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A vicious racist attack on a group of foreign nationals in Antrim town center has been branded an “absolute disgrace” by Mayor Paul Michael.

Shortly after 2 am last Sunday (March 25) three Polish men were set upon by “a group of locals” on High Street.

“There was no aggression from our side, we were going home from the pub. It was just because we were speaking Polish," one of the men told the Antrim Guardian.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


A vandal intent on sucking the air out of Portadown - or at least from its motorists’ tyres - has been on the rampage in the Co Armagh town.

The tyres of at least 34 vehicles have been slashed in recent months with a spate of 18 cars being targeted in recent days following an earlier one last November when the tyres of 16 cars were attacked.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A petrified woman was treated for injuries after she was attacked on the Barrow Track by a knife-wielding thug.

The 21-year-old woman from Carlow town was approached by a lone man early Friday evening, March 23, as she walked down the track.

Gardaí are now on the hunt for the attacker who, armed with a knife, brutally set upon his innocent victim.

“He grabbed her and demanded money and her phone, but she had no property to give him,” revealed Sgt John Foley of Carlow Garda Station.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Outraged residents of a dangerously unfinished estate in Ballyjamesduff cannot understand why they are liable for the household charge, with one resident saying he would rather go to jail than pay up.

The Woodland estate off the Virginia Road, at Kilyfinla, had originally planning permission for 72 houses but only 41 were ever completed and around ten of those now stand empty.

Owner-occupiers recently met with their local representative last weekend to "seek redress" over paying what they believe is an "unfair" tax.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Businesses in Clare are set to lose more than €2 million ($2.6m) in the next three years if a replacement organizer is not found for the Etape Hibernia cycle event, which was cancelled last week.

The Sky Ride Etape Hibernia, Ireland’s first closed-road mass-participation cycle event, was held in Clare in August 2010. It was held again last year, with further races due to take place this summer, in August 2013 and in August 2014. Over the last two years, it brought more than 3,000 participants and thousands more supporters to the area, as well as generating €2 million for the local economy.

However, IMG Challenger World last week pulled out of organizing the 84-mile event for the remainder of its projected five years, saying losses made continuing the event “unsustainable”.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


Vita Cortex workers have accepted an invitation from the Director of Concilliation Services at the Labour Relations Commission. This is the third time that the LRC has intervened in the dispute over redundancy payments between the workers and their former employer Jack Ronan. Kevin Foley issued the letter to see if the long running dispute can be resolved.
Source: (Cork Independent)


A self-employed mechanic is to stand trial for causing the death of a woman by dangerous driving.
Laurence Michael Conaghan, of Lisfannon Park, is charged with causing the death of Sarah Patricia Duffy on March 12, last year.

The fatal car accident occurred at a pedestrian crossing at Lecky Road flyover as the deceased walked home from Mass.
(Source: Derry Journal)


Two brothers from Ballyshannon were handed two year sentences last week for attacking a 37-year-old man.

Daniel Devanney (26) and Joseph Devanney (23) of St Benildus Avenue appeared before Donegal Circuit Court for sentencing. They both pleaded guilty to a Section 3 assault causing harm on Richard Matthews (37) of Ballyshannon on December 28, 2010.

The court heard that the injured party went to a chipper on Castle Street at around 1.20 am. He saw men, one of whom he knew, sitting on the window. He made a comment about the chipper being closed and a row ensued.

Mr Matthews told gardaí (police) in his statement: “At least two of them tore into me, throwing punches at me”.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


Thousands of families have used the Shimna Valley respite facility in Newcastle, Co Down since it opened 16 years ago.

Operated by the Northern Ireland Children's Cancer Fund, it offers a relaxing 'home from home' experience for the whole family during or after completion a child's cancer treatment.

At present, Shimna Valley accommodates up to four families at a time - but in order to meet demand it’s about to get bigger and better, helping more people than ever before.