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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:03

BOY (13) KNOCKED DOWN.

 

13 year old knocked down in Mooncoin

The child has been removed by ambulance to Waterford University hospital as a precautionary measure

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A 13 year old child was knocked down in Mooncoin this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene before 10am.

The child has been removed by ambulance to Waterford University hospital as a precautionary measure but any injuries are said to be ‘non life-threatening’.

Gardai say the road there is clear again.

Leetherm
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 18:03

BOY (13) KNOCKED DOWN .

 

13 year old knocked down in Mooncoin

The child has been removed by ambulance to Waterford University hospital as a precautionary measure

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A 13 year old child was knocked down in Mooncoin this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene before 10am.

The child has been removed by ambulance to Waterford University hospital as a precautionary measure but any injuries are said to be ‘non life-threatening’.

Gardai say the road there is clear again.

Leetherm
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 17:37

PADDY WON'T LIE BACK!

 

Turmoil in Kilkenny Fianna Fail as party HQ allows Patrick Back. 

RENUA's Patrick McKee pictured during the KCLR Election debate in February 2016. Photo: Ken McGuire/KCLR

The KILKENNY JOURNAL  understands that the party HQ’s Committee of Rules and Procedures accepted Patrick McKee back into Fianna Fail last week.

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There’s turmoil in Fianna Fail over the return of councillor Patrick McKee.

Long serving members of the board of Kilkenny Fianna Fail resigned last night while six councillors are threatening to do likewise. "G.I. Joe" Malone was red-faced and furious in High Street as he heard the news of McKee being allowed back into the party, Council chairman Matt Doran wasn't too happy either while cursing and swearing could be heard emanating from O'Loughlin Road. Bobby Aylward didn't mind one way or the other. 

They’re said to be unhappy that the party has ignored their wishes after they voted to reject Councillor McKee’s application to return to their group on the council.
But the KILKENNY JOURNAL  understands that the party HQ’s Committee of Rules and Procedures accepted Patrick McKee back into Fianna Fail last week.

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Manchester terror attack: man arrested in connection with suicide bombing

Children among 22 fatalities in explosion at packed Ariana Grande concert

Twenty-two people have been killed and more than 50 have been injured in a terror attack at Manchester Arena. The explosions happened at 10.30pm on Monday night, after a concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. Video: Reuters

 

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in the south of the city in connection with the Manchester bomb attack, Greater Manchester Police have said.

The news came shortly after Theresa May, the British prime minister, said UK police and security services believe they know the identity of the suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people, including children, and injured 59 more at the pop concert by Ariane Grande.

His bomb exploded in the foyer of Manchester Arena shortly after 10.30pm on Monday, as 21,000 fans were leaving the venue. Manchester’s chief constable, Ian Hopkins, said the man was acting alone and was “carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, causing this atrocity”.

What we know so far

– At least 22 people, some of them children, killed in the bombing

– Attacker died after detonating “improvised explosive device”

– No reports of Irish among dead or injured

– Worst terrorist attack in the UK since 2005 London bombings

– First victim named as Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student

Stampede

Witnesses said the blast prompted a stampede as the concert ended at Europe’s largest indoor arena. “We ran, and people were screaming around us and pushing on the stairs to go outside, and people were falling down, girls were crying, and we saw these women being treated by paramedics having open wounds on their legs . . . It was just chaos,” said Sebastian Diaz, a 19-year-old fan. “It was literally just a minute after it ended. The lights came on, and the bomb went off.”

First victim

The first victim has been named as Georgina Callander, an 18-year-old student in the second year of a health and social-care course at Runshaw College, in Lancashire. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of Georgina’s family, friends, and all of those affected by this loss”, the college said.

Ambulance crews make their way to Manchester Arena after major incident. Several injuries being treated and police cordon in place.

Sacred Heart College Omagh has confirmed that a group on a trip to a Manchester are safe at a hotel outside the area of tonight's incident.

An A&E doctor at Manchester Royal Infirmary said many consultants came in unprompted during the night to help deal with what appeared to be a roughly equal number of child and adult casualties. The injuries ranged from “major trauma” to cuts and scratches, he said.

Hundreds of parents, relatives and friends are searching for loved ones. Anyone in Ireland with concerns for family and friends can contact the consular division of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on 01-4082000. In the UK an emergency helpline, 00-161-8569400, has been set up.

Facebook has activated its safety-check feature, so people can let loved ones know they are safe. The #MissingInManchester hashtag is being used on Twitter. Families and friends are asking people to retweet and share photographs, in the hope of finding people who are still missing.

Earlier, police evacuated the area around the Arndale shopping centre, in the centre of Manchester, and widened the area cordoned off after Monday night’s suicide bombing. One witness told the BBC he heard shots. “People were running as police told them to keep moving,” one of the broadcaster’s reporters, at Exchange Square in Manchester, said. A man has been arrested at the centre in connection with that alert, which is not now believed to be linked to the bombing.

Ariana Grande: the suicide bomber struck just after her concert ended. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York TimesAriana Grande: the suicide bomber struck just after her concert ended. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Leaders respond

As police sought to establish if the attacker was part of a broader network, the British prime minister, Theresa May, called a meeting of the government’s emergency committee, Cobra. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after the meeting, before travelling to Manchester, she said: “All acts of terrorism are cowardly . . . but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

It was the worst terrorist incident in Britain since the 2005 London suicide bombings, in which 52 people died. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said security is being stepped up in the UK capital; the Metropolitan Police has confirmed that more officers are being deployed in London.

UK political parties have suspended campaigning for next month’s general election.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said: “The city of Manchester has exceptionally close ties with our country, and I extend the solidarity of the Irish Government and all our people to those affected across the UK.”

A vigil will be held at 6pm on Tuesday in Albert Square, Manchester.

“Shrapnel-like injuries”

Victims are believed to have been injured by nails or screws, and witnesses reported nuts and bolts strewn around the floor of the foyer, as well as the smell of explosives. Paramedics told the BBC they had treated some of the wounded for “shrapnel-like injuries”.

Sixty ambulances were sent to the arena; they transferred casualties to hospitals around Greater Manchester.

Manchester Arena: blast is thought to have occurred in the area connecting the venue and railway stationManchester Arena: blast is thought to have occurred in the area connecting the venue and railway station

Manchester Victoria railway station, which is connected to the arena, was evacuated, and all trains have been cancelled for the day.

More than 400 police have been deployed in the city, with a visible presence remaining on its streets on Tuesday.

Islamic State

Chris Phillips, a former head of UK counter-terrorism security, told the BBC the attack had been carried out “quite professionally” and warned it was “potentially not yet over”. He said: “I would be very surprised if there was only one suicide belt, I would be very surprised if only set of explosives was used, and certainly I’d be really surprised if only one person was involved.”

US officials drew parallels to the co-ordinated attacks in November 2015 by Islamist militants on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris, which claimed about 130 lives.

Britain is on its second-highest alert level of “severe”, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. British counter-terrorism police have said they are making on average an arrest every day in connection with suspected terrorism.

In March a British-born convert to Islam ploughed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, killing four people before stabbing to death a police officer outside parliament. The man was shot dead at the scene.

In 2015 a Pakistani student, Abid Naseer, was convicted in a US court of conspiring with al-Qaeda to blow up the Arndale shopping centre, in the centre of Manchester, in April 2009.

Additional reporting: Guardian and agencies

 

31-year-old partner of Rita Apine charged with her murder

31 year old Renars Veigulis, who is originally from Latvia but was living at 2 Bridge Street in Freshford has been charged with murdering his partner Rita Apine.

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31 year old Renars Veigulis, who is originally from Latvia but was living at 2 Bridge Street in Freshford has been charged with murdering his partner Rita Apine.

She was found with serious head injuries at the bottom of her stairs at about midday last Sunday.

Ms Apine was treated on the footpath outside by paramedics after the emergency services were called, but died later in St Luke’s General Hospital in Kilkenny.

Mr Veigulis was brought by an unmarked garda car to the courthouse in Kilkenny city at 10.50 this morning for a special sitting of the district court, accompanied by a number of gardaí.

During the hearing, Detective Sergeant Sean O’Meara told the court that he formally arrested the accused at 8.32pm last night and charged him. After caution, Renars Veigulis replied “no”.

Tony Collier, solicitor for the accused said that, given the nature of the charge, there would be no application for bail – Judge Colin Daly granted legal aid.

Inspector Joe Carton applied to the court for a remand in custody to Cloverhill district court on 26 May next and Collier said that this was by consent.

Originally from Latvia, Rita Apine lived at St Teresa’s Terrace in Kilkenny city for some time before moving with her young daughter to rented accommodation in Freshford late last year.

A memorial service in Rita’s honour has been taking place this afternoon at Loughboy in Kilkenny.

A man in his thirties is now being arraigned in front of an emergency sitting of Kilkenny District Court charged with the murder of Rita Apine.  A unique occasion, It's the first sitting of the court on a Sunday morning that we can remember. Whatever it takes for justice to be done. Though they didn't know the little Latvian lovely  for long , over 400 people turned out in a vigil to pray for her , so they obviously have a great interest in seeing that the perpetrator of the foul deed is punished. Rita was just an ordinary woman bringing up her 2-year old daughter and not involved in anything at all beyond that little world. We hope the little tot she left behind will be alright and prosper despite this awful tragedy. Further coverage when we have news from the court. 

BREAKING: Suspect to be arraigned in Kilkenny District Court on Sunday at 11.00 am charged with the murder of Rita Apine. 

MAN  now CHARGED WITH THE MURDER OF YOUNG MOTHER and in custody  at Kilkenny Garda station.  he will appear in Kilkenny court at 11.00 tomorrow morning, Sunday 21st May. 

BREAKING: Suspect due to appear in Kilkenny District Court in connection with murder of Rita Apine

The late Rita Apine

A man in his thirties is due to appear in court tomorrow Sunday at 11.00 am charged with the murder of Rita Apine.

The 29-year-old mother died last Sunday after sustaining serious injuries in her home in Freshford. She was beaten savagely and thrown down the stairs. 

The suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with her murder and questioned at Kilkenny Garda Station. He is being held in custody there tonight. 

He is due to appear before a special sitting of Kilkenny District Court tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11.00 am when he will be arraigned on the murder charge and remanded in custody. 


EDITORIAL: VARADKAR Vs COVENEY. 

Simon Coveney has been caught at a Bilderberg conference , as reported elsewhere here, in the company of his mentor the Goldman Sachs chairman Peter Sutherland. Sutherland is the UN Commissioner for refugees, stating time and again that he wants to push more and more refugees into Ireland and the UK where he now lives.  

Coveney as Taoiseach would unleash more hordes of immigrants on Ireland with a million here already.  Coveney is a big landlord who has a vested interest in filling his properties with tenants, whether immigrants or otherwise. Coveney would be even worse as a Taoiseach than Enda Kenny was.  Thus, though you may object to him being married to a man, Varadkar is the better choice. Varadkar has stated that he wants to pay immigrants six months welfare to leave and go home, or elsewhere. He is also not in favour of abortion.  Yes, he is half Indian but Irish through and through - his father is an upper-caste practising Hindu. He has a normal family background in Castleknock, Dublin, with a couple of sisters.  After all, Dev's father was a Spanish Cuban Jew while Sean Lemass' ancestors were French Huguenots.

And despite the fact that the editor of the Kilkenny Journal , Michael McGrath , voted NO in the gay marriage referendum and took a lot of pretty vicious flak for that online  , he doesn't see where a person's sexual practice or orientation matters in politics or in business or in any other walk of life. Thus he supports Leo Varadkar for Taoiseach.  Leo is easily the more capable and at least he remains loyal to the country. Coveney is a boor who has sold Ireland out even before he starts. By attending the Bilderberg meeting , Coveney was seriously acting the traitor - we can't put it more gently than that. He doesn't deserve to be Taoiseach, in fact he doesn't even deserve to be in Dail Eireann. We would not trust Simon Coveney as far as we could throw him. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:17

THE GOOD SIDE OF SIMON COVENEY.

Simon Coveney laid down some good guidelines for the online sale of animals when he was Minister for Agriculture. This is to his credit. he is an obvious dog lover. But we need more info one where he stands on human mass immigration into Ireland, now virtually uncontrolled. 

Housing Minister Simon Coveney is a landlord

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Minister for Housing Simon Coveney – who now presides over Ireland’s housing crisis – is a landlord – one of at least 30 politicians who must declare they earn more than €2,600 a month in rent.

Mc Guinness rents out three properties in Dublin, three in Kilkenny, a property in Limerick, a property in Tipperary, and an interest in a nursing home.

Minister Coveney is tasked with controlling the housing market in Ireland which has seen rents spiral to record levels in Dublin.  While thousands of Irish families are homeless.

He has had to declare  he owns a rental property in Harty’s Quay, Rochestown, Cork city.

The revelation has emerged at the same time that one of the biggest landords in the country has admitted the rental market in this country is reaching its “limit.”

1 – Kerry Deputy Michael Healy RaeAt least 8 properties:   2 farmhouses, a property in Kilgarvan, Co Kerry,  a rental apartment in Killarney, Kerry, houses in Kenmare, Castleisland and Killarney, and student accommodation in Limerick.

2 – Fianna Fáil’s John Mc Guinness:  At least 8 properties and an interest in a nursing home:  3 rental properties in Dublin, 3 in Kilkenny, a property in Limerick, a property in Tipperary, and an interest in a nursing home.

3 – Social Democrat, Stephen Donnelly:   2 properties:  Rental property in Beacon South Quarter in Dublin and in Clara, Co Offaly.

4 – Former ceann comhairle and Fine Gael TD, Sean Barrett:   Shareholder in 1 property:  Barrett states he is a shareholder in a company that owns an office block and which is leased to a tenant.

5 – Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  1 property:   Harty’s Quay, Rochestown, in Cork.

6 – Agriculture Minister Michael Creed:  Interests in 3 properties:  Money invested in three addresses in Macroom, Co Cork.

7 – Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary:  2 month’s rental income from a property that he once lived in on Distillery Road in Dublin but sold it in July 2015.

8 – Fine Gael Galway East TD, Ciarán Cannon:   An executive director in a property company.

9 – Fine Gael’s Marcella Corcoran Kennedy:   27 acres at Ferbane, Co Offaly that has been rented out.

10:  Waterford TD, John Deasy:   1 rental apartment in Citywest in Dublin.

11:  Pat Deering:  1 rental property in Rathvilly, Co Carlow.

12:  Chief whip Regina Doherty:  2 properties:  One in Ashbourne Business Park and City Campus in Limerick.

13:  Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley:  2 properties:   One in Charlotte Quay, Dublin and one in Rathfarnham, Dublin.

14:  Charlie Flanagan:   1 property:  He lets a holiday house in Co Sligo part of the year.

15:  Sean Fleming: Rented a former post office in County Laois for part of last year.

16:  Independent Noel Grealish:  2 properties and land:  He let out a house in Galway and a apartment in Dublin.  He also owns a 8,800 sq ft commercial unit in Briarhill, Galway.

17:  Martin Heydon:  1 rental property in Co Limerick.

18:  Paul Kehoe:   2 properties:  Renting a property in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and an apartment on Haddington Road, Dublin 4.

19:  Fianna Fail Cork TD, Billy Kelleher:  Rents out an apartment in Glanmire, Co Cork.

20: Fianna Fáil’s Brendan Smith:  1 rental apartment in Dublin.

21:  Robert Troy:  2 properties:  1 in Mullingar and 1 inDublin.

22:  Wexford’s Mick Wallace:  2 properties:  Both are rented out in Wicklow.

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