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Antrim

Police in Antrim have renewed their appeal for information after the body of a popular local fisherman was pulled from the waters he had loved since he was a boy.


Robert Patterson, or Rab to his many friends, was a familiar figure in the town but as he exchanged cheery greetings last Tuesday morning no-one could have believed that a life already touched by tragedy was drawing to a close.


The 48-year-old, who lived in Briarhill Flats, was spotted shortly before 10.30am at the Dublin Road shops. Minutes later he was at Market Square, waving to pals before heading towards Hall's Bridge.


From this point on details become more sketchy, but it is understood that by 11am he was sitting on a bench overlooking the river - and he was in the company of another man.


What happened next is shrouded in mystery, but by 11.30am Robert Patterson - who as a young man had served at sea for several years - was in the shallow but murky waters. And there he lay for just over an hour until men working yards away on the other bank spotted what appeared to be the face of a man peacefully looking skywards from the rushing eddies.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)

Armagh

The spate of robberies in the locality continued unabated last week with several break-ins reported in Forkhill, Silverbridge and Culloville areas.

More than twenty items of jewellery were stolen from houses in the Carrive Road and Ballsmill Road areas of Silverbridge on Tuesday September 27th, police have revealed.

Police believe one of the houses on the Carrive Road was robbed sometime between between 10.20am and 11.30am or 12.55pm and 1.30pm while the second break-in on Carrive Road and the burglary on Ballsmill Road occurred sometime during the day.

Police are investigating a possible link between these incidents and are appealing to anyone who witnessed any activity around these homes or has information in relation to these incidents to contact them.

The stolen items of jewellery included a gold chain and fob, a Celtic brooch, two men’s Seiko watches with gold straps and a Raymond Weil watch, a sapphire and diamond engagement ring, a man’s gold wedding ring, earrings, bracelets and chains.

On Saturday night September 24th the takeaways in Forkhill and Silverbridge were robbed by thieves armed with a knife while earlier on Saturday the Belleek home of a bride and groom was robbed as the couple celebrated their wedding day.

And some time between 6pm and 7.20pm on Sunday September 25th thieves entered a house on the Concession Road in Culloville and stole a television.
(Source: Crossexmainer.co.uk)

Carlow

Gardai were tipped off to almost €20,000 worth of cannabis plants being grown in the grounds of Dr Cullen Park because the grower wouldn’t sell the drugs “to various people around the town”, Carlow District Court heard last week.



Peter Reilly, Caretaker’s House, Dr Cullen Park, Dr Cullen Road, Carlow was charged with unlawful possession and cultivation of cannabis plants and opium poppy at his address on 7 October 2010. 

The court heard that gardaí entered the property at 10am on the date in question, on foot of a warrant, and found 77 cannabis plants, valued at €19,500.

Gda Philip O’Sullivan told the court that the defendant was “growing them for his own personal use”, before adding that he was “100% confident he was not supplying”.

“He only had three contacts in his phone and we found no cash,” added Gda O’Sullivan.


Inspector Martin Walker added that Mr Reilly had “more or less cocooned himself in there (the house) at the time”.

“The information we received was because he wasn’t supplying to the various people around the town. It was a primitive enough setup,” added Insp Walker.

The defendant, who has one previous conviction dating back to 1999, fully co-operated with gardaí, the court heard. Defence solicitor John O’Sullivan told the court that his client was “an unfortunate individual who suffered from depression”.

“He was on medication and ended up on cannabis because of the palliative effects,” added Mr O’Sullivan.

(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)

Cavan

Wives and partners of personnel stationed at Dun Ui Neill Barracks in Cavan have put together a petition of over 5,000 names in less than 48 hours campaign to keep the barracks in Cavan open.

The petition was available at a public meeting in the Farnham Arms Hotel last Monday night, which was attended by over 400 people all campaigning against the mooted closure of the installation.

The meeting heard from Government TD Joe O'Reilly that no decision has yet been made on the issue. He promised to put the arguments for Dun Ui Neill to Defence Minister, Alan Shatter.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)
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Clare

An “alarming” upsurge in criminal activity in the East Clare area has been attributed to one gang, described by gardaí as “very serious criminals” who are “very organised” and are not afraid “to take on the gardaí”.


At a meeting of the Clare Joint Policing Committee last week, Councillor Joe Cooney described the increase in burglaries and thefts in the East Clare area over a two-week period as “alarming”.


He asked the panel, made up of the county’s Chief Superintendent John Kerin, Ennis Superintendent Peter Duff, Ennistymon Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan, JPC chairman Councillor Joe Arkins and county manager Tom Coughlan, if there is any reason for this and if they are aware of the situation.


Chief Superintendent John Kerin explained the gardaí are aware there had been “an upsurge in criminal activity in the East Clare area in the last two weeks”.


He said the gardaí are “satisfied that this was as a result of one criminal gang that are operating across seven or eight counties”.


“We know the vehicles they are using and there is a huge operation in place across three regions to get that gang. I can tell you that they won’t be stopped by gardaí unless we have the armed response unit. These are very serious criminals. They are very organized, serious people and they won’t be afraid to take on the gardaí,” he concluded.


According to gardaí, the burglaries of a house at Gurteen, Tulla between 4pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, September 28, a house at Glendree also in Tulla on the same date and the burglary of a shop in Flagmount village between 10pm on Wednesday, September 28 and 8.30am on Thursday, September 29 are believed to have been perpetrated by this gang.


A further attempted break-in at a house in Drewsboro, Scariff at 3am on the morning of Thursday, September 29 was also part of the same spate of crimes, according to gardaí.

(Source: The Clare Champion)

Cork

A woman has been knocked down and killed in Cork city Saturday afternoon after she was struck by a bus at Parnell Place. The accident occurred at 5.10pm when the bus from Fermoy turned the corner at Andersons Quay and stuck the female pedestrian.

A spokesperson for Bus Eireann confirmed that the woman has been pronounced dead at the scene, which is closed off for technical examination. It is not yet known what age the woman was. The spokesperson offered his condolences to the family of the deceased woman and said Bus Eireann would be complying with any all Garda investigations, as well as conducting its own internal inquiry.
Source: (Cork Independent)

Derry

Dozens of life-size plastic painted cows will be making an appearance in Derry next summer as one of the world’s most popular public art events arrives in town.

‘CowParade’ will bring fibre-glass reinforced cows to the streets of Derry where, decorated by local artists, they will be placed on display for public viewing. A charity auction at the end of the event will raise money for chosen charity partners.

CowParade events have been staged in more than 50 cities worldwide since 1999 including Chicago, New York City, London, Tokyo, Brussels and Dublin.

Last week, Derry City Council agreed to co-fund next year’s event, setting aside a maximum of 50% of the overall request of £17,500 spread over two financial years, subject to securing additional monies from other funders.

A Council spokesperson says CowParade will “present us with an excellent opportunity to boost visitor numbers as part of the lead-in to the UK City of Culture.”

Council also believes the event can offer a “range of opportunities to engage with local communities and maximise tourism opportunities and linkages.”

She added: “There is also huge potential to place the cows at key attractions within the city to develop a themed and specialist trail with a number of sites already being considered as potential locations.”
CowParade, insists Council, is more than an arts festival.
(Source: Derry Journal)

Donegal

A victim of a shooting attack in a Donegal village died from massive blood loss after being shot in the back, the trial into his murder has heard.

Martin Kelly (36), a bus driver, of Barrack St, Strabane, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 27-year-old Andrew Burns, also from Strabane, at Donnyloop, Castlefin, on February 12th 2008.

It is the prosecution’s case that Kelly was part of a joint enterprise to lure Mr Burns from Strabane to Donnyloop, where he was shot twice.

Last week the trial at the Special Criminal Court, which is expected to last three weeks, heard evidence from State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy who said Mr. Burns died from a gunshot wound to his back which caused massive loss of blood.

State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy told the court that she carried out a post mortem on Mr Burns’s body on February 13. She found four gunshot wounds, two entry wounds and two exit wounds, showing that two shots had hit him.

She said that no bullets were recovered. One gunshot wound was a flesh wound to the left shoulder. The other gunshot had entered the right side of the back and had caused injuries to the aorta and bowel.

She said the bullet had entered the right side of the aorta which is main blood vessel. “This man died from gunshot injuries,” she added.

The gunshot wound to the back had penetrated the abdominal cavity and Mr Burns had lost “a substantial quantity of blood which caused his collapse and death”.

“As death was due to blood loss he would have been capable of walking for a considerable distance before collapsing. Without urgent surgical intervention he could not have survived,” she said.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

Down

A bomb alert near where a military homecoming parade is taking place in south Belfast has been declared a hoax.

The Kings Hall parade is being held to honour troops who have returned from Afghanistan.

A number of roads closed due to the alert in the grounds of a bar on the Lisburn Road are open again.
Army bomb experts dealt with a suspicious package and declared it an elaborate hoax.

Hundreds of soldiers from the Irish Guards and Royal Irish Regiment will parade in front of an invited audience during the event.

At the last homecoming parade in Belfast in 2008, police in riot gear kept opposing crowds apart.
The policing bill came to almost £500,000.

The Ministry of Defence turned down an initial offer from Belfast City Council for a parade through the city.
(Source: BBC News)

Dublin

Two masked men armed with a gun have hijacked a taxi before burning the car out.

The incident happened in the Fountain Terrace area of Strabane at about 10pm on Friday.

The PSNI said two men dressed in black, wearing balaclavas and gloves approached the car and forced the driver out.

They drove into Innisfree Gardens, where a third masked man was seen standing.

The car, a blue Renault Trafic, was found burnt-out a short distance away in Innisfree Gardens.
The taxi driver was not injured in the hijack.
(Source: The Evening Herald)

Fermanagh

A man has been rescued from mountains in County Fermanagh after suffering from suspected heart problems.

The victim - who is believed to be aged in his mid-40s - was found by the North West Mountain Rescue Team on the Cuilcagh Mountain on Saturday afternoon.

Belfast Coastguard were asked to request the help of the Irish Coastguard helicopter, which flew in from Sligo to take part in the rescue.

The man was then flown to St Angelo Airport in Enniskillen and then brought to the Erne Hospital.
At time of press his condition was unknown.
(Source: Irish Times)
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Galway

Almost 250 workers at Aviva Insurance in Galway are facing into a further month of uncertainty and job insecurity, as they await a formal announcement from HQ in London about the possible axing of one in every two jobs from its 2,000 strong Irish workforce.


Management of Aviva insists that its internal review of its Irish operations in Galway, Cork and Dublin is still underway – the grim news of the official numbers it seeks to lay-off in Ireland is expected in about five weeks, with Christmas just around the corner.


The insurance giant has kept tight-lipped about its intentions but an RTÉ’s Prime Time program last week revealed that 1,000 out of its 2,000 workers in Ireland face the chop – almost 500 more than had originally been feared.


Representatives from Aviva in Galway, from both the Knocknacarra and Eyre Square operations, were meeting with a ‘union committee’ comprising people from all section throughout the Irish Aviva network, to discuss the staff’s next course of action. Industrial action has not been ruled out, a spokesperson for the Unite union said.


Workers locally once again have complained about the lack of information forthcoming from the employer, who hasn’t even yet confirmed officially if it is seeking redundancies at all. Another claim made on last Tuesday’s television program was that the jobs review code named ‘Operation Accelerate’, will result in a reduction in its customer branches from 26 to 11 nationwide. 


The uncertainty at the two Galway operations is causing widespread anger – morale, described as ‘on the floor’ a fortnight ago when the rumors first circulated, has now sunk even lower, Unite said.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)

Kerry

Up to 100 information technology jobs are to be created over the next five years at the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee, Co Kerry, by a financial services IT company, which is a subsidiary of a major Japanese bank, it was announced in Tralee last week. 

Separately, a further 60 jobs are to be created by Fexco, the financial services company, in Killorglin for the online processing and development of Irish heritage certificates. The certificates facility, operated under Government contract, went online last week.

The jobs in software development at the Kerry Technology Park will be created by JRI America, which is winding down its software development business in Bangalore, India.

A range of functions including Java software development and testing, network support, data centre support and helpdesk activities will be carried out there.

Recruitment is under way for some 30 positions and it is expected 100 jobs will be created over five years, IDA Ireland said JRI America is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. which also owns Japan’s second-largest bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

The Tralee operation will support the group’s Western Hemisphere IT operations including the US, UK, Dubai and potentially other markets in due course, according to the IDA Ireland offered JRI America “a unique opportunity”, said the company’s chief operating officer, Michael O’Dea. Not only was there strong Government support for innovation and business, but there was also a deep pool of talented people with strong technical skills.

The team in Tralee will be “at the forefront” of JRI America’s objectives to “develop innovative technology capabilities”, he said.
(Source: Irish Times)

Kildare

The tragedy of teenage road death struck Kildare again at the weekend, with an horrific crash just outside Kilcullen taking the lives of two young people.

Friends Claudia Govea (18) and Jamie Lee (19) died following the accident at Brownstown, Naas Road, Kilcullen, shortly before 3pm last Saturday. The crash occurred when the BMW car being driven by Jamie was in collision with another vehicle, in which two young women were travelling.

The car in which the teenagers were travelling ended up on its side in a field at the collision site after the crash, which happened following a morning of persistent heavy rain, on a stretch of the road beyond the Kilcullen Link Business Park. The road narrows at that point after a bend.

Four ambulances and other elements of the emergency services were quickly on the scene to deal with the situation. The road remained closed for forensic examination until shortly before midnight on Saturday.

The shock which followed the fatal crash was evident on Sunday at the Cross and Passion College, where Claudia had been a pupil. Having sat her Leaving Cert last June, she had just begun her studies in Culinary Science at UCD.

A candle-flanked photograph of the two young people was the focus of the grief of current and former pupils at the school.

Although the victims’ names weren’t officially released until late Sunday, by Saturday evening the identities of the dead young people were known throughout the community, especially among the younger group to which they belonged.

Claudia was born in Cuba but her family has lived at Hill Crest, Kilcullen, for several years and she had attended CPC for six years.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

Kilkenny

“Not on my watch.”

This was the response by Chief Supt Mick McGarry when asked whether any rural Garda stations in Co Kilkenny would be closed due to nationwide cost-cutting measures.

Speaking at a meeting of Kilkenny County Council’s joint policing committee, he said he had been asked to draft a report for Carlow/ Kilkenny about any Garda stations that could potentially be closed down in 2012.

“Not on my watch will they close,” he said in response to a query from Cllr Sean Treacy (FF).
However, asked by Cllr Maurice Shortall (Lab) whether any progress had been made in extending cover in Castlecomer to 24-hour, he said the possibility was unlikely at present.

In the current climate, Chief Supt McGarry said, “it is very difficult to advance on where we are today. Our resources have certainly thinned out ... and we are fighting to maintain what we have.”
(Source: Kilkenny People)

Laois

The Portlaoise drugs trade is understood to be at the centre of a Garda investigation into the early morning shooting in Portlaoise last Tuesday.

In what Gardai believe may represent a major escalation in drug crime in Portlaoise, a local man in his 30s was shot in the hallway of his own home between 8.30am and 9am. The victim’s partner and young child were in the house at Hepburn Court at the time.

The intruder demanded money and, during the confrontation, one shot was fired into the man’s thigh by the masked gunman. A second shot may have been discharged but gardai have only recovered one casing from the scene.

Gardai would not comment directly on the motive for the attack but the link with the drug trade is the main line of inquiry. It is not believed that the gunman was local and Gardai are also working on the theory that the attack may result from a dispute over drug money.

As of last Friday the victim was still receiving treatment in hospital. While he has spoken to gardai, he has yet to make any formal complaint that would lead to the indentification of the attacker.
(Source: Leinster Express)

Leitrim

Gardai have announced a man in his 30’s has been arrested in connection to the house fire in Boyle that claimed the life of five year old Marie Keane Connolly.

Gardai investigating the fatal house fire in Boyle on October 3 believe that the fire was started maliciously. They have arrested a male in his 30’s in the Sligo area.

The male is currently being detained at Boyle Garda Station under the Provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)

Limerick

Nothing is sacred any more say residents of a County Limerick village, after a priest’s home was broken into last weekend.

Last Sunday Fr Pat Coffey left the parish house in Lisgaugh, Doon at 5pm to carry out his priestly duties. On his return at 9.10pm he found his house had been broken into and turned upside down.

“They smashed the sensor lights and then forced access through a side window. They got a small amount of cash but nothing precious thank God. They went through everything. All they wanted was cash,” said Fr Coffey, who is the adviser for primary schools and vocations director Archdioces of Cashel and Emly.

He also works in tandem with local priests and, ironically, when Fr Coffey was saying mass on Monday the scheduled Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan.

“A man was robbed and left on the side of the road and the person who came to his aid was the good Samaritan so it fitted in very nicely.

“I’ve had that experience because I was at the receiving end of many good Samaritans. I’ve been very fortunate with the amount of callers I’ve had to the house and phone calls from parishioners. They are nearly more shocked than I am. I deeply value the support of the people of Doon,” said Fr Coffey.

“If anything good can come out of this it is just to alert people that if they see anything out of the ordinary to contact the gardai and that we all look out for each other,” he added.
 (Source: Limerick Leader)

Longford

Four members from a Dublin based Real IRA gang were detained by gardai in Longford last week in connection with an alleged extortion racket, the Leader has learned.

Officers arrested the four men in Co Longford last Thursday afternoon after gardai received a complaint the gang were in the area in an attempt to obtain money from a Longford based criminal.

It’s understood the four men called to a location on the outskirts of Longford town shortly after 1pm and demanded a sum from the victim, believed to be in the region of €50,000.

Upon receipt of the tip off, detectives and the Gardai’s Regional Support Unit, who were in Longford for another matter, set up a number of checkpoints across the county in a bid to track down those involved.

Following a search, all four men were arrested by members of Granard Gardai before later detained at Longford and Roscommon Garda stations.

No charges were handed down to any of the men the Leader understands with a file likely to sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) over the next number of days.
(Source: Longford Leader)

Louth

X-Factor contestent and Castleblayney native Randy Roxx, who made headlines after he was stitched up by the popular ITV show, has told the paper that he has been the victim of a racist attack.

Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat from Spain, Randy, real name Gerard Martin Byrne, says that he and his wife were targeted by racists who slashed the tyres of his car at a location north of Madrid.

“Afer getting the ferry to Santander, we had to travel by car with all our belongings to Benidorm. We stopped at a service station and a few miles down the road we realised the tyre was flat.”

When they got out to change the tyre the couple realised that the tyre had been slashed.

“An English guy came down the road and stopped to help us. He told us that there had been a number of similar attacks on foreigners.

“It was a real shock. Usually as an Irish person you’d expect to be welcomed around the world. We then had to sleep in the front seats of the car because we were too afraid to lose it as all our belongings were in it. ”

It’s been a roller coaster few weeks for the performer who received huge support from the Irish public after he was humiliated on air when performing on the X Factor. He alleges that the producers of the show had edited his performance to make it look as if the he had cleared the arena. Randy now says that he will “not rest” until Louis Walsh apologises to him.

“We sat down to watch the show and my wife and myself were gutted by what we saw. They had edited it to look like I cleared the arena.

“The comments from Louis Walsh and Kelly Rolland were really ignorant. They told me that I was exactly what the show didn’t need. Gary Barlow was the only one to say something positive and they edited him out.

“They destroyed me and tried to ruin my livlihood.

“The show is vicitmising people and there are gullible people out there who don’t realise what these programmes are doing and how they are using vulnerable people.”

Much of Randy’s anger is directed at pint sized music mogul Louis Walsh, who he feels was particularly distasteful in his comments. “I didn’t expect him to do that, least of all to a fellow countryman.”

Yet vindication was around the corner for the Castleblayney man, who was made unemployed when his father’s company, Castleblayney Steel, closed down. He contacted Ryan Tubridy and from there put in a star turn on The Late Late Show, where no one was left in doubt as to his abilities as a performer.

“The response from the people of Ireland has been overwhelming and has left my wife and I in tears at times. I will always be indebted to them.”
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)

Mayo

Robbed while praying at the graveside of a parent. It is not a crime you would expect to happen in the leafy suburb where Westport’s Aughvale cemetery is located. Sadly, this daring theft is just one of a spate of daylight robberies that have occurred in the heritage town and its environs over the last month.

And according to the town’s incoming Garda Chief, Inspector Joe McKenna his force will not tolerate such criminality in the heritage haven, noted for its low crime rate.

At last week’s Joint Policing Committee meeting, Insp McKenna revealed that after three women who had buried someone close to them last week returned to the graveyard later in the day to pray, their handbags were robbed from their nearby car.
(Source: The Mayo News)

Meath

A huge blaze has destroyed an agricultural premises in Johnstown, Navan, for the second time in just 15 months, leaving a disbelieving local farmer in shock.

On Thursday night, 27th September, a fire started in the outbuildings of a yard at St Martha's, Johnstown, leased by farmer Edmund Curtis.

It is understood that repairs, renovations and re-wiring were only recently completed after a fire wrecked the same premises in June of last year.

Gardai are investigating the incident but the cause of this latest outbreak is not yet known. Winter feedstuffs and straw helped ignite the blaze, leaving the facility effectively beyond repair.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)
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Monaghan

Two men from Newry have appeared in court in the Republic of Ireland in connection with laundering illegal diesel.

The men, aged 33 and 34, were arrested at commercial premises in Glaslough, County Monaghan, last Monday night.

They appeared before Cavan District Court last Tueday and were remanded in custody.

The arrests follow the recovery of a tanker delivering 40,000 litres of diesel.

Customs officers followed the tanker and raided an illegal diesel laundering plant.

Inside they found an underground tank into which the fuel, originally intended for agricultural use, is pumped with a bleaching agent to remove the dye.

When the dye is removed, the fuel is sold on as conventional road diesel, making a significant profit for the launderers.

The facility could have deprived the Republic of Ireland's exchequer of up to 4m euros (£3.4m) a year in lost revenue.

The men are due to appear before Monaghan District Court on Monday 10 October.
(Source: BBC News)

Offaly

Up to 50 or 100 new jobs could be created in Tullamore if local people kept their money in town.

That’s the message being highlighted in a new poster campaign launched last week by a group of local traders and business people.

“Your town, your choice, your money” is the catchy slogan on the posters which are now on display in shops and businesses throughout the town centre.

The posters play on the famous World War II US poster featuring Uncle Sam and the wording “Your country needs you”.

“Money spent in Tullamore keeps jobs locally,” said local business man, Christy Maye who is the author of the new marketing campaign.

Mr Maye, who has a reputation for thinking outside the box, said: “There is a lot to be done to revitalise the town centre but we have to start somewhere.”

The former Bridge House proprietor and the key figure behind the revival of Tullamore Show in the early 90’s said people needed to come up with new ideas to kick start the local economy.

Mr Maye is a member of the new retail committee, part of the Chamber of Commerce, which is charged with encouraging business into the centre of town.

The committee is chaired by Anne Starling and a number of initiatives are planned for the coming months.

These include a secondary schools competition aimed at selecting a suitable slogan to market Tullamore as a shopping and business destination.

Tullamore, like other towns the length and breadth of the country, has taken a huge hit during the recession and its main thoroughfares feature many closed premises.

“We’re in the middle of a recession like none other any of us has experienced,” said Christy Maye. He continued: “The fact is that if we all supported our local businesses and keep money in town it would make a huge difference to jobs and the economy.”
(Source: Offaly Express)

Roscommon

A man and a woman are being held for questioning in connection with a fatal house fire in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

A woman in her 30s was arrested and is being held at Boyle Garda Station.

Gardaí are continuing to detain a man in his 30s for questioning in connection with the fire, in which a five-year-old girl died on Monday.

Mari Connolly's father Richard and her two sisters, aged six and eight, escaped the blaze at Termon Road in Boyle.

Mr Connelly jumped from an upstairs window with the two girls in his arms and sustained serious back injuries.

The man is being held at Boyle Garda Station.
(Source: RTE News)

Sligo

A young man who paid compensation for the damage he caused to a fridge in a supermarket after he got into a row over chicken be bought was given "a chance" by Judge Kevin Kilrane at Ballymote Court.

Norman Monaghan, Cornmill Park, Ballymote, was summoned by Garda Patrick Naughton for committing criminal damage on March 22nd 2010.

The court was told that the defendant went into the supermarket. There was an altercation and he took items out of a refrigerator and threw them down.

Defending solicitor Ms. Karina Carty said there was €450 damage to the refrigerator. He had an addiction problem and over the summer he received treatment. He had held his hands up, was very embarrassed and paid compensation.

Asked why he damaged the refrigerator, Monaghan told Judge Kevin Kilrane that he got chicken that was out of date. He "basically got into an argument". In relation to his alcohol consumption, he attended meetings and was 100% clean for the last seven months.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)

Tipperary

Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has backed a move by a cross-party Oireachtas Foreign Affiars Committee to have an independent international inquiry into the killing of a Ballinderry man in Bolivia two years ago.

Michael Dwyer, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot by police forces in his hotel room because, they claimed, he was part of a plot to kill Bolivian President Evo Morales.

However, numerous witnesses have stated that Mr Dwyer was unarmed when he was killed in Santa Cruz in April 2009.

Now the Oireachtas committee, led by Deputy Pat Breen, has backed calls for an independent international inquiry into the slaying.

And Cllr Morris, who welcomed the move, told the Tipperary Star he hoped the Bolivian government would comply with any requests made to it in relation to the incident.

“The Bolivian government should not be afraid of any independent inquiry. This needs to be done if the family are going to get any justice,” he said.“Michael Dwyer died in horrific circumstanecs. His family have suffered ever since and an inquiry would bring some small bit of relief to them.”
(Source: Tipperary Star)

Tyrone

Two masked men, one armed with a gun, hijacked a taxi in a County Tyrone town on Friday.
The incident, in Strabane's Fountain Terrace, took place at 20:00 BST.

Police said the men forced the driver from the vehicle, a blue Renault Traffic, before they drove it away.
It was later found burned out at Innisfree Gardens. The driver was uninjured.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Waterford

Waterford has been dealt yet another major body blow on the jobs front, as it emerged last week that 130 jobs in Rigney Dolphin are in serious jeopardy.

The Waterford News & Star has learned that 130 call centre workers, on the city’s Industrial park, have been told that by December 3 they will have to relocate to Cork or claim redundancy.

It is also understood that the Chairman of Rigney Dolphin, Frank Dolphin is desperately trying to save the workers from the dole queue or having to relocate and he will continue to do everything in his power to fight for their jobs.

Earlier this year, Rigney Dolphin lost a lucrative Eircom account to another company based outside Ireland, First Source Solutions, and that has now put the 130 jobs in jeopardy.

A condition of the new contract was that First Source Solutions had to take the work to  Knocknaheany in Cork where Eircom already had an empty premises.

Now the Waterford workers have to decide between moving to Cork or claiming redundancy and losing their job.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)

Westmeath

A local man had a lucky escape last Sunday night after he was forced to make a crash-landing in Taughmaconnell as he travelled from Ballinasloe to his home in Castlesampson.

Michael Mannion from Castlesampson is understood to have been on his way home from the Ballinasloe Fair when he was forced to crash-land the helicopter, a Robinson R44, in a field in Taughmaconnell. Mr Mannion, who runs R&M Quarries, walked away uninjured following the incident but was reported to have been in shock.

Gardai preserved the scene and contacted the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport, which is currently carrying out an investigation into the incident.

Tom Moloney of the AAIU, the investigator in charge, told the Westmeath Independent last Tuesday that the helicopter involved was a Robinson R44 - a small four-seater single engine helicopter. He said the helicopter crash-landed near Taughmaconnell on Sunday evening and he and a colleague were notified and travelled to the scene late on Sunday night.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)

Wexford

The asking price for houses in Co Wexford continues to tumble downwards, according to the latest reports from the country's leading property websites.

The reports on the third quarter of 2011 from Daft. ie and MyHome.ie both estimate that property prices in Wexford fell by over 5 per cent between June and September.

Daft. ie said that the asking price for the average Wexford home on its website fell by 5.1 per cent to €162,513 over the course of the three months.

However, the fall from the peak of the property boom over four years ago is now 50.8 per cent in Wexford, the report says, with the past 12 months accounting for 18.4 per cent of that reduction.

According to Daft.ie, the average asking prices for homes in the Model County are now as follows: one bed – €93,000; two bed – €99,000; three bed – €143,000; four bed – €200,000; five bed – €260,000.
(Source: Wexford People)

Wicklow

A convicted paedophile who previously went on the run and ended up being caught in Wicklow has been missing for over two months now.

40-year-old Paul Hunter Redpath, originally from Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, was last seen in Aberdeen on July 19.

Scottish Police are still investigating an alleged sighting of Redpath in Belfast.

He failed to comply with registration requirements and is now being treated as a ' wanted person.'
Grampian Police say Redpath is likely to associate with street drinkers and is likely to approach members of the public, charitable and religious orders asking for money.

Grampian Police Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm Macleod says 'we are grateful to the members of the public who have taken the time to contact us in relation to Paul Redpath but as yet we have not been able to trace him. We issue this fresh appeal to the public to assist us further in tracing him.'
(Source: The Wicklow People)

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