News from around the 32 counties of Ireland, week of Sept 15 2013



An inquiry into a hospital doctor accused of reading an X-ray upside down and other misconduct allegations in Portlaoise’s hospital has been halted as the medic claims he cannot return to Ireland.

The Medical Council is investigating Dr. Vincent Osunkwo, who, it is also claimed, tried to cut open a patient’s hand with a scalpel in order to insert a tube during his time at the Midland’s Regional Hospital Portlaoise in 2009.

However, the Fitness-to-Practice inquiry into 13 allegations of misconduct and/or poor practice has had to be delayed because of his nonattendance.

Dr. Osunkwo is understood to be in his native Nigeria. He has not responded to contact since July 2013.
[Source: Leinster Express]


Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí (police) were forced to call for reinforcements from other areas after a fight erupted on a hired bus returning from a stag in Bundoran.

The driver of the bus was forced to pull over on the bypass at Townparks, Carrick-on-Shannon in the early hours of Sunday morning, September 8, after a fight broke out between some of the passengers.

The altercation quickly escalated until nearly two-thirds of the men on board were involved in the fight.
[Source: Leitrim Observer]


A swingers’ club in Limerick City is hoping to tap into the success of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – a poster for the adult club is displayed in a chipper in the West Clare town.

Advertising weekly swingers’ parties at the Eastway Business Park, Crossagalla, Limerick, the poster describes as being “Ireland’s only real swingers’ club venue, for your imagination and pleasure.”

When the Leader rang the mobile number advertised on the poster – under the guise of an interested punter – the man who answered explained that over 30 people enjoy the use of the facilities on any given night.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


Gardaí (police) are trying to determine whether road conditions may have played a part in a fatal car crash in Kildare that claimed the life of a County Cavan man on Sunday morning, September 8.

The man, from the Arva area, was killed when his Peugeot hatchback collided with a ditch before turning over into a dyke on the Clane to Kilcock Road, four miles outside Clane.

The 35-year-old was only minutes away from reaching his intended destination when tragedy struck just before 9:30 a.m.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Residents in the Castletown Road area have raised their concerns regarding a derelict building being used by local drug addicts.

Two concerned residents, Matthew English and Darren Taaffe, investigated the den at the site a of the old Rice’s Shop.

Inside they found silver wrapping and empty packets of prescription drugs piled high. Addicts are clearly using the site to smoke and inject heroin.

“It wasn’t a huge shock,” says Matthew. “We had seen a gang of people, men and women, going in and out of the shop. They would come out onto the street and you would see they were completely senseless.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


Westport held on to its gold medal in the 2013 National Tidy Towns award. The winners were announced last Monday with overall award going to Moynalty in County Meath.

The Meath town took the title scoring 316 points and Westport was not far behind achieving 314 points picking up the gold medal award, as well as the regional and county awards.

Other areas in Mayo achieving impressive results were Murrisk and Belmullet receiving silver medals and Castlebar, which took bronze.
[Source: The Mayo News]


Navan Town Council is to express the sympathies of the people of Navan to actor Pierce Brosnan, on the recent passing of his daughter, Charlotte.

At the council meeting two weeks ago, Clrs. Anton McCabe and Phil Brennan proposed sending a letter to the actor, saying Pierce Brosnan has been a great ambassador for Navan since he was awarded the freedom of the town in 1999.

Mother-of-two Charlotte Brosnan (42) died from ovarian cancer in late June, the same disease which killed her mother, Cassandra Harris, in 1991.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


The Irish beef processing firm at the heart of the horsemeat scandal has begun legal proceedings against a Polish supplier for sending it tainted beef.

A.B.P. said Food Service supplied meat to its Silvercrest Foods factory in County Monaghan. The plant made beef burgers for Tesco that tests showed to contain 29 percent horsemeat.

A.B.P. also announced on Thursday that it had reached a financial settlement with the Cheshire-based trading company Norwest Foods for supplying Silvercrest with beef that contained horsemeat.
[Source: The Guardian]


“Our Unfenced Country,” one of the Galway Film Centre/RTÉ 2013 shorts commenced shooting in Offaly two weekends ago. It is written and directed by Niamh Heery and produced by Eric Dolan and Swansong Films.