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A new suspect is being questioned by murder squad detectives investigating the death of Monaghan teenager Jason McGovern, it was disclosed last Thursday.

The 17-year-old suspect is from the Omagh area, where the student was attacked in the early hours of Monday, December 31.

Mr. McGovern (19) was punched outside a nightclub after being involved in a verbal exchange with a group of men.

He travelled to Omagh with a group of friends but became separated.

He later made his way to the border village of Emyvale, County Monaghan, where he had been staying with friends. He was found dead at midday on New Year’s Eve.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


The number of patients waiting for a bed at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore has doubled in recent days with the latest Trolley Watch figures showing that 18 patients were without beds at the facility.

The figures that were released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association on January 3 show an increase of 100 percent from Wednesday, January 2 when nine patients were reported to be waiting on trolleys.

Elsewhere in the region nine patients were waiting for a bed in Mullingar while three were waiting in Portlaoise.
[Source: Offaly Express]


The number of mobile phones seized from inmates at Castlerea Prison has fallen significantly in the past five years since the introduction of increased security measures.

New figures furnished by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter indicated that just 24 mobile phones were seized at the prison up to the end of November compared to over 100 in 2008.

The figures showed that the number of phones seized across the prison network had halved since 2008 and that this trend was also evident at Castlerea Prison.
[Source: Roscommon Herald]


Iarnrod Eireann is going “off the rails” on the Sligo-Dublin line. That's the view of Sligo Chamber of Commerce over reductions to train services from January.

The company has confirmed that both the 7:05 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. services from Dublin to Sligo will cease. They will be replaced by one service departing Dublin at 8:05 a.m.

This means that the first train will arrive in Sligo at 11:05 a.m. from the capital.
[Source: Sligo Champion]


Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai has been announced as the recipient of the 2012 Tipperary International Peace Award. The Tipperary Peace Convention announced on New Year’s Day – World Day of Peace - that they are recognizing Malala’s “courage, determination and perseverance,” along with the impact she has had on so many across the world, with the award to her of the 2012 International Peace Prize.
[Source: Tipperary Star]


B.T. is building on its success in connecting communities by expanding further into rural areas, including Augher in the Dungannon borough.

One year on and B.T.'s Connected Communities program is being rolled out into more rural communities across Northern Ireland.

The major initiative, which was launched in a number of cities and towns in 2011 to establish on-the-ground I.T. support and resources in a bid to tackle online social exclusion, now supports 15 community groups across the island.
[Source: Tyrone Courier]


West Ham have signed Waterford United’s teenage striker Seán Maguire after he impressed on a trial with the London Premier League club.

The 18-year-old scored 13 goals in Waterford’s first division campaign last season, helping them finish in second place before they lost the promotion/relegation play-off over two legs to Dundalk.

Maguire joined Waterford from Kilkenny junior club Evergreen, where he enjoyed a prolific scoring record, including over 50 goals in his final season at the club.
[Source: Irish Times]


A lucky lady from Westmeath bought a Christmas Millionaire Raffle ticket two weeks ago and then watched the draw live on RTÉ One on New Year's Eve to see her number pulled from the drum to win the $330,000 prize.

"I switched the T.V. over to the New Year's Eve coverage and watched Brian Ormond draw the winning tickets. I wrote down the numbers and then checked my ticket. I thought I must have written them down wrong – I couldn't believe it!" said the happy winner.
[Source: Westmeath Examiner]


The J.F.K. Trust is confident that visitor numbers to the Dunbrody emigrant ship and visitor center will exceed 100,000.

The organization’s C.E.O., Sean Reidy, highlighted that as being among the trust’s principle plans when he recently spoke to The Echo.

He said the last 12 months proved very successful for the Dunbrody with foreign tourism being a major component of the center’s overall business: “2012 was a very successful year for the Dunbrody with over 60,000 visitors and major inroads are being made in attracting foreign tourists to New Ross and County Wexford.”
[Source: Wexford Echo]