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Reinstated Crumlin Integrated College principal Dr. Annabel Scott must be given a chance to show she has improved her performance, the North Eastern Education and Library Board has said.

In a statement released by Chief Executive Shane McCurdy to the Antrim Guardian last Wednesday, he said the Board of Governors at the school were “required by procedure” to provide Dr. Scott with training and support during her two-and-a-half-year suspension.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Staff and pupils at St. Joseph’s High School in Crossmaglen are celebrating after the school was placed in the top 10 non-grammar schools where pupils achieved the best GCSE results.

St. Joseph’s came a very impressive sixth place in the Irish News poll of schools with the highest percentage of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

The results are based on the 2010/2011 school year when St. Joseph’s enjoyed its best ever results with 88% achieving at least five top grades.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A bride-to-be was tragically killed in a two-car collision as she traveled home from work, just weeks before her wedding.

May Kelly from Oak Tree Heights, Castlebridge, Wexford was a student psychiatric nurse who worked in St. Dymphna’s Hospital on the Old Dublin Road, Carlow.

On June 14, Ms. Kelly, aged in her early thirties, was driving from Carlow along the N80 when the accident happened at Leagh, Rathoe, between Glynn’s Garage and Carlow town.

The weather was particularly bad on the day in question and roads were very wet in the area. Gardaí (police) believe the slippery road conditions led to the fatal accident, which claimed the life of the promising young nurse.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


West Cavan will be amalgamated into neighboring Leitrim-Sligo, while Cavan-Monaghan would lose a TD, if the recommendations of a report published by the Constituency Commission are approved.

These are just some of a host of proposed changes at a nationally, contained within the report submitted to the Dáil (Irish Parliament) June 21. Aside from the boundary changes, the net result would see a reduction in the number of TDs in the Dáil reduced by eight from 166 to 158.
{Source: The Anglo Celt]


Ryanair will treble its passenger numbers into Shannon Airport to one million annually under a proposed new deal that it claims would deliver 1,000 jobs.

The low fares’ airline has claimed its ambitious plan would generate an overall expenditure of $565 million in the Shannon region, based on ACI projections that 300,000 tourists generate a corresponding spend of $188 million and 2,500 tourist jobs.

The sting in the tail is the carrier wants a free deal on the 635,000 extra passengers it brings into Shannon.

It insists this deal has to be made available to other carriers who are prepared to bring in the same numbers to Shannon on an annual basis.

Speaking to The Clare Champion, Ryanair chief operating officer, Michael Cawley, estimated Shannon could get $11 or $12 per passenger from ancillary revenue, such as car parking and goods sold in shops, making a net profit of $6 per passenger without any extra cost.
[Source: Clare Champion]


The Cork Academy of Music set up 18 years ago by Bob Seward has finally found a permanent home with the financial backing of Cork City Council. Lord Mayor Clr. Terry Shannon did the honors at the official launch of The Music House, a new music resource center based in the North Monastery Technical School.

Speaking at the launch Clr. Shannon praised the new venue that is based in the steep and hallowed grounds of the North Mon which is steeped in education and music.
[Source: Cork Independent]


A 30-year-old man accused of breaking a man’s jaw with a pool cue handed himself into police after his photo was published in the local media, a court has heard.

Sean Farrelly, of Cuthbert Street, Waterside is charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in the Ritz Bar, Spencer Road on January 30, last year.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Investigating gardaí (police) have made two arrests as part of the investigation into the murder of Seamus Doherty.

A male aged in his 40s was arrested last Wednesday evening and a female in her 50s was arrested last Thursday morning. They are both detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Letterkenny Garda Station.

At approximately 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 17, gardaí and emergency services were called to a house at Drumacnoo near the village of Churchill where the body of 67-year-old Seamus Doherty was discovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene and removed to Letterkenny Hospital.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]