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The family of a Derry woman who died after her x-rays were not followed up at Altnagelvin Hospital have said they have been “failed” by the Western Trust.
Betty Fleming died from cancer in September 2011 after experiencing a seven month delay in reporting an x-ray that was taken in the hospital in January 2010.
Mrs Fleming was the mother of two former mayors of Derry, Paul and Lynn Fleming, and the family is regarded as one of the most prominent republican families in the city.
The family said they decided to speak out after the publication of a report from the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) which found that the health of patients was affected when thousands of x-rays went unreported at Altnagelvin and Craigavon hospitals.
(Source: Derry Journal)

There were fears at the weekend that a man injured in a punishment-style shooting near St. Johnston last Tuesday night could lose a limb. The 39-year-old was shot four times in the attack which took place at a house in the townland of Legnatraw, about 4km from the village. Two armed and masked men entered the house and shot the man in the legs and upper arms. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where his injuries were described as not life threatening. He was later transferred to hospital in Dublin.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)

A 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with the seizure of almost $2m of cannabis near Loughbrickland.
It was found after police stopped a van on the main Belfast to Dublin Road on Monday evening.
He faces charges of possession of a class B drug and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.
(Source: BBC News)

A total of 250 jobs are on the way for Dublin and Galway as the German software firm SAP plans to invest a total of €110m in operations here.
The German multi-national company opened its first facility in Ireland in 1997 and currently employs 1,200 people here.
The majority of the workforce - two-thirds – is located at Citywest in Dublin.
A total of 150 jobs are due to be created in sales and services.
A further 100 new positions are being advertised in Galway for the firm's newly created Cloud Services and Support Centre.
(Source: The Evening Herald)

A GAA player from County Fermanagh remains in hospital five days after he was attacked in Huddersfield, England.
Fearghal Cross, who is studying product design at Huddersfield University, was attacked at Market Street in the town last weekend. 
Cross was shot at with a ball bearing gun and beaten up, according to reports.
He is being treated at Leeds General Infirmary, where his condition is described as stable.
Two men aged 16 and 31 arrested in connection with the attack were granted bail pending further inquiries.
(Source: BBC News)

The former manager of a home heating oil company has been fined €30,000 and given a suspended two-year sentence for being one of the main players in a cartel which fixed the price of home heating oil in Co Galway more than 10 years ago.
Pat Hegarty (40), of Coole, Gort, Co. Galway, had denied two charges of agreeing with other distributors, while manager of Fate Park Ltd (trading as Sweeney Oil/Rabbitte Oil, Galway), the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition in the gas, oil and kerosene trade by directly or indirectly fixing the selling price of both home heating oils, between January 1, 2001, and February 11, 2002.
(Source: Irish Times)

Kerry County Council has said a fly infestation problem in north Kerry last week was most likely caused by work being carried out at its landfill site at Muingnaminnane.
Council workers using tracking machines to cover a cell at the landfill site, accidently disturbed vast numbers of flies, who have multiplied in the rising temperatures of recent days.
Householders in the greater Ballymacelligott and Tralee areas appeared to be worst affected by the infestation.
(Source: Irish Examiner)

The survivor of a gun attack on house in which two men were shot dead has appeared in court on public order charges.
NerijusKelmelis (26) was shot in the leg when he was caught in the crossfire after two gunmen broke into a rented house in Kilcock, Co Kildare, in March.
He has now appeared in court charged with public order offences which allegedly took place two weeks after he escaped death.
Two men, Andy Barry (31), originally from Tallaght, and Lithuanian national ZilvinasVarnauskas, also 31, were killed when gunmen opened fire with a handgun and a shotgun after they rang the doorbell of the house at Rochford Avenue, Kilcock, and walked in.
Kelmelis was in the house at the time of the attack on March 6 and was shot in the leg.
(Source: Evening Herald)

A cannabis cultivation operation discovered in Co Kilkenny contained plants and harvested crops with an estimated street value of some €3 million.
Garda sources said it was being run “on an industrial scale” and was one of the biggest growing operations ever found in the Republic.
The haul was discovered in rented industrial units at Kildalton in the village of Piltown, Co Kilkenny, following an intelligence-led operation involving the Garda National Drugs Unit and local gardaí (police) from Kilkenny and Waterford.
(Source: Irish Times)