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A Malaysian missionary is appealing after she was refused entry back into Ireland after a short trip to the UK. Maria Susei Mary Jeyarani, 61, who had lived in Co. Roscommon since 2007, was told at the airport she could be a threat to national security. After two days in prison, the Catholic lay missionary was deported. In her appeal to the High Court, her lawyers say she was never given a reason why she was a threat to national security and that her removal was unlawful. The case has been adjourned until later this month.
(Source: Evening Herald)


A Sligo man has been jailed for 15 years for the repeated rape and sexual abuse of his teenage daughter, which led to him fathering her child. The abuse began in September 2005 when the girl was aged 13 and continued for two years. Before Mr. Justice Patrick McCarthy passed sentence at the Central Criminal Court on Monday, the victim, now aged 19, said her father had been a hero to her when she was growing up. The 48-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty last month to eight counts of sexual assault and seven counts of rape at the family home between September 2005 and September 2007.
(Source: Sligo Champion)


A Cappawhite Parish Priest returned to his duties last Saturday evening with an unblemished record after a complaint of abuse made against him was investigated and dismissed. Fr. Tadhg Furlong (62) returns to his Ministry in the Parish of Cappawhite with the full support of his local superior, Archbishop Dermot Clifford. A statement issued on behalf of Archbishop Clifford stated that he concelebrated Mass with Furlong at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Cappawhite, on Saturday evening, after Furlong’s name was cleared.
(Source: Tipperary Star)


A man was recently shot in the leg at his home, while his girlfriend and young daughter were in the house. A number of men entered a property at Carlton Drive in Strabane shortly before 10:30 pm on Tuesday last. They assaulted their victim before shooting him. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
(Source: BBC News)


A recently retired lollipop lady was chosen as the winner of City Square’s Mother of the Year competition in recognition of her longstanding dedication to her community. Breda Farrell, nominated by her daughter Jennifer Farrell, was chosen because of her 38 years of service as lollipop lady at Presentation Primary School, as well as for the voluntary work she undertakes in her local community.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)


Two Athlone men are facing a lengthy stretch in a Venezuelan prison if found guilty of drug trafficking offences, after being arrested last week. Dermot O'Neill Jr. and Leigh O'Neill, who are originally from Parnell Square and are in their early 20s, are in custody in the country following their arrest.

If they are convicted of the offences they could be jailed for up to ten years. They could also face up to two years on remand before being sentenced. The two men were reported to be accompanying Martin “Butch” Beirne, who died last Wednesday in Venezuela after ingesting drugs.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)


A man died following a crash in Ballycrystal, Bunclody, Co Wexford last week. The incident occurred at around 6 pm last Tuesday when a car traveling from Bunclody towards Doran’s Bridge left the road and collided with a ditch. A 19-year-old male passenger was seriously injured and taken to Wexford General Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. Three other males in the car, the 20-year-old driver and two 16-year-old passengers, were also taken to Wexford General Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
(Source: Inside Ireland)


A Rathnew company which imported nearly €1m worth of de-icing salt “in anticipation of a terrible winter,” is suing a Limerick firm for breach of contract. Willows Ingredients Ltd. of Broomhall Business Park, Rathnew, claims to have entered into a contract with Galtee Fuels Ltd. of Askeaton, Co. Limerick in July of 2011. The deal called for the Wicklow business to deliver 5,000 metric tons of salt to Galtee. While some 1,600 tons of the salt was delivered, it was never actually paid for. Willows Ingredients Ltd. has had to warehouse the remaining 1,712 tons at a considerable cost.
(Source: Wicklow People)