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The owners of a wallaby on the run in Co. Tyrone have appealed for public help in tracking down the errant marsupial.

The two-year-old male has been at large for 14 days after burrowing out of its enclosure at Moy and was last seen in a field at Brantry, near Eglish.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


Smashed glass, doors kicked in and litter strewn all over front gardens of the once pristine but now vacant houses at New Street, in the heart of the city, prompted the City Council to take action in recent days.

Though still in private ownership the City Council moved to board up five of the seven houses in a bid to prevent squatting and anti-social behavior.

Among the properties now boarded up is the house on the site where Edmund Rice opened his very first school.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


At last Tuesday evening's Athlone Town Council meeting Fianna Fáil's Cllr. Aengus O'Rourke called on the council to examine measures to tackle the problem of raw sewage entering the River Shannon in the town, particularly where the raw sewage can be clearly and freely observed by the public.

He raised the issue at the June meeting after witnessing raw sewage floating on top of the river near AIB in Custume Place, just a short distance away from the town council's marina.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


On December 2, 2011, Antoinette Baker, daughter of Anthony “Tony” Baker who is believed to have died in Africa in April, received a phone call from a member of Enniscorthy Gardai (police).

She was informed that the Director of Public Prosecutions was prepared to take a case against her father, who had at this stage left the country, for up to seven counts of sexual abuse on her between the age of six and twelve.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Wicklow footballer James Stafford has disassociated himself from a Twitter parody account.
Last Monday a Twitter account purporting to belong to the midfielder (@RealStafford) tweeted GAA analyst Colm Parkinson for critical remarks he made about Stafford on The Sunday Game.

Stafford has moved to publicly disassociate himself from the account and has admitted that he may call the gardaí (police) to put a stop to it as it's not the first time the account has caused him distress.
[Source: Wicklow People]