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He added that the group of prostitutes - including one who was brazenly parading in illuminous orange boots - were “a completely different gang than before, bolder, noisier, more forward - they are exceptionally forward”.
(Source: Limerick Leader)


A Co Longford father of one has cheated death after being shot by an armed gang while on holiday in South America.

Michael Gibson (38) was recovering at his home in Perth, Australia last week alongside his wife Danielle and 16-month-old son, Lucas.

The businessman, who originally hails from Abbeycatron in Longford town, was singled out by a gunman, who along with two other raiders burst into the ‘All Dublin’ restaurant bar in the Brazilian city of Aguas Claras.

Mr Gibson sustained a bullet wound to his lower stomach, which passed through his midriff before exiting through his back.

Last week, Mr Gibson attempted to recall the shocking moments that led up to the attack as he spoke exclusively to the Leader from his home in Western Australia.

“It was about midnight I suppose and we were about to get the bill when these guys came running in with bandanas over their faces.

“One of them pointed the gun right at my face and told us to lie down on the ground,” he said.

As two of the gang members attempted to make their getaway having pocketed money, jewellery and other valuables from shocked diners, what Mr Gibson hadn’t bargained on was the presence of a third gunman who was lurking menacingly in the background.

As a former member of An Garda Siochana (based in Blanchardstown, Dublin), and the Australian Police Force, Mr Gibson struggled to his feet in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the raiders as they left.

“I wanted to get some sort of a description of them to give to the police, but what I didn’t realize was that there was another fella (raider) behind me. I just saw him all of a sudden take aim out of the corner of my, so I dived into some tables beside me,” he said.
(Source: Longford Leader)


A 45-year-old Dundalk man has been sentenced to nine years in prison at the circuit court in Castlebar for an attack on a couple in Achill, Co Mayo.

Michael McMahon of Ashlawn, The Loakers, Blackrock pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Sean Lavelle and to the imprisonment of him and his wife Emer, at their home in Tower Road, Dooagh, Achill on February 14, 2010.

The court heard how the couple arrived home to find two masked men with nail bars in their home on Valentine’s Day 2010, at around 8.30pm.

They were tied up and Mr Lavelle was beaten on the back, shins and hands. The men were later arrested and identified as brothers, Michael and Seamus McMahon.

Seamus McMahon was shot dead in Dundalk a month after the incident in Achill.
(Source: Dundalk Democrat)


A middle-aged Mayo Abbey man who opened fire with a full-length firearm and shot his cousin in a shop in Balla will be sentenced one year on from the shocking incident.

Vincent O’Donnell (47), of Knocknabrone, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris admitted causing serious harm to Dympna Walshe when he shot her twice in the legs as she worked as a shop assistant in the Costcutter Shop in Balla on May 31 last.

Mr O’Donnell will be sentenced in Castlebar Circuit Court on May 9 next.

The court also heard last Tuesday that Mr O’Donnell was pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The accused was again remanded in custody by Judge Thomas E O’Donnell, who directed that a Probation Report, as well as a Psychiatric Report, be prepared on Mr O’Donnell for sentencing. A Victim Impact Statement is also to be prepared by the injured party, Dympna Walshe.

The shooting shocked the quiet village of Balla last May. Mr O’Donnell and Dympna Walshe are cousins and both grew up in close proximity to each other in Mayo Abbey. Ms Walshe, who is in her early 50s, required extensive surgery for injuries sustained in the attack.
(Source: The Mayo News)


The distraught family of a missing Navan resident have issued a desperate appealing for information on his whereabouts.

Tony McLoughlin, a 57-year-old married man and father-of-two, was last seen on Monday 16th January at 1.15pm near Johnstown Shopping Centre.

His daughter, Lisa, said that his disappearance is "totally out of character" and that Tony, who works in catering in the Dublin area and lives at Athlumney Abbey, had been on antibiotics for a respiratory condition at the time he went missing and had been due to visit a specialist about it.

Mr McLoughlin had recently collapsed on holiday and had pneumonia and his daughter said the medication he was on made him groggy and sometimes disorientated.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


Thousands of liters of toxic diesel sludge has been discovered in Co Monaghan.

Three thousand liters of the poisonous waste was discovered at Knocknaneen Orange Hall, Mullyash, near Castleblayney.