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Detectives leading the investigation into the sudden death of a disabled resident in a Randalstown nursing home are still treating it as murder, the Antrim Guardian can reveal.

The probe into the death of former Muckamore Abbey patient Seamus McCollum has been blighted by delays from day one.

The alarm was raised initially in September 2011 when paramedics were called to Maine Private Nursing Home after the 56-year-old was found unresponsive.

At the outset, Mr. McCollum's passing, while sudden, was not considered suspicious. Indeed, it was six months until the P.S.N.I. returned to the premises on the Ahoghill Road.

Investigators revealed that they were spurred into action following the completion of detailed pathologist reports, which expressed “concerns.” It is understood that these largely centered on the cause of marks found on the deceased's neck.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


A further spate of indiscriminate dumping of the toxic waste from illegal fuel laundering has once again blighted the south Armagh countryside, with at least six incidents occurring throughout the area two weeks ago.

Angry residents, exasperated by a perceived lack of progress by any involved agencies in bringing this practice to an end, have voiced their fury to The Examiner about what some describe as a “hopeless situation, with more and more dumping happening every week.”

The latest finds have prompted calls from landowners and local people living in the affected areas for improved government initiatives to be set up, public meetings involving all agencies and governing bodies to be held, as well as more involvement from M.L.A.’s and M.P.’s, the P.S.N.I. and Customs and Excise in searching for plausible solutions to the epidemic.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]


He descended on Carlow in a blaze of fake tan, tweets and dulcet Geordie tones.

James Tindale, the star of MTV’s Geordie Shore, who classes himself as “a professional poser,” definitely didn’t disappoint Wednesday, September 26 when he made a guest appearance in Scraggs Alley and The Foundry as part of an I.T. Carlow student night.

The Geordie stud was the quintessential nice guy and incredibly patient as he posed for hundreds of snaps with eager fans.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


Almost 12 percent of the population in County Cavan are non-Irish nationals, according to the latest analysis of Census 2011.

The Central Statistics Office released the figures today, showing that 8,409 (or 11.6 percent) non-Irish nationals were living in the county at the time of the Census last year.

This is largely in line with the national average of 12 percent.

Of the non-Irish nationals residing in Co. Cavan, 2,118 were U.K. nationals (the largest non-Irish nationality in the county), followed by Polish nationals with 1,889 persons.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]


A multi-agency approach is needed in Clare to tackle the scourge of heroin abuse. The proposal comes against the background of complaints that the illicit substance is readily available in Ennis and surrounding areas.

Clare Gardaí (police) has confirmed there is an increase in the use and availability of heroin on the streets in the county, in line with national and regional trends.
 [Source: Clare Champion]


Third time was a charm for Bishopstown man Francis Hynes, who was spotted by millions enjoying a spot of golf in his Cork jersey Friday, September 28 at the Ryder Cup. Francis, who was over in Chicago for the week playing golf, made a chance television appearance when he managed to get to the front of the crowd at day one of proceedings at Medinah, much to the amusement of thousands who were watching at home in Ireland.

“I had been at a couple of the practice days with my father,” says Francis, “but that particular day I was on my own, I didn’t even think about it to be honest with you. I was walking along and a guy with a camera asked if he could get a photo of me and I thought that was it. I also saw three Kerry jerseys and there was a Mayo and a Wexford jersey there as well so it didn’t even cross my mind that people at home would see it.”

This was Francis’s third Ryder Cup and so far luck is on his side as Europe have won the contest each time he has gone, although heading in to Sunday, a win seemed almost impossible.
[Source: Cork Independent]


The North’s economic recovery will be damaged if significant upcoming anniversaries are blighted by violence, Martin McGuinness has warned.

The Deputy First Minister said negative headlines about the region would hit the prospects of foreign direct investment.

Mr. McGuinness also told the assembly that work on the long-awaited and, at times, controversial Cohesion, Sharing and Integration (C.S.I.) Strategy was nearing completion.