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The mayor of Antrim has led the outpouring of sympathy, which followed the tragic death of a one-year-old child in a road traffic accident last Monday morning.

The child died following a one vehicle collision on the Dublin Road between the Old Stone Hill and Dungovel Road junction at around 9:50 a.m.

A second young child and two adult females were also taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


Newry City Center is set to undergo a major facelift with a $485,000 revitalization scheme for the newly-completed Newry Public Realm Areas in Hill and Monaghan Streets.

Newry City Center Management, in conjunction with Newry and Mourne District Council and local traders, two weeks ago announced their success in making a funding application to the Department of Social Development for the scheme, which is part of a three-year investment proposed through the city’s master-plan, launched by DSD and Newry and Mourne District Council last year.

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland spoke about the further injection of funding during a recent visit to Newry to launch the completed Public Realm Scheme in Monaghan and Hill Streets.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


A local man appeared before a special sitting of Carlow District Court on Thursday evening, September 20 charged in connection with a late-night shooting incident in the town two days earlier.

James “Scatter” Doyle of Staplestown Road, Carlow was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition for an unlawful purpose at Mill Race, Burrin Road, Carlow on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Mr. Doyle, aged in his 40s, was remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear before Cloverhill District Court again last Tuesday.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


A team of the Army Bomb Disposal squad were last Wednesday evening called to a Cavan Town school to make safe a quantity of lab chemical that was suspected of having become "unstable.”

The bomb disposal team, attached to the Defence Forces in Custume Barracks, Athlone arrived to St. Patrick's College at about 6:45 p.m. after a call from Gardaí (police). They removed the lab chemical, known as 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH, Brady's reagent) to a safe location before carrying out a controlled explosion – and the area was declared safe shortly before 8 p.m.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


Ennis will be, quite literally, put on the “app” next month. The county capital is set to become one of the first towns in Ireland to have its very own mobile application as part of moves by Promote Ennis to boost tourism and business.

Promote Ennis chairman and president of Ennis Chamber, Brian O’Neill, revealed, “The app is currently being worked on by local company Acton BV and it will operate as a multi-functional shopping and visitor directory. We are trying to give people something useful and it will be launched in November. This will be for the benefit of the town and will help improve the visibility of the town.”
 [Source: Clare Champion]


"It's a very worrying situation."

That's how campaigns and communications manager of Cork Simon Community Paul Sheehan has described the significant increase in numbers sleeping rough in Cork. A new report released by the Simon Community shows that by the end of May 2012, numbers had exceeded the number of people recorded as sleeping rough in all of 2010 with a peak of 54 people in August 2012.

"One of the last effects of the recession is homelessness," said Mr. Sheehan. "The worst position a person can find themselves in is to be homeless which is why we are only experiencing this increase now rather than one the recession first hit. It's coming to a head now and people are finding it more difficult to afford housing."
[Source: Cork Independent]


A court has heard claims that Marian Price “cannot effectively participate in any legal proceedings” as a result of her illness.

The claim was made by defence solicitor Peter Corrigan at Derry Magistrates Court in her absence.

Price, who appeared on court papers as Marian McGlinchey, of no fixed abode, had been due to appear in court last Thursday for a preliminary inquiry. She had been accused of aiding and abetting addressing a meeting in support of the I.R.A.

However, a letter was provided to the court to state she was unable to attend.
[Source: Derry Journal]


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Pádraig MacLochlainn, has described as “outrageous” a directive from the Garda (Police) Commissioner, Martin Callinan to Gardaí that they should not attempt to use influence concerning closures or perceived closures of stations.