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The circular forbade Gardaí from communicating (directly or through someone else) with any public representative in order to lobby or influence the decision of the commissioner, Deputy MacLochlainn said.

He was speaking in support of a High Court challenge to the directive by the Garda Representative Association (G.R.A.).

The Donegal North East Deputy stated: “This directive is outrageous. It is an attempt to silence rank-and-file Gardaí from giving their testimonies on the impact of government cutbacks. In a democracy, it is the role of the opposition to hold the government to account and this attempt by the Garda Commissioner to deny us the ability to communicate with front-line Gardaí about cutbacks is an affront to democracy.”
[Source: Donegal Democrat]


A Bangor man has spoken of his shock after a staff member at North Down council asked him to effectively police dog foulers in Ward Park.

The resident, who regularly visits the local park, contacted the council to complain about the quantity of dog dirt found across the park grass, which is used daily by local dog-walkers, football and cricket teams and families.

He said he was shocked when he was told to confront the dog owners and to request their names and addresses. The local ratepayer said he was further surprised, when he said he would not be prepared to do that, he was told to surreptitiously photograph the drivers' cars in order to get their registration numbers.
[Source: Belfast Telegraph]


A Real I.R.A. spying operation at a Dublin hotel was busted by Gardaí (police) last Thursday.

High-tech surveillance cameras were trained on the Garda Headquarters in the capital, the Herald can reveal.

Two men, aged 32 and 41, were then followed by Gardaí and later arrested on nearby Grafton Street.

It is believed the suspects were spying on senior anti-terrorism detectives based at Harcourt Street.
[Source: Evening Herald]


A man who had been reported missing in Co. Fermanagh last Tuesday night has been found dead near his farmhouse home.

Shortly after midnight on Tuesday a man living at Upper Tully, Kinawley, reported to police that he had not seen an elderly neighbor for several days and he was concerned for his whereabouts.

Police searched the area during darkness for the 89-year-old, and were assisted by the fire service, using thermal imaging equipment. Nothing was found overnight and on Wednesday morning a police helicopter was brought in.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]


A mother-and-son duo of kick-boxers from County Galway won medals at the World Kickboxing Championship in the United States last week.

Gina Casey and her 14-year-old son Cathal from Gort scooped bronze medals at the World Kickboxing Association’s World Championship finals in Orlando, Florida on Monday.

Gina, a special-needs assistant at Gort Community School, and Cathal, a second-year pupil at the South Galway Secondary School, both won medals for Ireland competing in the “Light Contact Sparring” category.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]


Concern has been expressed about the closure Tuesday, September 25 of the last remaining ward in St. Finan’s Hospital in Killarney, a 19th-century psychiatric facility that once housed 1,000 patients.

The last seven residential patients were transferred to a separate unit on the hospital grounds to await a more modern facility.

The move from the Victorian-era building was welcomed by the Psychiatric Nurses’ Association. However, the union strongly criticized the lack of infrastructure for mental healthcare in Kerry.
[Source: Irish Times]


Athy town councilor Aoife Breslin has been called on to resign her position on a local school’s board of management Athy resident who represents a right-wing Catholic group called Catholics United for the Faith.

Mr. Anthony Murphy, who along with this wife Kim, publishes The Catholic Voice newspaper, said Clr. Breslin, who is a member of the board of management at Scoil Phadraig Naofa, should “consider her position and conclude that the only honorable thing to do is to step down from her position.”

He claimed her expressed views that gay people should be allowed to marry were “in conflict with the ethos of the school.”
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]


A father and daughter have been remanded in custody in relation to the discovery of $1.9 million worth of cocaine and cannabis and $510,000 of cannabis, respectively, at two addresses in Kilkenny city.

Leo Hayden (50) of Assumption Place, Kilkenny, (opposite Nowlan Park G.A.A. grounds) was charged on Saturday, September 22 with possession of $1.9 million worth of cocaine and cannabis, for sale or supply, after he was arrested on Thursday night. The offense is alleged to have occurred at Mill Road, Gowran.