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Callan has served 26 years so far for the murder of a Garda (Police) Sergeant Patrick Morrissey.

Paul O'Higgins S.C., for the State, said that even if he won his appeal, Mr. Callan was unlikely to be freed before 2016, but that was disputed by Deirdre Murphy S.C., for Mr. Callan, who said, if he won, he would be eligible for temporary release.

Mr. Callan (48), Cullaville, Castleblayney, County Monaghan, has claimed he has unlawfully been deprived of a right-of-remission, which could reduce his 40-year term by up to one-third.
[Source: Irish Independent]


The number of members elected to Roscommon County Council could be trimmed down to just 18 in a new program of radical reforms that is also expected to sound the death knell for Boyle Town Council.

Minister for Local Government Phil Hogan was expected to announce radical changes to the local authority sector last Tuesday in a bid to bring savings of more than $92 million per annum.

Speculation has been rife in the lead up to the minister’s announcement, with strong signals that town councils face the axe and that the number of councilors on local authorities will also be substantially reduced.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Jason McGuinness secured his third league winners medal on Saturday and has now added another award after being named Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association Player of the Month for September.

The towering center-half was inspirational in Sligo Rovers league title winning run, and helped Ian Barraclough’s to three wins and one draw in September as the Bit O’Red conceded just two goals in 360 minutes of top-tier soccer.

McGuinness edged out Shamrock Rovers' in-form midfielder Ronan Finn for the award with Sligo teammate Raffaele Cretaro taking third place in the vote.
[Source: RTÉ News]


Gardaí (police) in Tipperary Town have named the man who was fatally shot at a house in Golden, Tipperary on Wednesday morning as Shane Rossiter (30).

A post-mortem examination has been concluded and the results are not being disclosed for operational reasons. No arrests have been made at this stage. Investigations are on-going.

Gardaí believe a man entered the Church Lane area of the village at around 6:35 a.m. and shot the victim, who is from the Clonmel area. Mr. Rossiter was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where he was later pronounced dead.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Cookstown District Council is getting all charged up with the purchase of an electric car.

It is hoped the purchase of the vehicle will help to drive down their carbon emissions as they gear towards greater energy efficiency.

And it is also expected they will demonstrate the Renault Kangoo ZE Electric Van to steer others into opting for an electric vehicle.

The move was recommended by councilors at a meeting of the council's Policy Resources and Services Committee, supporting the E-car Project in 2012/13, and the car has now been bought.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


The award-winning O’Brien Chop House in Lismore will shut its doors on October 28, much to the disappointment and sadness of owners Justin and Jenny Green.

The restaurant won great acclaim over its four years of trading and was awarded numerous awards and accolades, and just this year retained its Bib Gourmand in the 2013 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, as well as being named best restaurant in Munster in the Food and Wine Magazine Awards.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


The percentage of Catholics in both Westmeath and Roscommon increased significantly in the five years prior to the last census, new figures have revealed.

The figures were part of the latest publication in a series of Census 2011 reports by the Central Statistics Office.

The statistics also reveal that there were more atheists than Church of Ireland adherents in both counties.

In Westmeath, some 75,432 people representing 87.5 percent of the population were Catholic, an increase of 5.5 percent since 2006.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]


A crowd of people braved inclement weather recently to attend the annual I.R.A. Commemoration in Saltmills.

The event took place at the memorial statue located near St. Kearns. Among those in attendance was local man, Michael Whelan, who read the Proclamation. The organizers expressed gratitude to everyone who attended – especially in view of the fact the weather wasn’t ideal.

The commemorative ceremony is one of the longest established in the district and pays tribute to a number of local men who were killed following an explosion in October 1920.
[Source: Wexford Echo]


Cross-examination has been continuing at a murder trial in the Central Criminal Court of a detective dealing with C.C.T.V. footage of suspects.