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Antrim Hospital is fighting for its very survival and, according to a secret internal trust paper, the outlook may be grim. The hospital, which opened only 18 years ago, may now be facing the wrecking ball to make way for a new super facility in Ballymena.

“The location of Antrim Area Hospital is not the most centrally located position to serve the whole of the Trust area and a new location would better meet the needs of the area in a more equitable way."
(Source: Antrim Guardian)


The father of Recep Cetin, the Turkish man accused of killing two Co. Down women on holiday last August, has been charged with their murder.

Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore were brutally murdered 60 miles from their holiday apartment in Kusadasi sending shockwaves throughout Newry and Mourne. The lawyer for the Graham and Dinsmore families traveled to Newry to update them on the new development in the case.

Eyup Cetin will remain in custody until a hearing on June 20th.
(Source: Examiner Newspaper)


A foreign national was charged with cultivation of drugs, unlawful possession and possession of drugs for sale or supply following the discovery of over a quarter of a million dollars worth of cannabis plants in Old Leighlin.

Marcin Stesanski was arrested and charged after the seizure of over 300 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of over $300,000, were found in various stages of growth at his home.

Mr. Stesanski was brought before a special sitting of Carlow District Court where bail was set. The defendant was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison.
(Source: Carlow Nationalist)


The actions of firemen in Kingcourt have been hailed as "exceptional" in preventing loss of life or injury in the dramatic wake of an armed bank robbery on the Bank of Ireland branch in the town earlier in May. The traumatic events have also resulted in renewed calls for a patrol car to be put back in the east Cavan town immediately.

The robbers were in the bank for less than two minutes and pointed what were believed to be handguns at the staff as they demanded the cash. As they raced out of the bank with a substantial haul, they threw a device into a white van and it immediately went up in flames, spreading to three other vehicles.
(Source: Anglo Celt)


A “significant” drop in staffing levels in local authorities in Clare means “it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide and maintain a service” according to Councilor Richard Nagle. He is now calling on Government to consider removing the embargo on employment of public sector staff, particularly with regard to outdoor staff in the road and water services sectors.

The number of people working for Clare County Council has dropped by more than 13% in the last five years.

“With the embargo in place it has not been possible to replace any of the staff who have retired,” said Nagle. “Combined with that is a decrease in funding for maintenance, so the amount of money available for [maintaining] of roads has decreased. As roads deteriorate there are more repairs required.”
(Source: Clare Champion)


Public health doctors in the HSE South are urging parents to ensure their children are protected against measles following a recent outbreak of the disease in West Cork.

The outbreak is predominantly affecting teenagers and, in the last four weeks, 25 measles cases have been reported. The majority of notified cases have been in the 12-18 years age group with the oldest case reported being 18 years of age. No deaths have occurred and none of the teenagers were vaccinated.
(Source: Cork Independent)


British soldiers acted lawfully when they shot dead an IRA man in Derry nearly 40 years ago, a report has found.

The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) looked into the death of Seamus Bradley (19) who was shot four times in the Creggan area of the city during Operation Motorman in July 1972.

According to the report, if the soldiers were telling the truth about the shooting, they had operated within army rules and the law. Despite this revelation, the British government has not offered an official comment on the situation.
(Source: Derry Journal)


A young Donegal man, who emerged as one of the top talents in the recent Opportunity Knocks competition in Donegal Town, recently won the national online singer/songwriter competition.

Deane Conaghan from Mountcharles attracted high praise from all the judges when he competed in the successful Central Hotel’s recent competition and was tipped as “one to watch.” In addition to the honor of being awarded Ireland’s best songwriter, Conaghan will also receive over $12,000 in prize money.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)


A 22-year-old Northern Ireland woman has been questioned after a bag containing an axe and a sword was seized at Belfast International Airport.