News from around the 32 counties of Ireland


Lesley Concannon, a 32-year-old Zumba teacher who is originally from the U.S.A., was charged along with her 39-year-old husband, Kevin Barry Concannon, following police raids on their home at Beechwood Avenue, Derry two weeks ago.

Her mother and brother flew in from West Virginia for last Thursday’s hearing accompanied by a representative from the U.S. Consulate.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Three fishermen have been rescued after their boat sank off Dunaff Head in Inishowen last Wednesday afternoon.

The three men were airlifted to Letterkenny General Hospital after they were brought to shore by another vessel following a mayday call they issued at 1:30 p.m.

The emergency call was made after the vessel, the St. Elizabeth, began taking on water. A rescue operation was coordinated by Malin Head Coast Guard involving two R.N.L.I. Lough Swilly lifeboats, the Mulroy coastguard vessel and the Sligo-based search-and-rescue helicopter.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


The community has united in condemnation of the armed robbery of five Dominican fathers in Newry on Thursday evening, June 13.

Around 8:30 p.m., two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, entered St. Catherine’s Dominican Priory in Dominic Street and threatened the five priests who were in the house at the time. The men then made off with a sum of money.

Although unhurt, the clerics have been left very shaken by their ordeal.

S.D.L.P. M.L.A. Dominic Bradley said people are disgusted: “This was a despicable act – the robbery of a community who live by a vow of poverty and depend on donations from its congregation –  those who carried it out have shown no respect whatsoever for the Church or its people.”
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A burglar was on bail for possession of a sawn-off shotgun when he broke into the home of Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Darragh Heavey (26) was arrested shortly after the break-in when Gardaí (police) stopped him and matched his shoes with muddy footprints found inside Mr. Shatter's home.

Heavey, of Moeran Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Delbrook Manor, Ballinteer, on March 18, 2012.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Around 700 attended a march from the library in Enniskillen to the fence of the G8 summit venue last Monday evening.

It was organized by Fermanagh G8 Not Welcome, and a variety of groups and individuals took part, including those opposing fracking.

There had been fears that the summit could attract violence, however, this was not the case.

There were nine speakers, including veteran socialist, Eamonn McCann.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Gerard Quinn, professor at the School of Law at N.U.I. Galway and director of its Centre for Disability Law and Policy, has been appointed to the Scientific Committee of the E.U. Fundamental Rights Agency

The E.U F.R.A. is one of the specialized agencies that was set up in 2007 to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the E.U. are respected

Headquartered in Vienna, it helps to inform E.U. law and policy
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Gardaí (police) last Tuesday began a double murder inquiry after postmortems confirmed that a mother and her daughter died violent deaths after being attacked in their rented home in Killorglin , County Kerry.

The bodies of Lithuanian national Jolanta Lubiene (27) and her daughter Enrika (8) were found by Gardaí at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, June 16, when they called to the two-story semi-detached house at Langford Downs, about two-thirds of a mile from the center of Killorglin.

For operational reasons, Gardaí have not commented on the results of the postmortems on the mother and daughter conducted by assistant State pathologist, Dr. Margot Bolster. It is understood, however, that both victims suffered serious stab wounds
[Source: Irish Times]


A Kildare farmer and his family were put at considerable risk because of lack of Garda (police) resources, according to Chairman of Athy East Community Alert Area Liam Dunne. The farmer confronted an intruder in his home after he spotted a strange vehicle on his property.

This latest comes in a week when a special report in the Irish Examiner showed that Kildare has proportionally the lowest number of Gardaí compared to any other Garda Division in the country.

With just 15 Gardaí per 10,000 people, Kildare has less than half the number of Gardaí stationed in Limerick and Sligo Leitrim Garda Divisions (31 per 10,000).
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Residents living at the Closh and Walkin Street area of the city had reason to celebrate last week, following official confirmation that a skate-park will not be built on their doorstep.