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The site itself is an abandoned piece of land, away from the nearest main road and about half a mile from the nearest residence
(Source: Irish Examiner)

Two residents at a nursing home in Co Roscommon have died as a result of an influenza outbreak.
The residents, at Drumderrig Nursing Home in Boyle, had contracted the A H3 strain of the flu virus, along with 40 others at the home.
It was the same strain that was responsible for the deaths of seven residents at Nazareth House nursing home near Buncrana, Co Donegal, earlier this year.
(Source: Irish Times)

Westlife star Shane Filan might be the man with the golden voice but when it comes to property development he does not have the Midas touch.
Last week, the property development career of the Flying Without Wings singer hit a low with the appointment of receivers from KPMG to the building company he set up alongside his brother Finbarr in 2004.
The company, Shafin Developments, has been taken into receivership with bank debts of €5.5m. Ulster Bank appointed Galway-based accountant Patrick Horkan to take control of the company in recent days.
He has taken over assets including four residential properties and a partly developed site at Dromahair, in Co Leitrim, as well as a share of a site in Carraroe, Co Sligo.
(Source: Irish Independent)

A school at the center of a storm over its refusal to enroll a pregnant girl is refusing to apologize.
St Joseph's College in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary stands by its policy that it will not be "a haven for young pregnant people or for young mothers".
The school declined to comment on the controversy or offer an apology to the young woman whom they turned away twice after separate applications to enroll there.
(Source: Evening Herald)

A Co Tyrone mobile building company has won a deal worth around $2m with a major pharmaceutical company.
The McAvoy Group has hired out a 2,000 sqm two-storey building to Amgen's headquarters in Dun Laoghaire.
Amgen recently announced it would be creating 100 new jobs at the plant.
(Source: Belfast Telegraph)

De La Salle College was plunged into crisis last week after it emerged that the school’s board of management is in the process of being dissolved and a manager appointed, following reports of a massive $800,000 debt.
With the operation of the school now running “at a serious deficit” a loan has been drawn down and the lenders and guarantors of that loan have imposed a range of conditions which affect the operation of the school.
(Source: Waterford News & Star)

Jobs, jobs, jobs. That was the recurring theme from a quick survey on Athlone streets last Tuesday to see what the public makes of the news of planning approval for the massive Chinatown development, earmarked for the Creggan area of Athlone.
Of those who spoke to the Westmeath Independent on the day, almost all were positive and new employment was the main reason. A number of people who didn't wish to be named expressed their reservations about the size of the development and whether it will actually ever materialize, while quite a number of others explained that they didn't know much about the massive international trading hub development.
(Source: Westmeath Independent)

A motorist who had consumed 25 drinks before he knocked down and killed a young woman has been jailed for five years.
Paddy Cash (25) pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death of Kelly Gregan (20) in Gorey, Co Wexford, on October 24, 2010.
Cash had consumed six or seven pints of Guinness, 10 bottles of Guinness, and eight drinks of Aftershocks, Vodka, and Guinness over a five-hour period.
(Source: Irish Independent)

A pediatrician has told the trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-fiancée’s baby that injuries on the child were consistent with abusive head trauma.
Philip Doyle (aged 34) of Tinakilly, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering three-and-a-half-month-old Ross Murphy at 3 Creagh Demesne, Gorey, Co. Wexford on April 5, 2005.
The court has heard the baby was initially taken to Wexford General Hospital on March 31, 2005 because he was "lifeless" and getting sick on the bed.
(Source: Irish Examiner)