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Davis, who was granted free legal aid, is also charged with two offenses under the provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 relating to her death.

It is alleged the self-employed plumber was “negligent in the commissioning” of a gas boiler at the Tridant Hotel where Ms. Reidy was attending a hen party.
[Source: Limerick Leader]


There were celebrations in Portlaoise over the June bank holiday weekend, as the Longford Rose was chosen to go forward to the Rose of Tralee International Festival in August.

Aisling Farrell, who was crowned Longford Rose in April, is the first Longford Rose to make it to the Dome since Grainne Fox back in 2007.

A native of Tang, Aisling’s mother Susan McKenna hails from Newtowncashel, and the Rose herself attended Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon. Aisling is still elated after the weekend, and is thrilled to be representing Longford at the festival. “I’m so excited to go down to Tralee and represent such a beautiful county,” she says.
[Source: Longford Leader]


Dermot McArdle, the Dundalk man convicted of the manslaughter of his wife, Kellyann Corcoran, in Spain, has returned to his native town having been released early from a Spanish prison.

McArdle has been released even though it is thought he has failed to pay $290,000 in compensation to Kellyann Corcoran’s family. McArdle was not due to be released until August.

The 42-year-old was spotted by a journalist from The Star newspaper driving a 2005 Volkswagen Golf in Dundalk last Wednesday visiting relatives, days after his release from Alhaurin prison in Malaga.
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]


A Westport G.A.A. player who sustained a fractured jaw and chin when he was struck by a member of an opposing G.A.A. team has dropped a Section Three assault charge against Patrick McHale of Gurteens, Ballina.

A court had previously heard that during a match between Ballina and Westport in the James Stephens G.A.A. Park on May 27, 2012, Gary Keane of Fahy, Westport received a fractured jaw and chin and was on a liquid food diet for eight weeks.

Mr. Keane took the stand at Ballina District Court to withdraw the matter. While on the stand, Superintendent Joe Doherty asked Mr. Keane if he had been put under any pressure to withdraw the charge, to which Mr. Keane replied, “No, no pressure to withdraw this.”
[Source: The Mayo News]


It was D-Day last Wednesday for more than 4,400 families across Meath as the State examinations got underway with English Paper One. Some 4,418 Meath students are sitting the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations in 19 schools around the county, joining the 116,841 candidates nationwide who began their examinations.

A total of 2,012 students are taking the Leaving Certificate in Meath and 99 of those are taking the Leaving Certificate Applied exam.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]


Shannon McCabe should have been among almost 57,000 students starting the Junior Certificate written exams last Wednesday.

The 15-year-old already has the Home Economics practical under her belt.

But, on June 5, she was forced to sit the exams out at home because she couldn't get all the support her parents felt she needed for the written papers.

Shannon, from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan and a pupil at Our Lady's Secondary School in the town, has Down’s syndrome, and is categorized as having a moderate learning difficulty.
[Source: Irish Independent]


There's been an explosion in sales of zero-grazing machines as farmers look for ways to avoid being caught out by disastrous grazing conditions.

"We just can't keep them made. We've taken on extra staff, the factory is still flat out, and we've enough machines forward sold to keep us going for months, so business is booming," admitted Cavan-based zero-grazer manufacturer, Niall O'Reilly.

He expects his sales to double this year to 60 machines, including two into England.

Meanwhile, Offaly machinery manufacturer, Belmac, is experiencing a similar jump in demand.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A Brazilian family of seven living in Roscommon has been given permission to legally challenge their deportation after a judge said the State must treat the interests of the children as a primary consideration in any deportation decision.

Mr. Justice Colm MacEochaidh ruled Odenis Rodrigues Dos Santos, his wife Antonia Alexandre de Morais, and their five children, can bring a High Court judicial review challenge over a decision by the minister for the Justice and Equality to order their deportation in March last year.
[Source: Irish Independent]


A Sligo man, who is currently serving seven years in prison for possession of cocaine, has been jailed for a further three years for assaulting a Garda (police) sergeant.