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The Austrian Airlines flight from Washington to Vienna was forced to divert to Shannon airport at 7.05am last Saturday week.

Garda Noel O'Rourke told the court Mr Albrecht "had to be forcibly removed from the aircraft".

"This was an incident out of character for Mr Albrecht but I can't conceive of a greater danger to people than what Mr Albrecht engaged in," Judge John O'Neill said.

Gda O'Rourke said that Mr Albrecht had taken a sleeping tablet along with some wine and became agitated when refused more alcohol by the flight attendants.

"He became abusive towards the flight attendants," the garda said.

The flight attendants then required the assistance of male passengers to restrain the librarian, the court heard.

Gda O'Rourke said Mr Albrecht was intoxicated when gardai came on board and later, when he sobered up, "was severely remorseful and embarrassed".

Mr Albrecht told Judge O'Neill he would like to apologize to Austrian Airlines, the cabin crew and the passengers. He said he took the tablet because he was afraid of flying over the ocean.

"I feel deeply sorry and ashamed for what I have done," he said.

Judge O'Neill imposed a fine of €400 and Mr Albrecht walked free after paying.
(Source: Irish Independent)


The plans for the new jobs were announced by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, at the opening of a new office by the company in Ballincollig.

The company already employs over 550 people across two sites. Most of the new jobs will be for high value customer support and sales specialists, the company said.

''The expansion reflects the success we're experiencing at a time when virtualization and cloud computing has moved to the top of the business agenda,' commented VMware's Maruizio Carli, the company's general manager for its Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.

''The availability of the required skill-sets and languages in Ireland, along with the strong work ethic, has proved to be invaluable for our business,'' he added,

IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O'Leary said VMware's decisions to expand here further boosts the country's growing reputation as a location of choice for cloud computing.

''Cork has a vibrant ICT sector with about 8,000 technology employees working in IDA Ireland client firms in the country. Today's job creation announcement demonstrates Ireland's continuing ability to attract leading edge foreign direct investment,'' he added.
Source: (RTE News)


A Sandown man has been indicted for seven residential burglaries in Derry, Londonderry and Hampstead between October 2009 and March 2010.

A grand jury indicted Joshua Fowler, 32, with a last known address of 149 Hampstead Road, on seven counts of felony burglary in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Fowler broke into the first home in October 2009 then carried out the other six between February and March.

In the first two burglaries, prosecutors have not given the exact dates of the break-ins.

The first one at a Pleasant Lane home in Hampstead happened in October 2009. The next one, on Autumn Lane in Londonderry, happened in February 2010, according to indictments made public last Thursday.

Court documents say that Fowler may not have acted alone in the burglaries, but so far he is the only one charged in the case.

Another burglary in Hampstead — at Sarah's Way — was on Feb. 22. It was followed by four others between March 3, 2010 and March 16, 2010, indictments say.

Fowler is accused of committing two burglaries in Hampstead — on Collette Drive and Craine Road — on March 6 and 16, indictments say. He also broke into a pair of houses in Derry — on Drew Road and North Shore Road — on March 3 and 9, according to indictments.

Court documents do not say whether Fowler actually took anything from the homes.
(Source: Union Leader)


An estate agent is offering a unique house deal: buy one house and get the one next door free.

Estate agent Brendan McGlynn has a number of houses on his books in various parts of Co Donegal.

Now the businessman is selling houses for €100,000 and is throwing in the keys for the house next door as part of each deal.

The Letterkenny-based estate agent says the offer is an attempt to move houses on and allows builders to move on to their next project.

The offer relates to three different properties in Letterkenny and Milford.

“There is absolutely no catch: you buy one and you get the house next door free.

“These are not houses on a ghost estate – far from it.

“We think it’s a really good deal and the idea is to get the last of houses on established residential estates sold,” he said.

“We have houses in two different estates in Letterkenny and one in Milford which are the last houses on each estate.

“If we can sell the houses we can move on to the next estate and try and keep things going,” he added.
The properties are three-bedroom semi-detached houses that are almost finished.