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Special Merit Awards were given to Enniscrone Tidy Towns Committee and Ballinafad Tidy Towns Committee.

Tidy Towns grant scheme awards went to committees in Ballintogher, Ballisodare, Ballymote, Banada, Collooney, Coney Island, Coolaney, Culfadda, Easkey , Enniscrone, Grange, Keash, Mullaghmore, Rathcormac and Tubbercurry.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


The body of a man has been recovered from the sea in Co Clare.

The body is that of a man in his early 30s from Co Tipperary. A woman walking along the cliff at Chimney Bay, just north of Kilkee Bay, spotted the body floating face down in the water.

The alarm was raised and the Irish Coast Guard centre at Valentia Island in Co Kerry quickly mounted a search and recovery operation.

Kilkee Marine Rescue Service was alerted and sent crews by land and sea to the scene. Their volunteers quickly located the body, with the assistance of people on the cliffs, and removed the remains to their own base at Kilkee Pier.

A local doctor pronounced the victim dead before the body was removed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.

It is understood the incident is being treated as a personal tragedy.
(Source: Irish Times)


A convicted cigarette fraudster from Co Tyrone in Northern Ireland has been jailed for three years for failing to pay a £500,000 confiscation order.

Aiden Francis Grew (55) from Benburb Street in Blackwatertown had pleaded guilty in 2008 to evading duty on almost five million cigarettes.

He was sentenced to three years imprisonment suspended for two years. He was also ordered to pay £500,000 with a default sentence of a further three years if payment was not made within 12 months.

John Whiting, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation for HMRC, said: "Grew failed to pay the confiscation amount and will now serve the three year default sentence. We are determined that this money will be restored to the public's finances and we will continue to pursue this debt to reclaim the proceeds of crime.

"Confiscation proceedings show that our work doesn't stop once someone is convicted. Failure to pay a confiscation order often results in a prison sentence. HMRC will seek to recover any financial gain from those involved in excise fraud and will work with our partners in the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) to stamp out the illegal trade in smuggled tobacco."
(Source: 4Rfv News)


On Friday night two masked men struck a woman with a stick and attempted to tie her up after they broke into her home in Templars Hall.

Waterford Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after the men, one of whom was armed with what is believed to be an imitation gun, fled the property after ransacking her house and leaving with money.

The woman, aged in her mid 20s, was asleep in her bedroom situated on the ground floor of the property in Briot Grove at approximately 11.45pm when she heard a noise. Suddenly the door to her bedroom, which was locked from the inside, was kicked in and two masked men entered.

One of the men was holding a stick and the other what is believed to be an imitation gun. She was struck with the stick as the other male ransacked the room taking euros and dollars while she was sitting on the bed. The men then attempted to tie up the terrified woman but she struggled and they fled the property in the direction of the Lacken Road.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Three wards at a psychiatric hospital in Co Westmeath are to be closed by next March, the Mental Health Commission has said.

A report on St Loman’s Hospital in Mullingar, published last week following an inspection last March, said said some toilets at the hospital had open drains, peeling paint and falling tiles.

It said St Edna’s, St Brigid’s and St Marie Goretti’s wards should have been refurbished by May this year and should be closed next spring.

The 95-bed hospital was non-compliant in three of the 30 areas under which it was examined by the commission.

The building itself came in for most criticism.

St Edna’s ward, opened in 1847, was “unsuitable as accommodation for residents”, the report found.

“The bedrooms were cell-like and stuffy. The toilets were in very poor state with open drains and the floor was stained and marked. The shower was in poor condition,” it said.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


The High Court has frozen the assets of and suspended a solicitor whom it is alleged has €900,000 missing from his firm’s client accounts.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton made various orders against solicitor Declan J McEvoy after being informed the Law Society’s Fitness to Practise Committee had formed the view the solicitor had acted dishonestly.

The Law Society sought freezing orders against Mr McEvoy after its investigating accountants discovered a deficit of €900,000 in the client accounts of the two firms of which he is principal -William Early Solicitors Haymarket, Carlow and JM McEvoy & Co,  the Avenue, Gorey, Co Wexford.