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A man has pleaded guilty to the possession of a sawn-off shotgun and two cartridges.

Eamon Lennon (36), of Iniskeen, County Monaghan, pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to the unlawful possession of a sawn-off 12-gauge side-by-side shotgun and possession of two 12-gauge Eley shotgun cartridges at Ecco Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth on August 8, 2010.

Presiding judge Mr. Justice Paul Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, remanded the accused man in custody, to appear before the non-jury court on December 6.
[Source: Evening Herald]


Police in Wales searching for missing Offaly woman Catherine Gowing have discovered human remains.

Search Teams and the Regional Underwater Search Team deployed in Sealand, Flintshire discovered the remains in a shallow pool within the field known locally as the “Lum.”

The search targeted the area following information received from members of the public.

Senior Investigating Officer D.C.I. Mark Pierce commented, “At this time those remains have yet to be formally identified as this will require medical as well as forensic examination. A post-mortem is planned for later today (Thursday, November 1). At this time we are not able to comment further however Catherine Gowing’s family have been informed of this distressing development and clearly our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. I would ask that they be allowed privacy to come to terms with this news.”
[Source: Offaly Express]


The alleged “inappropriate use” of monies from a fund held by prison officers at Castlerea Prison is being referred to the Garda (police) commissioner, the Herald can reveal.

The alleged “inappropriate use” of what is believed to be a significant amount of money was raised for discussion at a recent Oireachtas committee meeting.

At a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee earlier last month the committee confirmed receiving information from an anonymous source regarding the alleged “inappropriate use” of funds.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


A 27-year-old man carried out two unprovoked assaults on two other men in quick succession, Sligo Circuit Court heard.

As a result, Eriks Melnis, Abbot's Close, Seapark, Dungarvan, County Waterford, was given a three-year suspended sentence on one charge.

He was ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service, in lieu of two-year imprisonment, on the other.

Judge Hunt was told the incidents in July 2011, were "totally out of character" for Melnis.
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Patients and medical staff in Cashel are “gravely disturbed” that an x-ray machine in Our Lady’s Hospital is out of action due to a mechanical defect, according to a local medical doctor and county councilor.

Mayor of Cashel Dr. Séan McCarthy also said passengers travelling through Thurles Railway Station could not use the car park without fear of being fined, or having their cars clamped, as the ticket vending machines are out of order.

Dr. McCarthy told the Tipperary Star the x-ray machine on the grounds of Our Lady’s has been out of order for the week or so, and there is mounting concern.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


Police and Fire Service personnel are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal incident on Friday evening, October 26 at a farm in the Killybracken Road area of Dungannon, which claimed the life of a popular local farmer.

Mr. Jackie McCoey (76) died in an incident involving a piece of cattle-feeding equipment.

A very well-known man who farmed in the area for most of his life, Mr. McCoey is survived by a wife and seven children to whom sincere sympathy is extended.

He is the 24th person in Northern Ireland to die in a farming accident in the past 20 months.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


A meeting took place last Thursday evening between the Master of the City and County Infirmary Trust, Mr. Gordon Watson, and elected representatives from the city and county to discuss growing gears that hospital services in Waterford and the region could be seriously eroded.

The meeting at Waterford Institute of Technology had been called amid fears that approval is to be given for a recommendation for the complete break-up of the regional hospital network.

That would mean a downgrade of W.R.H. and Waterford networking with Cork and Clonmel while people from Wexford and Kilkenny requiring hospital care would have to travel to Dublin.
[Source: Waterford News & Star]


The Minister for Agriculture Marine and Food Simon Coveney has officially launched Moate-based Irish Rural Link's new Farm Safety Mentor Program.

The initiative is a new and innovative approach in the communication of the farm safety message according to Seamus Boland, C.E.O. of Irish Rural Link, who expressed his delight at Minister Coveney's endorsement of the campaign.