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ANTRIM

The Alliance Party has issued an 11th hour plea for “responsible, shared leadership” ahead of this year's Council A.G.M.

The meeting on Thursday, June 13, will see the election of mayor and deputy, as well as appointing the chairs of the council committees.

Though unionist domination has been on the slide at the Civic Centre, they still hold sway by a wafer-thin majority of one in the 19-seat chamber – and. traditionally, they have made it count.

Unionists have jealously guarded the top job, taking it every year since the reorganization of local government in 1973 with two notable exceptions.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]

ARMAGH

Two weeks ago, a visit by shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland Vernon Coaker to Whitecross was a compassionate gesture by a man keen to touch base with those affected by the Troubles.

That’s the opinion of Michael O’Hare whose elderly mother Mary met with Mr. Coaker in her home on Thursday, May 23.

Mrs. O’Hare’s 12-year-old daughter Majella was shot dead by a British soldier as she made her way to church in August 1976.  Two years ago the family received an apology from the British government acknowledging Majella’s unlawful killing and discounting army claims that she had been the victim of crossfire.
[Source: Examiner Newspaper]

CARLOW

A Garda (police) helicopter was called in on Sunday night, May 2, when a brazen burglar being chased by local Gardaí jumped from a stolen getaway car and fled on foot.

A botched burglary attempt at Feltham Hall, Blackbog Road saw the culprit take off in a stolen gray Mercedes, with Gardaí in hot pursuit. As Gardaí closed in on the burglar, he abandoned the car at Hanover Road, jumped a wall into a neighboring garden and vanishing into the night. Local Gardaí enlisted the help of the air support unit shortly before midnight as the dramatic chase unfolded.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]

CAVAN

Cavan minors have been dealt a huge blow with the news that midfielder Greg McGovern has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a broken foot.

The towering Swanlinbar man, who had been in fine form in the wins over Armagh and Fermanagh, sustained the injury in training with the county team Friday night, May 31. McGovern, ironically a cousin of injured Swad and Cavan midfielder Gearoid McKiernan, turned 18 last week.
[Source: The Anglo Celt]

CLARE

A pathologist is due to present evidence to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin as to the horrific injuries that led to the death of a north Clare woman, over two years ago.

Colm Deely of School Road in Ballyvaughan, when arraigned last Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to murdering his 43-year-old friend, Deirdre McCarthy, between 11 p.m. on March 27, 2011 and noon the following day, at an unnamed location in Clare.

Ms. McCarthy’s body was found washed up on Fanore Beach a few days later; she had been strangled.

On Wednesday, Paul Green S.C., prosecuting, said a pathologist would tell the jury that Ms. McCarthy died from asphyxia, strangulation and blunt force trauma, including blows to her head, trunk and extremities.
[Source: Clare Champion]

CORK

A group of Kilcredan primary school children were dramatically evacuated from a burning bus on Wednesday morning just outside the Jack Lynch tunnel.
It is understood the children from fourth to sixth year, were going to Páirc Uí Rinn for a Sciath Na Scol U-13 hurling final against Frankfield school, Scoil Niocláis.
A full 5- person capacity coach, hired from Mackey Coaches, Midleton, had just exited the Jack Lynch tunnel on the Mahon side, when the back of the bus went up in smoke.
[Source: Cork Independent]

DERRY

What have the Loch Ness monster, a killer whale, 30 Joseph Lockes, a real life subbuteo team and a squad of German U-boat captains got in common?

They were just some of the many characters who appeared in Derry last weekend for “The Return of Colmcille.”

The large-scale outdoor extravaganza, which took place last Thursday and Friday, has been written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the author of the Olympic opening ceremony and outdoor art experts, Walk the Plank.
[Source: Derry Journal]

DONEGAL

The winner of the massive $13 million lotto jackpot has placed a bet on Donegal taking the All-Ireland for the second successive season.

Kevin Geoghegan made headlines last week when he and his partner, Carol Lorgan, collected their bumper check at the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin. Last Wednesday, Kevin told the Donegal Democrat: “I have placed a bet on Donegal to win. I fancy them. I am not going to say how much of a bet I placed on them, but I did back them.

“I fancy other teams to win, too. I am a betting man,” he said.
[Source: Donegal Democrat]

DOWN

A Belfast court has heard how a woman who was allegedly snatched from a Dundalk street last December pretended to be dead while her abductors argued about how to dispose of her body.

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