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The child involved is a pupil at St Patrick's primary school in Legamaddy, near Downpatrick.

There have already been two cases of meningococcal infection in Our Lady and St Patrick primary school in Downpatrick.

A child has meningitis and a second pupil is being treated as another "probable case" of the infection.
The Public Health Agency is working closely with both schools to investigate the cases.
[Source: BBC News]


A former FAS worker with St Vincent de Paul told a judge she had put on an extra five stone in weight since suffering a lower back injury in one of the charity's shops.

"I was just 12-and-a-half stone when the accident happened and I'm now over 17 stone. My body is very embarrassing," Sabrina Mulreany, of Braithwaite Street, Pimlico, Dublin, said in the Circuit Civil Court.

She said she was in constant pain and had to give up many of her original activities.

Mulreany, who told barrister Shane English she tripped over a plastic baby walker in Vincent's Charity Shop in Clondalkin, Dublin, in February 2008, lost a €38,000 damages claim for personal injuries against the charity and FAS.

She claimed the baby walker had been concealed beneath a rail of coats in the charity shop where she had been placed as a community worker by the national training and employment authority.
 [Source: Evening Herald]


A grief-stricken father spoke of “a daughter with a heart of gold” as he tried to come to terms with her death in a house in Irvinestown on June 24.

Police were called to the house on Sunday night last just after 10:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a woman’s body having been found.

Helena Kearns (37), a mother of three, was a native of Derrylin. She was epileptic.

An inquest into her death was held last Monday morning. Her father, John said he had been informed by the Coroner’s Office that his daughter had died from a head injury as a result of a fall.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


Behind the scenes efforts to retain Clr. Hildegarde Naughton as the Mayor of Galway for the duration of the Volvo Ocean Race finale are understood to have been made by city businesses.

However, these attempts failed to come to anything as Clr. Terry O’Flaherty was elected unopposed as the new Mayor of Galway last Monday evening.

But, when contacted, the new Mayor said that she was aware of efforts to prevent her being elected the city’s first citizen but didn’t want to comment any further on the matter.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


The Kerry Deer Society, which helped bring Ireland’s oldest native herd of red deer back from the brink of extinction, has warned that numbers have dropped again and said a ban on licensed shooting of Kerry red hinds needed to be put in place “quickly.”

While Kerry red stags, prized by poachers for their magnificent 16-point antlers, may never be legally shot, the female of the species has long been on the open season list in Kerry.
[Source: Irish Times]


Kildare South TD Jack Wall won’t be able to vote for himself in the next election following the changes in the general election constituency boundaries.

The changes will see Monasterevin, Kildangan, Ballybracken, Harristown, Kilberry and Churchtown move from Kildare South to the new three-seat Laois constituency.

While people in these areas may dislike having to discard their Lilywhite voting card in favor of the blue of Laois the changes will have a particularly significant impact on Deputy Wall as he explained to the Kildare Nationalist.
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


Insulation in every council house and a wireless city – just two of the things that new Mayor Sean O’ hArgain hopes to champion during his term of office.

It was the overview of Mayor O’ hArgain’s aims that prompted Cathaoirleach Paul Cuddihy to jokingly remind him that he had “12 months, and not five years” to achieve it.

Mayor O’ hArgain said he wished to build on the work of the late Joe Cody, who he said promised and delivered on the demand for central heating in every local authority house in Kilkenny.
[Source: Kilkenny People}


Councilors have adopted a new bye law that gives Laois County Council the right to seize stray horses, impound them and if unclaimed, dispose of or destroy them, with all costs to be borne by the owner.

If the owner is not found, the council can claim back its costs from the state. However, the council must have the permission of landowner before it can take any action.

The law was agreed despite protests from Clr. Padraig Fleming, who did not want to give the council the power to dispose of horses found straying twice within 12 months.
[Source: Leinster Express]