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He has waived his right to anonymity to help other victims and to demand a change in the law.

Earlier this week, one of the McDermott brothers had his prison term extended by six months for abusing another schoolboy.

Six survivors who went to court last year have been presented with a community award by Stormont for helping to bring the brothers to justice - ending generations of abuse.

Johnny McDermott was jailed for nine years after admitting 35 counts of sexually abusing young boys and girls. His sentence was extended by six months earlier this week.

Peter Paul McDermott hanged himself the day after his trial started last year.

The case made headlines when two other brothers, Jimmy and Owen Roe, were found mentally unfit to stand trial.

The judge placed them on a two-year supervision and treatment order and allowed them to return to their home near a playground and a school.

Following a public outcry the two brothers admitted themselves voluntarily to hospital where they remain.

Since the case, the maximum length of a supervision and treatment order has been extended from two to three years.
(Source: BBC News)


As many as forty job losses are expected at Galway Airport at the end of this month when Aer Arann’s suspends flights at Carnmore, a decision which has been described as a ‘blow’ by tourism chiefs in the West.

Aer Arann’s shock announcement last week that it would cease its flights between Galway and London Southend, London Luton, Edinburgh, Manchester and Waterford from November 1 is “not welcome news” according to Fáilte Ireland West general manager Fiona Monaghan.

She said the November to Spring periods is generally quiet but the loss of visitors on short-breaks of two to three nights at weekends from cities such as Manchester, London and Edinburgh is a “blow” to Galway City. “That market is going to be affected,” she said.

Ms Monaghan said the loss of any air access is not welcome, but it was a commercial decision by Aer Arann based on passenger numbers.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Plans are being developed to provide a full-time day care centre in the grounds of Listowel hospital for elderly people of North Kerry.

The region remains the only part of the county without a fulltime service, despite the massive savings it would represent for the HSE in the long term, volunteers spearheading the campaign say.

However, the North Kerry Day Care Centre (NKDCC) has now hopes to locate a purpose-built centre on the grounds of Listowel Hospital that would provide extended day care services to the elderly.

The group currently provides care two days a week from a premises in Listowel that was built as a community house for the Respond estate. However, the organisation now wants to extend its service.
(Source: Irish Times)


An Athy couple were being questioned by gardaí last Monday after a car hjacking and attempted hold-up at a filling station.

The Garda Air Suppport Unit and Armed Response Unit assisted gardaí from Athy and Carlow in apprehending the man and women who are in their 30s.

The dramatic events started at approximately 7.20pm on Sunday evening (16 October). A man was approached in the car park of Lidl in Athy and was ordered by a knifewielding man to hand over his car. The victim didn’t resist and was not harmed during the car jack and the raiders made off in the car.

Later that night at approximately 9.20pm gardaí were alerted to an incident taking place at a filling station in Castledermot. A shop assistant pressed the panic alarm in the store after a man entered the premises carrying a knife and demanded cash. The man left the shop without any money. The description of the car being used by the robbers was the same as the vehicle stolen earlier from Athy.
Local garda units were alerted and a short time later gardaí in Carlow observed the car in Carlow town. The gardaí units gave chase and were assisted by the Armed Response Unit and the Garda Air Support Unit.

The chase came to an end as the car headed in northbound on the M. at Busherstown, Carlow and a man and women were arrested.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


Over 3,000 households in Co Kilkenny are currently seeking accommodation assistance from Kilkenny County Council, and part of the increase is coming from relationship breakdowns.

About two-thirds of those 3,054 households are in the city and environs area (1,952), and the other areas with the highest demand include Callan (125), Ferrybank (108) and Castlecomer (107) as of the end of September, as outlined in the council’s quarterly housing report. And while the numbers are increasing across the board, senior executive officer Martin Mullally said that one cause was relationship breakdowns after which both sides would end up applying for housing assistance. In such cases, he said, “we have in effect a doubling of applications.”