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Figures just released reveal that there was an increase of just over eight percent in overall crime in the Antrim Borough during the last year.

The latest police statistics, published last month, address drug crime, hate crime, stop-and-search statistics and many more.

Many of them give an overview of the position at the end of the 2012-13 financial year, while others provide a monthly or quarterly update.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Natalie Wilson said: "These latest crime figures tell us that while we have been performing very well in many areas, overall we can do better.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Ahead of his retirement this month as principal of St. Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen, Mr. Kevin Scally has voiced his concern about the perceived delays in moving towards a non-selective education system. He says calls from Catholic bishops for grammar schools to end academic selection are going largely unheeded and has expressed a wish that the leading churchmen be more outspoken over the lack of progress.

As registration for the unofficial 11+ tests opened recently, every grammar school that runs the exams is planning to continue using them, despite last summer’s statement from senior church figures instructing schools to scrap transfer testing. Grammar schools were given two years to reduce admission by entrances exams by 25 percent, however, to date, there has been little progress.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


The education minister has announced a major reorganization of higher education – including the setting up of three new technological universities.

It follows recommendations made by the Higher Education Authority, which is calling for consolidation of the I.T. sector.

Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Tallaght, and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown will come together to become a technological university.

Cork I.T. and I.T. Tralee will also come together, as will Waterford I.T. and Carlow I.T.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Some 629 fixed penalty notices were canceled in Garda (police) districts across County Cavan in a two-year period (2011 and 2012), a recently published Garda report has revealed.

The report from the Garda Professional Standards Unit examined the processes and systems in place to deal with the cancelation of fixed-charge notices by superintendents and inspectors acting in that capacity.

Some 8,202 notices were issued in Cavan in 2011. Of these, 359, or almost 4.5 percent, were canceled, while 270, or over 5 percent, of the 5,115 issued in subsequent 12 months, were also scrapped.
Per district, the Cavan Town area has issued the highest number of penalty point notices over that same period (6,774), cancelling 325 of them.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


The first 140 days of the year have seen 148 burglaries in the county – a burglary a day. Clare’s Chief Superintendent John Kerin outlined the figures, which showed a decrease in the majority of crime categories in recent months, at last week’s meeting of the county’s Joint Policing Committee.

He detailed how Garda (police) undercover operations had yielded results in relation to drugs, crime and car break-ins.

There have been 10 thefts from cars parked in Bunratty in the first five months of this year, sparking a warning to be extra vigilant in the county’s top tourism spots.

Of the 148 burglaries from January 1 to May 20, 64, or 43 percent, were in the Ennis area; 19, or 13 percent of burglaries, were in Shannon; and the remaining 65, or 44 percent, were reported across the rest of the county. In the same time period there were a total of 72 thefts from vehicles, 29 of which took place in Ennis; 15 in Shannon and the remaining 28 throughout the county.
[Source: Clare Champion]


Adopted Corkman Denis Carré captured the world's attention two weeks ago when he attended the Cannes Film Festival as South Korean singer Psy, and he hopes to gain worldwide musical approval this week when he releases his first single.

“Electro-Kudro” is the single to be released this week by Psy impersonator, Denis Carré, who has been living in Cork for the past 10 years, and featured as the Cork Independent Profile in 2010.

Mr. Carre has been working as a lookalike since December last year, but catapulted to fame after attending the Cannes Film Festival as the South Korean singer-songwriter.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A renewed call has been made to have City of Derry Airport renamed to commemorate the city’s historic links to aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Sinn Féin Councilor Elisha McCallion brought the proposal before Derry City Council last year, but it was rejected by the S.D.L.P. and the unionist parties.