitious development plan for Magee Campus which includes a proposal to expand student numbers to 10,000. The 30 acres of Northland Road lands will become available when Foyle College relocates to its new £14 million site at Clooney in 2012. University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett says the agreement is "an important milestone".

(Source: The Derry Journal)



Councilors said they are hopeful their meeting last Wednesday with representatives of the National Roads Authority (NRA) will bring the funds needed to advance the proposed Twin Towns bypass and other national roads projects. The delegation of councilors from all parties and members of senior staff have asked the NRA for €16 million for roads projects around the county, about €6 million more than the council received this year from the roads authority. Of that, the council is looking for €500,000 to redesign aspects of the proposed bypass to try to meet An Bord Pleanála objections. Donegal Mayor, Fianna Fáil Cllr. Brendan Byrne, who led the delegation to Dublin, said Donegal County Council "is certainly pushing on an open door" at the NRA with regard to the bypass. He said the NRA appreciated the strategic importance of the bypass to the county.