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Spokesperson with the trade union IMPACT Mr. Padraig Mulligan says the move is unacceptable and makes no sense. IMPACT said the move would "effectively privatise hospital services in the western region by stealth".
(Source: The Roscommon People)


A case of alleged drunk driving against a Leitrim County footballer who is also a Garda will be heard at Sligo District Court, possibly in December.

State Solicitor, Mr. Hugh Sheridan told Judge Kevin Kilrane on Thursday last that there would be CCTV evidence in the case against Emlyn Mulligan, Kinlough which would mean it would have to be heard at Sligo Courthouse where a courtroom was set up for such purposes.

It had been previously indicated the matter would go ahead at Manorhamilton Court in December to allow Judge Mary Devins hear the case after Judge Kilrane disbarred himself from it.

Mulligan, who is represented by Mr. Gerard Mcgovern, solicitor is charged with drunk driving at Lake Isle Road, Sligo on January 17th and with not having tax on his car on the same occasion.

Judge Kilrane adjourned the case for mention to Sligo Court on November 10th when a date will be fixed for hearing, most likely in December.
(Source: The Sligo Champion)


Gardai who were called to an incident at Main Street, Roscrea, found two men rolling around on the street and they refused to separate when asked to, the local court heard.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath was told that the incident happened on July 30, 2011, at 9.14pm and that there was a strong smell of alcohol from Michael Purcell of Ashbury, Roscrea.

The defendant’s solicitor, Michael Breen, told the court that his client had an “awful lot of drink. He was with a friend and he accepts his behavior was out of order.”

He said that Mr Purcell helped out in the local boxing club, including organizing tournaments.
Judge MacGrath remanded him on continuing bail to the December court for a probation report.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


Two people who were arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was dragged from a car in Co Tyrone have been released unconditionally.

The 38-year-old man died after the incident in the Castle Hill area of Dungannon in Co Tyrone.

According to police, the victim was pulled from a green car close to the busy Market Square area at around 1pm. A 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man were arrested and questioned by detectives before being released after a post-mortem examination showed the man died of natural causes.

It is understood he was from the Travelling community and was living in apartments close to the scene of his death.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


Over the past 25 years, one family of 17 has never missed a single day of school and between them they have 158 attendance certificates to prove it.

Josie Moran, from Kilcohan Park, has always emphasised the importance of a good education for her twelve children and then later on, she sent the same strong message to five of her eleven grandchildren that are now going to school.

Every year, for the past 25 years, Josie has looked on proudly as all of her children and grandchildren have had their shining attendance records recognised and celebrated by successive Mayors of the city.

Josie said, "Every time one of them brings home a cert, there’s another photo and they’re nice to have – it just makes me very proud of them all. I know that they’ll be able to say that they went to school for their mother."

Josie only attended school until she made her Confirmation, and when she married her husband Pierce 30 years ago, they both felt that the best gift they could give their children was a good education.

Josie said, “I made my Confirmation and finished school then, so it was important to me to put my children through school the best I could, and I’m delighted now that all of the grandkids are going through school as well.”

She added, “If the kids don’t get a good education, then what else do they have behind them.”

Right through the years, Josie and her husband Pierce have encouraged the children to go to school and praised them when they did well. Josie said, “If you encourage them and praise them, they want to do well to impress you, and then they start enjoying school and they want to do well for themselves. They all did well in school and in time their certs could get them a job down the line – they will always have something to fall back on.” Josie said, "You would see children who would have been off school for more days than they were there, and that really annoys me.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Athlone District Court Judge Seamus Hughes has warned of the serious damage being caused by heroin in this area and called for tough action to be taken against the 'drug lords' who supply it.