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A Former DUP MLA and councilor was left 'traumatized' after he and his wife were confronted by two males armed with a hatchet and a wooden pole in their Randalstown home.

Seventy-eight-year-old Wilson Clyde was one of Antrim's longest serving councilors, retaining his seat on the Council for more than 25 years. He also served nine years as an Assembly Member for South Antrim.

Both he and his wife were asleep at their home on the Groggan Road in the early hours of last Friday morning when the intruders broke in before fleeing in their victims' car. Police responding to the scene detained two teenagers, aged (17) and (19) a short distance away.
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


Sinn Féin Slieve Gullion Councilor Packie McDonald has been contacted by a number of concerned residents from the Newtowncloughoge area regarding the issue of drug dealing, drug taking and alcohol abuse in the area.

Voicing the concerns of the community, Councillor McDonald said it was a developing trend which seemed to center around a public telephone box in the area where a lot of drug related activity is taking place on a regular basis.


Well-known local jeweler Pat Bramley was hospitalized last week after a vicious armed raid on his shop in Carlow town.

Three men brandishing what appeared to be a gun, a large mallet and pepper spray entered Bramleys Jewelers on Dublin Street at around 10.35 am on Monday morning and subjected the staff to a terrifying attack.

The gang terrorized staff on the shop floor and in an office at the rear of the building before making off with thousands of euro worth of jewelery from the family-run business.
(Source: The Carlow Nationalist)


Judge Sean MacBride told Cavan District Court that he would put every one of the drug dealers in his district behind bars. Kevin Murphy of 46 Dromore, Cootehill, was handed an eight-month prison sentence for having cannabis for sale or supply at Dromore, Cootehill, on November 3. The judge is intent on putting more dealers in jail.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Growing concern about the increase in absenteeism among nursing staff at Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis Hospital has prompted calls for an official investigation into the causes of this long-running problem.

A Health Service Executive (HSE) report has found the level of sick leave is now running at 12 per cent amongst nurses in Ennis, almost four times the national target of 3.5 per cent and up from 9.43 per cent last September.
(Source: The Clare Champion)


A Cork man was arrested in connection with a robbery that took place in Limerick last Monday night. The man, who is believed to be in his forties and is from Knocknaheeney, was arrested along with another man who is from Clondalkin, Dublin.

The Garvey family, who live in Pallasgreen in Limerick, were terrorized in their home on Monday night by three masked men who smashed through a door to the house and then threatened the family with shot guns.
(Source: Cork Independent)


A woman claims she was assaulted in a laneway off Roemill Road area of Limavady last week.
A PSNI spokeswoman says shortly after 5 pm on Tuesday (April 17) it is alleged that two men pulled a female into a laneway and assaulted her.

“The female managed to get away. Two men aged 26 and 57 were later arrested, questioned and released on bail pending further enquiries,” she says.
(Source: Derry Journal)


The driver of a rally car involved in an horrific crash that claimed the life of his co-driver in the Donegal International rally in 2010 said not only did he lose his navigator but also “a good friend”, his inquest heard last week.

The inquest into the death of the late Thomas Maguire from Moneymore, Enfield Co. Meath, ruled his death was accidental and he had died from head and neck injuries consistent with being involved in a road traffic accident.

He died at Knockalla on June 19, 2010, when the Citroen car he was a co-driver of left the road at high speed during the event and landed down a ravine, leaving him fatally injured.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A Co Down woman has been hailed by one of the country’s most forboding businessmen, Theo Paphitis, from the popular reality TV show, Dragon’s Den, a reality show that allows Irish millionaires to invest in an up and coming business. Similar to Shark Tank in the U.S.

Mikaela Pinder has received a special endorsement from Paphitis for her wine glass charm business which has been making waves throughout the UK and further afield.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)


A security worker was walking to an ATM when an unarmed man in a balaclava approached the employee and simply grabbed the cash box from him before fleeing on foot last week.