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FERMANAGH
There were 574 physical and verbal attacks on health care staff within the Western Trust over a six month period. This breaks down into 362 physical assaults and 185 verbal attacks from October 2008 - March 2009. And the SDLP Fermanagh MLA Tommy Gallagher is calling for stricter penalties for offenders - including them having to foot the bill for prosecutions against them. The figures were released last week by the Minister of Health, Michael McGimpsey, who warned these attacks will not be tolerated.
(Source: The Fermanagh Herald)

GALWAY
A man with close links to Connemara is one of the frontrunners in the Boston mayoral race. A grandson of Connemara emigrants, Michael Flaherty was born in raised in Boston but has strong local connections, with relations living in Clifden, Camus and Leitir Mor. A city councilor in the Boston area, he is now one of the strongest threats to current Mayor Thomas Marino, who has held the position for 16 years. Clr Flaherty said his family had a very strong connection with Ireland and that the plight of the undocumented Irish is something he plans to address if his campaign is successful.
(Source: Galway Independent)

KERRY
A record for the greatest number of threshers ever assembled to work the one field might just have been set in Knockanure last weekend during the annual Vintage Day in the village. As part of the plans — which includes making space for over 300 vintage machines — organizers are hoping to assemble the biggest fleet of working threshers ever seen in the one field. "We're confident we will break the record for Munster, if not all of Ireland," Treasurer of the Vintage committee, Dan Hartnett, said
(Source: The Kerryman)

KILDARE
Workers at a Newbridge service station were subjected to a terrifying ordeal on Friday last when an armed raider entered the shop and pointed a gun at counter staff while demanding money. Sergeant Mary Keane of Newbridge garda station said the raider entered the Topaz shop on Moorefield Road at 5.10pm on Friday last. Described as very tall and wearing black track suit bottoms and a black top, he also wore a balaclava and spoke with an Irish accent. “He was carrying what appeared to be a gun and he pointed it at the staff and asked them the money in a bag,” said Sgt Keane, adding that the raider then made away with a relatively small amount of cash, making his escape on a black mountain bike.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)

KILKENNY
This is a time when every penny counts, especially for people who have been made redundant from their jobs. Yet a group of former workers from the Ormonde Brick factory in Castlecomer have taken the unselfish decision to donate the remainder of two staff funds to charity rather than dividing it amongst themselves. The former staff presented a check worth $11,000 to the Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital last Thursday morning, and are giving the same amount to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
 (Source: The Kilkenny People)

LAOIS
It is not every day that a Laois athlete returns home with eight medals from a world championship, but that is exactly what young Nicole Turner from Garryhinch did the week before last. Nicole swept the boards at the World Dwarf Games in Belfast winning five gold, one silver and two bronze medals. Nicole won three gold medals for swimming, two gold and a silver in athletics, and her bronze medals in football and hockey, playing with the Irish team.
(Source: The Laois Nationalist)

LEITRIM
The economic down turn is really starting to bite in Co Leitrim with the latest figures showing that, not only have redundancies doubled on figures for the same period in 2008 but unemployment has also dramatically increased. The latest redundancy figures for Co Leitrim show a massive increase on figures for the same period last year. The figures, released by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment last week, show that between January 1 and July 31 this year, 162 people in Co Leitrim were made redundant, up substantially from the same period last year where only 77 were faced with a similar fate. (Source: The Leitrim Observer)

LIMERICK
Tributes have been paid to disabled rights campaigner Ger South, who died on Thursday last.
The Corbally resident, 78, was praised for his work with Limerick Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped, of which he was chairman for 25 years."He was a man of shining honesty and always led from the front. He was a great activist of social causes, especially for the under-privileged," said his friend and former Mayor and TD Frank Prendergast, 76.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)

LONGFORD
A Longford businessman is trying to set up a fund to provide as many girls in the county with the Cervical Cancer Vaccine as possible. Eddie Valentine from Longford town says he is happy to donate money into the fund and is now trying to get other business people from the county involved to sponsor the vaccine."Hopefully it will show up the Government for their selfishness in failing to get the vaccine scheme up and running. "It's children we're talking about and this is a life saving vaccine. Nothing should stand in the way of this program, recession or not."
(Source: The Longford Leader)

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