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“It was a close call,” John said.

A Dutch man who is a frequent visitor to Donegal and his father were travelling to catch a flight at Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn on Friday morning, when they saw the fire behind John’s house and raised the alarm. The man had also tried unsuccessfully to raise any occupants in the house.

(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A Chinese woman allegedly trafficked into NI for sexual exploitation may have been moved between 10 countries, the High Court has heard.

She claimed to have been kidnapped in Turkey after going there in search of work, and then taken on to Spain.

A judge was told she could have been in other countries before arriving in Belfast on a flight from Barcelona.

Details emerged as bail was refused to a man charged with trafficking her into the UK.

Bin Wang, 26, with an address at Drogheda in the Irish Republic, denies the allegation and claims to have been unwittingly used by others.

The court was told that the alleged victim was stopped at Belfast International Airport on 20 April because she was using a false passport.

A prosecution lawyer said she told immigration staff that she was being trafficked and was to meet a man.

She was taken to an emergency housing center but left a day later.

A social worker and an owner of the center found her by the side of a road near Antrim.

They refused to let the woman go with a Chinese man who pulled up in a car, claiming she was a friend of his.
(Source: BBC News)


The mother who abandoned her newborn baby in a Dublin guesthouse has now vowed to raise the child in Ireland.

The German woman told gardai (police) she wants to keep the child, having met him three times.

She had left baby Luke lying on a bed at the Glen Guesthouse on Lower Gardiner Street before she got a taxi to the airport and flew to Germany.

The child was taken into care after being discovered by staff at the guesthouse.

The woman, a student in her 20s at UCD, was joined on her visits to her son by her parents who have now returned home to Frankfurt.

It is understood she now hopes to complete her studies and ask a family court if she can be reunited with her child, who is only a few weeks old.
(Source: The Evening Herald)


Access to a slipway, moorings and car park used by fishermen near Belleek has been closed by a farmer.

The facility near Castle Caldwell, Lower Lough Erne, was publicly funded but the lease for the land has expired.

Fishermen only became aware of the situation when hay bales blocked the road leading to the site.

A landowner has reported concerns to the Department of Cultural Arts and Leisure (DCAL) about the behavior of some people using the facility.

It is understood some fishermen have blocked access to his land by parking their cars in the narrow lane leading to the car park.

On one occasion a fisherman is said to have beeped his car horn as the farmer was herding cattle between his fields, startling the animals.

Another landowner said he was concerned about public liability insurance and that he would be held responsible if there was an accident.
(Source: BBC News)


A leading Tuam businessman is to remove a trailer advertising his electrical business from his own property on the Milltown Road following an action taken by Galway Co Council.

Judge Geoffrey Browne asked “when is he going to move it?” after hearing a detailed and protracted defense centered on the enforcement process engaged in by Galway Co Council, dating back three years.

“He had nowhere to put it,” pleaded defense solicitor Sean Acton, adding “what can he do, scrap it?” The Judge gave until July 24 for the offending trailer to be removed from the site.
(Source: Tuam Herald)


Police in Australia are investigating the circumstances of the death of a young Irish woman who was found dead in an apartment.

Catriona Norveil (22) had been living in Sydney since February, when she emigrated to Australia in search of work.

Her heartbroken mother Chris learned the news last Sunday night when Dingle gardai (police) called to the family home near Ventry, Co Kerry, after being contacted by police in Sydney.

The family are now awaiting the return of Catriona's remains and are being offered assistance by the Irish Embassy in Australia.

Police are still probing the cause of her death.
(Source: Irish Independent)


A plan to turn a former Newbridge pub into a gaming facility has been rejected by council planners, to the relief of Mayor of Kildare and Newbridge councillor Micheal Nolan who says he believes gambling outlets “cause a great deal of suffering”.

Cllr Nolan had objected to the plan by developers, Coalquay Leisure Ltd (a Cork-based company) to transform the former Arch Bar on Main Street - used in more recent years as a betting office - into an internet cafe and gaming machine outlet.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)