News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, Oct 13 2013


The 30-year-old, originally from Ballinasloe, County Galway, was shifted to Dublin’s Cloverhill Jail from Castlerea Prison in Roscommon under tight security.

The accused, who was charged over the incident two weeks ago, had been placed on suicide watch and was under protection at Castlerea.

It is alleged he raped each of the two girls – who are aged six and nine – twice at an address in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, on September 28.
[Source: Irish Mirror]


Minor upgrading works commenced in the emergency department at Sligo Regional Hospital on Monday, September 30.

Commenting on the works, Grainne McCann, general manager, said, “The upgrading works will involve creating a dedicated treatment and waiting area for children, an improved minor injuries area and an additional reception area.”

The works are due to be completed in December.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


Killenaule man Michael Cleere was co-opted to fill a Labour Council seat at this month’s meeting of South Tipperary County Council. The seat was left vacant last March by the departure of Bobby Fitzgerald.

Clr. Cleere was proposed by Clr. Seanie Lonergan and seconded by Clr. Eddie O’Meara last Monday. Michael was described as a “stalwart and reliable life-long Labour man” by Clr. Lonergan.

Clr. Cleere was unsuccessful when he contested the Labour seat in the Fethard area of South Tipperary County Council in the last local elections. It‘s understood he will campaign again next year to retain the seat. He is well known around Killenaule for his work as a bus driver with the local day care center, and work with the elderly. Four candidates put their names forward during the co-option process, with Clr. Cleere emerging victorious with the most votes by proportional representation.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Three incidents involving arson and criminal damage in two neighboring housing estates in the Monrush area of Cookstown are being investigated by police.

All the incidents occurred on Sunday morning, October 6.

Detectives in the area are appealing for information following an arson attack on a house in the Princess Avenue area in the early hours of Sunday.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


Two women have appeared before the Central Criminal Court in Waterford and admitted being involved in the killing of a 60-year-old man in the city last April. Meanwhile, a man has gone on trial for murder.

Both 40-year-old Michelle Hynes, of no fixed abode, and 39-year-old Johanna Kelly, also of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty last Wednesday morning to the manslaughter of Joe O’Brien.

Patrick Keating (49), formerly of Moyne House, Grattan Quay, Waterford, pleaded not guilty in court to Mr. O’Brien’s murder, but said he was guilty of manslaughter.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


A doctor based in the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, Dr. Siobhán Neville, speaks out about why strike action was taken around the country last Wednesday.

"The reasons for today’s strike are twofold.

“One is to reduce the maximum shift length of N.C.H.D.s (non-consultant hospital doctors) to 24-hours consecutively.

“Currently some N.C.H.D.s would be working 36 hours or more, depending on the institution, but certainly upwards of 24 hours in a row.”
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


Some of the top coach and tour operators in Britain traveled over to Ireland two weeks ago to attend a workshop with the tourism sector here and during their visit they stopped off in New Ross.

The initiative was organized in conjunction with Failte Ireland to encourage the visiting operators to feature Ireland as a new destination in their 2014 programs and to extend the Irish content of their existing programs.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Former Dublin player Johnny Magee will be part of the Wicklow senior football management team for the 2014 season, coming on board as a selector.

Magee captained his club Kilmacud Crokes to an All-Ireland senior title in 2009, having played as a half-back and midfielder for Dublin for a 10-year period up to 2007.

The 35-year-old won two Leinster Championship medals and an O'Byrne Cup during his inter-county playing days, and Wicklow manager Harry Murphy will be hoping Magee's experience can help the county turn a corner after a disappointing 2013 campaign.
[Source: Breaking News]