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The Minister had attempted to remove her from her position after a Department enquiry into her running of the school. Ms McSorley went to the High Court to vindicate her good name and was successful.
(Source: Kilkenny People)


Eight and a half million euros worth of flour is expected to be milled at Odlum’s Portarlington plant this year.

Last week Odlum’s hosted a special supplier event at the Portarlington mill with over 60 Irish wheat growers and a number of merchant suppliers to celebrate the Irish suppliers’ longstanding partnership with the company.
(Source: Leinster Express)


Three Community Text Alert Schemes were launched in the last week across south Leitrim and there are hopes that the initiative will spread into north Leitrim in the coming months.

Community Alert Schemes have been organized in Cloone/Aughavas, Hartley and Dromod in the last few days and local residents have already rowed in behind the initiative.
(Source: Leitrim Observer)


A Limerick criminal and his brother have been arrested after police surrounded their Bulgarian hideout.

Vincent (33) and Jonathan (25) Collopy, from St Mary's Park, Limerick, were arrested by police in Bulgaria at a resort complex on the Black Sea.

Police said a cache of drugs, cash and ammunition was recovered.

Vincent Collopy has been on the run from gardai (police) in Limerick since 2010 after two of his brothers threatened to kill a former associate.

Police in Bulgaria surrounded the brothers' hideout at Sunny Beach -- the biggest sea resort in the country -- where the pair were cornered and arrested. The Herald understands that a European Arrest Warrant had been issued for Vincent as part of a garda investigation and it is expected that he will be extradited to Ireland.
(Source: Evening Herald)


St Patrick’s National School, Drumshanbo has been given the green light to replace rented pre-fabs with permanent classrooms as part of national €35m initiative. The school will now proceed with plans to construct two resource teaching/learning support rooms.
(Source: Longford Leader)


Disgraced doctor Michael Neary was struck in the head with a firearm during an armed raid on his home.

The controversial doctor was brought to hospital for treatment after the terrifying incident.

Sources say there is nothing to suggest that there is any link between his home being targeted and his past as a doctor at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Dr Neary (70) was struck off the medical register in 2003 having wrongfully removed the wombs of his patients at the Louth hospital where he began working in 1974.

Raiders escaped with a small amount of cash.
(Source: Evening Herald)


Two 19-year-old men arrested following a police chase in the Knockmore/Pontoon area appeared in Castlebar District Court  last week. They were remanded in custody after they were charged with up to 13 offences, including burglaries and the theft of a car containing a shotgun.

Luke Wall (19) of Gurteenamuck, Knockmore, and John McDonagh (19) of 27 Muredach’s Terrace, Ballina, were apprehended last Sunday morning after landowners in the Knockmore/Pontoon area blocked off roads forcing the two men to abandon their car. The two men were quickly arrested and questioned in relation to a wave of burglaries in the Mayo/Galway region.
(Source: The Mayo News)


An armed robbery at the Bank of Ireland branch in Navan last Friday week and a second raid on a pharmacy in Johntown village the next day are believed to be linked.

At around 3.55pm on Friday 20th April, a lone male entered the Bank of Ireland at Market Square, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun. He was wearing a hoodie and ski mask to conceal his identity.

A man wearing a ski mask got away with about $400 from the Bank of Ireland at Market Square on Friday, April 20.

A second armed robbery, which occurred the next day in Johnstown village, is also being investigated. At around 4.55pm, a lone male entered Staunton's Pharmacy in Johnstown, and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at staff and customers. He demanded cash and drugs but appears to have been spooked and fled the scene empty-handed.
(Source: The Meath Chronicle)


The forensic scientist leading the search in Co Monaghan for the remains of one of the Disappeared, Columba McVeigh, has appealed for anyone with even the most “trivial” information to come forward.

Geoff Knupfer, who in the 1980s was involved in the search for two of the victims of Moors murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, last week began overseeing “painstaking work” to find the remains of Mr McVeigh, who was abducted, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA in 1975.

Forestry workers last week cut down and cleared away trees at Bragan, Co Monaghan, where Mr McVeigh, who was 17 when he disappeared, may have been buried
(Source: Irish Times)