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Mr. Justice John MacMenamin indicated last Monday he was aiming for a hearing in January 2013. The appeal could take up to 10 days, he was told.

[Source: Irish Times]

Thurles is to get a state-of-the-art primary care center under a stimulus package announced by the Government last Tuesday afternoon. The announcement by Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny, Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) Eamon Gilmore, and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform,Brendan Howlin, was welcomed by Junior Minister Alan Kelly, and Deputy Noel Coonan.

Deputy Kelly described it as a “major investment” by the government in this area. He had been working with Junior Health Minister Roisin Shortall on the initiative and was delighted that Thurles had been chosen as a center.

[Source: Tipperary Star]

The publication of photographs of the body of murdered honeymooner Michaela McAreavey by a Mauritian newspaper has sparked revulsion and disgust across the Co. Tyrone community.

Just days after the two men accused of murdering Mrs. McAreavey were found not guilty amid scenes of jubilation in the public gallery, the grief of the McAreavey and Harte families has been further compounded by the publication of a series of pictures taken in the hotel room where she died.

[Source: Tyrone Courier]

Two doctors, a father and son who hail from Waterford, narrowly avoided death in the catastrophic avalanche in the Alps that claimed the lives of nine experienced climbers on Thursday last.

Paul MacMahon, a pediatrician in Waterford Regional Hospital, and his son Peter, a radiologist in the Mater Hospital, Dublin were on Mount Maudit in the Alps, which is also known as the Cursed Mountain, when the huge avalanche struck at 5:25 a.m.

The two from Blenheim Heights, the only doctors on the climb, treated the 14 people who had been injured in what was later called one of the worst mountaineering accidents in the Alps.

[Source: Waterford News & Star]

It was heart-warming, and indeed a proud occasion last Monday to see Moate man Paddy Kelly honored with a top military award after he gave his life in the name of peace and in the service of his country almost 29 years ago.

Pt. Paddy Kelly was killed along alongside Garda (police) recruit Gary Sheehan on December 16, 1983, while involved in the rescue of supermarket boss Don Tidey, who was being held by the Provisional IRA in Derrada Woods, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.

Last Monday he was posthumously presented with a Military Star award by Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter at a ceremony in Kelly Square, which was named in his honor, in Custume Barracks.

[Source: Westmeath Independent]

Nicola Furlong’s father Andrew was waiting for confirmation last week as to whether he can attend the first court appearance of the man who is accused of killing his daughter.

Nineteen-year-old Richard Hinds is charged with strangling Ms. Furlong (21) in a Tokyo hotel in May.
Mr. Furlong plans to travel with his ex-wife Angie and sister Andrea for the preliminary hearing on July 26 and 27 where they would come face to face with her killer.

[Source: Wexford Echo]

Raves are regularly taking place on the outskirts of the capital, it has emerged. The illegal parties in remote rural and wooded areas in Wicklow have become commonplace despite efforts by Gardaí (police) to stop them.

The raves have been held in areas such as Devil's Glen and Mahermore Beach since 2001 and there have been several already this summer according to one organizer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

[Source: Evening Herald]