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The centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant two weekends ago passed off without disorder in the midst of a major security operation. It followed a summer when violence did flare over parading issues in north Belfast.

The next 10 years will see a number of potentially sensitive anniversaries, including the 1916 Easter Rising and Battle of the Somme.
[Source: Derry Journal]

DONEGAL

A Donegal coroner has criticised the online culture of websites that detail alarming information on self-harm and suicide methods, saying “we can no longer bury our heads in the sand” on the issue.

Coroner John Cannon made his remarks at Letterkenny Coroners Court, which heard the inquests of three deaths by suicide that occurred just weeks apart last December and January.

He said he has researched this topic recently and his findings made him “so angry” such information was available and, in some cases, was goading people to harm themselves or die by suicide. He called for such material to be controlled.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

A gang who locked in two men at the back of a bar in Newry, County Down, and then set the pub on fire could have caused their deaths, it has been claimed.

It is believed four men burst into McCoy's Bar on Kilmorey Street at about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday last and tied up two members of staff in the backyard.

They sprinkled petrol in the pub and set it alight, leaving the men trapped.

Firefighters heard the men shouting for help and used a ladder to rescue them.
[Source: BBC News]

DUBLIN

A taxi driver, who starred in the TV3 reality series Tallafornia, has been convicted and fined $3,250 for having green diesel in his BMW car.

Cormac Brannigan (30), known as the "Corminator,” with an address at Woodbrook Court, Castleknock Dublin was prosecuted by the Revenue Commissioners for an offense under the Finance Act, which on conviction carries a fine but no jail sentence.

Last Wednesday at Dublin District Court, he pleaded guilty to having marked mineral oil containing blue dye in his car's fuel tank, at Airton Road Garda (police) pound in Tallaght, on January 10, 2011.
[Source: Evening Herald]

FERMANAGH

A part-time receptionist at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen has told the jury at the murder trial of Trillick man Barry McCarney that tragic 15-month-old baby Millie was brought to the hospital with a burnt finger just five days before she died of a head injury.

McCarney, who was not Millie’s biological father, is charged with the murder, causing grievous bodily harm and sexually assaulting the infant. He had been living with the baby’s mother at a house at Glebe Park in Enniskillen at the time it is alleged he carried out the murder.

Rachel Martin, the 27-year-old mother, is also on trial charged with child cruelty by willful neglect and allowing the death of her daughter.
[Source: Fermanagh Herald]

GALWAY

Galway has joined cuisine royalty with the awarding of the city’s first Michelin Star.

Aniar Restaurant on Dominick Street won the prestigious accolade after being visited by a team of clandestine restaurant experts over half a dozen times.

Its inclusion in the Michelin Star Guide 2013 for Great Britain and Ireland is all the more remarkable given that the eatery is just over one-year-old. It now belongs to an exclusive club of just seven restaurants in the country which boast a Michelin Star – with only one other outside the capital, the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford.
[Source: Galway Bay FM]

KERRY

Kerry has received their lowest number of all-star football nominations in almost two decades, with Colm Cooper the sole representative among the 45 players left standing.

Naturally the nominations for the G.A.A./G.P.A. All-Stars, sponsored by Opel, are dominated by players from All-Ireland champions Donegal and beaten finalists Mayo.

But for Kerry, it is their smallest haul of nominees in the qualifier era and a return to figures more associated with the mid-1990s, when they hit their last significant slump.
[Source: Irish Independent]

KILDARE

In future the H.S.E. will only deal with emergencies and children will have to travel to clinics in Naas, Newbridge, Kilcullen or Baltinglass to access such treatment.

The embargo on recruitment in the public service is being blamed for the closure of the Athy clinic, but that is no consolation to parents and children who are angry at the removal of this most critical service.

Regina Roche from Athy is the mother of a seven-year-old girl. She said that the closure of the dental clinic in Athy is another example of badly-needed services being lost. “Athy is the most southerly town in the county, and we have already had an announcement that Kavanagh’s bus service is to cut back its Athy services. We are being told that we have to go to other towns to access emergency care but not everyone has a car and this is a town where public transport is not consistent.”
[Source: Kildare Nationalist]

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