Anglo Celt | News | Breaking News Headlines Latest from the online edition en-gb Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:39:13 +0000 Copyright (C) 2014 Celtic Media Group 76 Anglo Celt | News | Breaking News Headlines Cavan man defends title in turkey pluck off The much anticipated head to head between two titans of the turkey-plucking world took place yesterday morning, April 16 at a farm in England, with Cavan man Vincent Pilkington claiming victory over the British challenger to claim the title of fastest plucker.

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FitzPatrick not guilty in Quinn-Anglo trial The jury in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank directors has acquitted former chairman Sean FitzPatrick on all counts.

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Case thrown out as local TD failed to get speeding notice A government TD for the constituency had a speeding summons dismissed because he never received a fixed penalty notice in the post.

After an appearance at Monaghan District Court Fine Gael Deputy Sean Conlan called for an of the penalty points system.
He told Judge Sean MacBride that he only became aware of the speeding charge when he received a summons to attend the court.
Five other speeding cases were also thrown out after they said the same - one of those cases was northeast barrister John McCoy.
Judge MacBride said he had a concern about the reliability of the chain of evidence which he said "simply wasn't working", before he dismissed all six cases.
The Cavan-Monaghan TD told The Irish Independent:
"Every person is entitled to fair procedures. Under Irish law, everyone should receive a fixed penalty notice. I and others in Monaghan did not receive those notices and therefore these cases were rightfully struck out.
"The system needs to change. Quite clearly there is a widespread problem that needs to be addressed nationally."
Judge MacBride said he would like to see gardai directly serve preliminary summons, rather than posting them out, and added that the system was not working.
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QBRC Consortium ‘zeroing in’ on offer for Aventas Group The Quinn Business Retention Company (QBRC) have told The Anglo-Celt they are now “rapidly zeroing in on a fully-funded offer” for the former Quinn-owned group of companies, now rebranded Aventas, which could materialise within “a matter of weeks”.

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Whistleblower Wilson loses High Court action Paul Neilan

Whistleblower and local election possible John Wilson has lost his High Court action challenging a ruling that he breached garda regulations and neglected his duty.

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Pothole terror gets election backing from partner in 'crime' Paul Neilan

'Pothole terror’ Martin Hannigan said last week that he was thinking of running in May on an independent platform in the Bailieborough-Cootehill local election area and has gotten the backing of his partner in 'crime'.

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Monaghan man due in court on Omagh bomb charges A high-profile republican from Monaghan, charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing of 1998 is to appear before court in Dungannon later today.

Seamus Daly (43) from Cullaville, Monaghan was found liable for the August 1998 Real IRA bombing in the Tyrone town following the outcome of a landmark civil case.

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Monaghan man due in court on Omagh bomb charges A high-profile republican from Monaghan, charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing of 1998 is to appear before court in Dungannon later today.

Seamus Daly (43) from Cullaville, Monaghan was found liable for the August 1998 Real IRA bombing in the Tyrone town following the outcome of a landmark civil case.

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Post-mortem due on Bailieborough house fire victim A post mortem is to be carried out later today on the body of an elderly woman who died following a house fire outside Bailieborough late yesterday evening, Thursday, April 10.

Emergency fire services were called to the scene at Greaghettiagh, Tunnyduff in Bailieborough shortly after 7pm.

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John Joe Nevin out of hospital Boxer and Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has left hospital after having both his legs broken in a savage attack on him last week.

Nevin, who boxed out of Cavan boxing Club and is trained by Sinn Fein Cavan Town Councillor Brian McKeown sustained his injuries while apparently trying to mediate a separate dispute in Mullingar on Saturday.

He left Midlands Hospital in Tullamore yesterday and will be using a wheelchair as he begins his recovery, which should take several months.

He thanked fans and his management for all the support he received while in hospital.

A man has been arrested and released in connection with the assault in which it is understood a golf club was used.

"I'm so happy to be leaving hospital and I'm looking forward to putting this unfortunate part of my life behind me and getting better," said the father of one who recently turned professional in America.

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Cavanmen storm Windsor Castle President Michael D Higgins made history on Tuesday (April 8) with a first State visit to Britain by an Irish President and there was a healthy Cavan connection attending the occasion.

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Oldcastle priest is internet singing sensation A local priest has become an overnight internet singing sensation, after a video of him surprising a couple at a wedding with an impromptu song was posted online.

The video of Father Ray Kelly, a parish priest in Oldcastle has since gone viral, claiming several hundred thousand views from people tuning in to hear his customised rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.

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Local restaurants among top Irish restaurant award winners The Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in The Merchant Hotel Belfast last night where a number of Cavan and Monaghan-based eateries where named among the winners.

Over 300 restaurant owners and staff celebrated their hard work and achievements at the Awards, which saw many well-known restaurateurs of Ulster, turn out to see if they had won one of the prestigious awards.

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Lagan Group pull from Quinn Roof Tiles deal Lagan Group, one of Northern Ireland's largest construction firms has announced it is pulling out of planned deal to purchase the former Quinn Roof Tiles business, citing the ongoing series of attacks and acts of intimidation against its owners Aventas Group and associated companies as the reason.

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Jury in Anglo-Quinn trial ordered to find some not guilty verdicts The jury in the Anglo Irish Bank-Quinn trial has been ordered to find two of the bust bank’s former chiefs, Sean FitzPatrick and Pat Whelan, not guilty on some charges relating to loans to the Quinn family, RTE reports.

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Scan shows boxer Nevin has breaks to both legs Fresh hospital scans on injuries sustained by Cavan-trained boxed and Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin during a vicious weekend attack in Mullingar show that he has suffered breaks to both his legs.

It had initially been reported that only the boxer's right leg was broken. He had suffered breaks to the bone in two places following the assault, however, a scan on yesterday afternoon, Tuesday April 8 in an area which was causing him pain now shows a fracture just above the left ankle.

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Minister to open new CF unit next week Minister for Health Dr James Reilly will be on hand next Friday, April 11 to officially open the new Cystic Fibrosis Outpatient Suite and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Cavan General Hospital, which became operational last year.

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Gardai investigate suspected assault on boxer Nevin Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin is recovering in hospital today following a suspected vicious assault on him at a house in Mullingar earlier this morning, Saturday April 5.

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Wilson to appear on Late Late tonight Garda whistleblower John Wilson will tonight (Friday, April 4) appear on the Late Late Show.
Tubs will quiz the Cavan Town man on his life and times as he recovers from surgery for bowel cancer.
Mr Wilson, who exposed the Garda penalty points scandal has told The Anglo Celt that he was “lucky to be alive” and has urged people to get checked with their doctors for early signs of the killer disease.
Another Cavan connection is the appearance of Siva Kaneswaren from The Wanted.
The Kaneswarens are originally from Dublin, the family moved to Cavan over 10 years ago and mum Lily still resides in Arva.
The Late Late Show starts at 9.35pm on RTE1.

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Rapist tracked to Ballyconnell A convicted rapist has been tracked to Cavan after the serial criminal fled Dublin. Trevor Byrne has been living in an apartment in Ballyconnell and is being monitored 24/7 by gardai who fear he may re-offend.

On Monday, The Irish Daily Star reported that he was living in a B&B in the north inner city after his release from the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.
Byrne was then moved to Ballyconnell and sources yesterday confirmed to The Anglo-Celt that he is present in the town and under watch.

The serial criminal and drug addict, of O’Devanny Gardens off the North Circular Road, has only spent mere hours out of prison in the last 20 years and gardai are fearful he may strike again. He was released after being convicted of an attempted burglary in Phibsboro, Dublin in September of 2009.

The habitual offender followed a woman home on the northside of the capital and forced himself into her house before bringing her upstairs. The terrified woman managed to alert a housemate and Byrne fled the scene. That attack happened less than 24 hours after being released from prison for another crime.


It is not Byrne’s first time in the county. In 1998, he and six other heroin addicts went on a crime spree in the county involving crashing stolen cars, narcotics and robberies. The gang were caught by gardai and apologised to a court in Ballyjamesduff for “all the annoyance caused to the people of Cavan and Monaghan and the gardai”.

In 2005, he was handed a prison sentence for attacking a Filipino nurse and threatening to slash her throat. When that attack occurred he had just completed a prison term for a heinous crime committed in the nineties. He was handed a 15-year sentence for the rape of an 18-year-old girl. He hit the teen with a brick and told her he had to kill her.

Separetly, a sex offender who went missing for 75 days was traced to the county and arrested on Monday. The Celt understands that 45-year-old Lorcan Halton is in custody after authorities traced him to Cavan and arrested him last night.

He was last seen getting on board a ferry on Thursday, January 9, bound for Belfast. The Celt further understands he had been living in the Loch Gowna area, where he is originally from. A hunt for Halton, from the Saracen area of Glasgow, was launched after he failed to appear at court in January.

However, police and prosecutors have so far refused to reveal details of his crimes or why he was due in court, according to the Scottish Daily Record. Scottish police appealed on Monday for the public's assistance after extensive inquiries initially proved unsuccessful. The public were warned at the time not to approach him.

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Sex offender arrested in Cavan A sex offender who went missing for 75 days has been traced to the county and arrested.

The Anglo Celt understands that 45-year-old Lorcan Halton is in custody after authorities traced him to Cavan and arrested him last night.

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Health paper is 'half-baked, very late and fundamentally flawed' Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD says the Government’s White Paper on Universal Health Insurance is not the path towards universal healthcare.]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0100 News CEVA-Aventas transport agreement cancelled An agreement put in place between transport and logistics company CEVA and the former Quinn Group, rebranded Aventas, regarding the haulage side of its business has been cancelled.

The news was confirmed by an Aventas spokesperson late this afternoon Tuesday, April 1.

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Tom Duffy circus rejects claims that its animals are poorly treated ahead of Cavan visit Tom Duffy's traditional Irish Circus has rejected criticism from animal rights group ARAN that its animals are poorly-treated. The circus is due to visit Cavan Town's Ring Road site from Wednesday, April 2 to Sunday, April 6, as part of its 2014 tour.

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Whistleblowers' latest: Claims judge put pressure on Wilson to withdraw allegations The Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, has said that he is seeking legal advice over claims that a judge put pressure on Garda whistleblower John Wilson to withdraw allegations against a senior member of the force.

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