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In front of a large and amused crowd of spectators, the two bare-chested grapplers put each other through a series of moves, holds and throws, before a “referee” declares a winner.

YouTube viewers have made scores of comments in reference to the Derry wrestlers, describing the action as “freaking hilarious and awesome,” “hilarious” and “quality entertainment.”
 [Source: Derry Journal]


Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, who signaled that he might meet the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee tour - will have an opportunity to do just that this month.

The Queen will make a two-day visit to Northern Ireland in June as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK, Buckingham Palace announced last Thursday.

A handshake between the Deputy First Minister - and former IRA commander - and the Queen would be a hugely symbolic gesture and comes after her historic visit to the Republic of Ireland last year.
 [Source: Belfast Telegraph]


The cost of repairing ageing garda (police) cars is to hit nearly $25m over a two-year period, the Herald can reveal. Between the beginning of last year and the end of this year, more than $23m will have been spent on fixing up the vehicles.

The news follows recent revelations that only 25% of squad cars taken out of service this year will be replaced.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he had been advised by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan that $14,229,883 was spent on repairs in 2011 and $4,711,136 to date this year.

With six months of the year left, it is expected a further $5m will have been allocated by the end of 2012.

Mr. Shatter told Dublin North East TD Tommy Broughan the cost covers the provision of spare parts, new tires and towing services.
 [Source: Evening Herald]


A police helicopter was used in a search for men who ran off after the car they were travelling in crashed near Boa Island last Wednesday night.

At about 10 p.m., police were in the area of Boa Island Road when they spotted the driver of a blue Vauxhall Vectra talking on his mobile phone.

Police signaled for the car to stop but instead of stopping for officers the car made off at speed out of sight of officers, with the officers giving chase.

A few minutes later police came across the car crashed on a left hand bend, and the four men who were in the car ran off from it across fields.

Three individuals were arrested by police on foot but when the fourth suspect evaded officers police called for assistance and as the police helicopter was available it was scrambled to the scene.

Upon its arrival the police helicopter used thermal imaging equipment to detect the fourth man and he was arrested at about 11 p.m.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Discussions with the European Commission to provide a funding mechanism for the 57 km. Gort to Tuam motorway are at a “critical stage” and the project could be given the green light in the coming weeks.

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin said he is keeping hopes high that $214m in funding can be leveraged from the European Structural Fund and European Investment Bank for the motorway, which would create around 2,500 jobs.

If the $214m funding – which has been approved in principle by the Investment Bank – can be secured, it’s understood road-building consortium BAM Balfour Beatty would then be in a position to find private investors.

Galway East Labour TD Colm Keaveney told the Connacht Tribune that the project is topping the list of capital-ready projects in this country at the moment.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The mother of an underage Killarney footballer says that constant racist remarks on the field of play are pushing her autistic son to the point of suicide.

Ann Marcus told The Kerryman how 13-year-old Dion, who is of Irish and Egyptian descent, was even racially abused by an adult associated with an opposing team. She says she has kept quiet on the issue until an incident two weeks ago following which she drove to Killarney Garda Station to make a formal complaint.

"We've had a lot of incidents of racism from opposition players and I've reported those to the clubs but this is the first time it has involved an adult," she states.
 [Source: The Kerryman]


Parents terrified by the prospect of a serious accident outside a Newbridge primary school are organizing a meeting this week in a bid to force the council to put a pedestrian crossing in place.

Currently, there is no crossing directly outside St Patrick’s School at Morristown, despite constant requests from parents, the school management and local residents that some action be taken.

Moreover, the nearest pedestrian crossing at the Morristown Road junction is currently viewed as grossly inadequate because of a lack of filter arrows. This is despite the fact that, in addition to pupils attending St Patrick’s, that junction also serves neighboring Scoil Mhuire.
 [Source: Kildare Nationalist]