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Leitrim CoCo joins fracking protest, Cavan meets tomorrow Ahead of tomorrow’s extraordinary meeting of Cavan County Council on fracking, Leitrim’s councillors have this morning (Thursday, July 31) unanimously condemned the actions of Tamboran Resources in pre-empting the start of drilling at a quarry in Co Fermanagh.

A full chamber of Cavan County Council will meet tomorrow (Friday, August 1) over US firm Tamboran’s proposal to drill samples from a quarry in Belcoo for gas analysis.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a highly industrial process involving pumping a mix of water, sand, shale and chemicals under huge pressure into gas-bearing rock for extraction of the fuel.

Tamboran describes itself as a ‘private international exploration company focused on finding and developing unconventional oil and gas resources in multiple basins around the world’.

Tamboran has already erected security fencing at the quarry on Gandrum Road and have sought a High Court injunction against protesters at the site.

The process has been widely criticised by protestors, who cite environmental and health dangers.

In a special meeting this morning, reports RTE, councillors stressed the need for unity between all parties in the fight against the introduction of hydraulic fracturing both north and south of the border.

The 18 members of Leitrim County Council voted to not only condemn the actions of Tamboran, but also voted to show their support for the people of Fermanagh by agreeing to join those protesting at the gates of the quarry.

There was widespread shock and condemnation over Tamboran’s recent move to the Belcoo quarry.

A number of councillors who have already attended the protest site, spoke of their anger over the installation of security fencing and razor wire.

Earlier this year, Leitrim passed a motion which saw hydraulic fracturing prohibited under the County Development Plan.

Questions are also being raised about the legality of any drilling on-site if the quarry is unlicensed.

Politicians north and south of the border are following up on this and it is hoped that further information will be forthcoming in the next few days.

Cavan County Council is also holding an emergency meeting on the same issue tomorrow and it is understood that Sligo County Council is considering holding a similar meeting next week.

Anti-fracking protesters have established a a community camp outside the quarry in Belcoo and are maintaining a 24-hour vigil at the gates of the quarry.

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Lotto win collected by mystery Cavan man A lucky young man from Cavan Town collected a cheque for €350,000 today at National Lottery offices in Dublin. 

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Former Anglo directors given community service Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank have been ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service for engaging in an illegal share support scheme.

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Rustlers target dairy heifers in Newbliss raid Damian McCarney

Cattle-rustlers stooped to a new low as they targeted 17 young dairy stock in a raid on a Newbliss farm last week.
The thieves struck at David Hall’s 10-acre farm, beside Killeevan Church of Ireland, a few miles from his Lissarley home, on the outskirts of Newbliss village.
Between David checking on his livestock at about 5pm on Tuesday afternoon and again at lunchtime on Wednesday the gang made off with 13 heifers and four bulls, mostly Jersey-Friesian crosses, and one Friesian-Hereford cross.
“I’m still kind of numbed, or stunned,” said David. “Angry, I suppose; completely shocked. I knew there was a risk of beef animals being stolen and slaughtered and processed immediately, but I never dreamt of young stock like that being a target.”
Gardaí from Monaghan attended the scene. Judging by wheel marks, David speculates that it was a truck rather than jeep and trailer which took them.
The rustlers cut fencing, which had cordoned off on a derelict house on the property, and turned a courtyard into an improvised loading bay. They discarded gates, also used to load the livestock, which didn’t belong to the Halls.
“Probably someone else around the country has gates missing,” he said.

David, who has been farming full-time for 10 years, and part-time a for further decade, has never been targeted by thieves before, and neither have his close neighbours.
“Not in the immediate area [have there been attacks], once you go five or six miles way from here, there’s been a few attacks but, again, [they were] all beef animals or older animals which would have been able to be slaughtered and processed - not wee small things like this.”
The loss will definitely be felt by David.
“Market value would be quite low, but the cost to me would probably be about €600 a head for the females alone because they are worth about €300 from when they are born. The bulls would be about half that.
“[I] calved them, got them reared safely and avoided all the pitfalls at that stage and had them out to grass and they were thriving well and starting to look like they were growing into something.”
While many dairy farmers are planning to expand with the end of quotas next spring, David will have to forge a recovery plan from this theft.

“They are my own stock, I reared them all from birth and they were only about six months old.
“I was keeping them for replacements, but I also would have had a surplus probably in two years’ time. I would have been keeping extras if the opportunity became available, or for selling on,” explained father-of-three David.
“I suppose I’ll probably try to manage with a few less for the next season or whatever - I know I don’t have the money to go out and replace them at the moment - that isn’t an option.”
The farm is close to the main road but there are no houses overlooking the property, and a country lane running nearby would seldom have vehicles on it at night time. The land was mostly used for silage, but a section of steep land was used for grazing. David is reluctant to have livestock on that field again.
“Yes, I don’t know what sort of animal you would put in that would be safe... I suppose it would make you very wary.”

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Almost €100K of cannabis found in woods Almost €100K in cannabis was found in a wood near Cootehill yesterday (July 29).

Gardai seized an estimated €96,000 worth of the plant after a planned search of the area yesterday at around 3pm at Drumgill townland, reports Northern Sound radio.

Some 120 plants, at various stages of growth, were discovered in a make-shift plastic tunnel. Heat lamps and drug paraphernalia were also discovered.

The scene was technically examined and samples have been sent to the forensic labs at Garda Headquarters for analysis but no arrests have yet been made.

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Shatter launches legal challenge over Guerin report The former minister for justice, Alan Shatter, has begun legal challenge aimed at quashing some findings of the Guerin report over Mr Shatter’s handling of claims by Garda whistleblower and Cavanman Maurice McCabe.

Mr Shatter alleges 'objective bias, absence of fair procedures' and 'indecent haste' against senior counsel Sean Guerin about how he compiled his report, which was critical of the then minister.

Mr Shatter resigned following publication of the report in May, in which his handling of Sgt McCabe’s claims of garda malpractice was strongly criticised.

Mr Shatter says he should have been interviewed before the report reached his conclusions because it affected his career and reputation.

Had he been interviewed, Mr Shatter said that would have shown he had not deferred to the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan’s view about the allegations by Sgt McCabe.

In the High Court this morning, reports The Irish Times, Patrick O’Reilly SC, for Mr Shatter, secured leave to bring a judicial review against Mr Guerin for orders quashing various findings in the report.

Among various claims, it is alleged the report was compiled in breach of principles of natural and constitutional justice and fair procedures. He has also alleged objective bias on the part of Mr Guerin.

It is also alleged, the terms of reference for the report did not entitle Mr Guerin to reach the conclusions he had and that there was failure to consider all the relevant documents, including documents from Mr Shatter and the Garda ombudsman's office.

It is alleged Mr Guerin regarded himself as bound by a fixed eight-week time limit and he should have, but failed, to take the additional time necessary for the report. It is alleged “indecent haste” in concluding the report led to errors, including alleged failure to fully engage with the process.

Mr O’Reilly said his side was also exhibiting legal advices given to the Attorney General which were given to Mr Guerin. These were not brought to Mr Shatter’s attention until after the report was concluded, Mr O’Reilly said.

Mountnugent man Sgt McCabe blew the whistle on the gardai's handling of a number of cases, including abduction, assault and a murder, that related to his time working in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda District.

Mr Shatter's case will not appear in the High Court again before October.

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Staff shortages, low morale could see industrial action at hospital Nurses and midwives at Cavan General Hospital could be balloted for industrial action over staff shortages next month if union chiefs give the go-ahead.
The move follows a series of meetings held between INMO (Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation) reps and senior hospital management in recent weeks, where concerns were expressed in relation to shortages in various areas of the hospital, including the Accident and Emergency Departments, Surgical and Medical.
Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of seeking permission to ballot for industrial action at the hospital and INMO chiefs say if low morale and an ever-increasing workload continues, it will have a serious, adverse affect on the level of patient care locally delivered.
Regional representative for the INMO in Cavan/Monaghan Tony Fitzpatrick has now submitted that request and is expecting a response “in the coming weeks”.
“The members voted in response to the level of short staffing being felt in Cavan, mainly in the Emergency Departments, Surgical 1 and 2, and Medical 1 and 2. But there are concerns from elsewhere in the hospital, too and we’ve written to management advising them of that,” he said.
“Our concerns are in relation to the well-being of our members, and we’ve highlighted to management that they have obligations to deal with this under the Health and Safety, and Welfare in Work Act to ensure a safe place of work for our members.”
Mr Fitzpatrick says members have reported becoming unwell as a direct result of the increased workload being placed on them. “They’re saying on their off-days, their down-time, they’re anxious about returning to work. That’s not right, that’s a serious situation.
“It’s very simple. If you reduce the number of nurses working with a cohort of patients it will, of course, negatively impact on the level of care being delivered. It means the patient might not get their medicines on time, that there’s an increased risk of falls, or an increased risk of post-op infection. “All of these are problems and the staff are saying at Cavan General Hospital that this is the reality of the current environment because they don’t have enough staff,” he said.

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€6.7M multi-storey “could be described as worthless”
The multi-storey ‘white elephant’ in Cavan Town, which is to be bought for around €6.7M next year, could be described as “worthless”, according to property insiders.

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‘City boy who embraced rural life’ - family The family of the local man Fran McKeon (58), who died tragically following a climbing accident in the Galway mountains at the weekend have said his finest tribute is in “all the wonderful people he knew”, and who have rallied by them at this difficult time.

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‘Doonaree’ composer to be remembered A commemorative plaque, in honour of local woman Eilis (Farrelly) Boland, who penned the song ‘Doonaree’ which went on to be sung by international stars such as Ruby Murray and Vera Lynn is to be unveiled next week.

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Turf wars continue on conserved South Cavan bog Some fifty people have continued to exercise their ‘traditional right’ to cut turf on their bank Clareisland Moneybeg bog on the Cavan-Westmeath border - despite its designation as a Special Area of Conservation (SPA). 

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Boy (14) assaulted, knocked unconscious at youth disco A 14-year-old boy was hospitalised with concussion and kept overnight after he was assaulted at a teenage disco in west Cavan at the weekend.
After a complaint of assault, Gardai say they are now following a definite line of enquiry in connection with the incident which occurred at Sleeper’s Niteclub in Templeport last Friday night, July 25.
The young boy, The Anglo-Celt understands, suffered concussion as a result of the suspected assault. He was cared for at the scene by trained medical staff until the emergency services arrived and was taken to Cavan General Hospital for further treatment.
Gardai at this stage are unaware of whether an item was used in the course of the assault being committed, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward on the matter.
The monthly, alcohol-free youth disco, operated by the Templeport Resource Centre and local GAA, attracts large crowds from across Cavan and surrounding areas, including from neighbouring counties in Leitrim and Fermanagh.
The young boy was kept overnight for examination at Cavan General before being released the following day. He is said to be recovering well.

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Inaction over Gaza crisis slammed by Smith New Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys has said that the Dáil will not be re-convened over the Gaza crisis, which a Cavan TD says is an atrocity.

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Nurses to ballot for industrial action ‘in coming weeks’ Providing the Executive Council at nursing union, Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) give the go-ahead, members working at Cavan General Hospital could be balloted for the possibility of industrial action as soon as next month.

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Former councillor had poster up two months after election A former councillor will not be fined for still having a poster up over two months after the local election.
Bailieborough’s John O’Hare lost his seat in the May 23 elections, after which the Department of Environment allowed seven days to take down posters.
An eagle-eyed member of the public spotted the poster “opposite the piggery at Tullyinchin, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill” and emailed the Celt with the handle 'Laragh Resident’. The file date on when the photo was taken was Saturday, July 26 - over two months after the election.
“I am very disappointed to see this up as the election was at the end of May, and this poster shows if nothing else the candidates complete disrespect for the environment. These posters are very harmful to the environment and it is very disappointing to see them left there and not being recycled or disposed respectfully,” the emailer said.
Mr O’Hare said it was a “genuine oversight” and that when he was notified of the poster on Monday, July 28, he went to remove it himself only to find it had already been taken down by the council.
The fine for the offence on the first day of ban on election material was €150.
The Anglo-Celt contacted the Department for the Environment to see if the fine increased as the amount of time passed but received no response at the time of going to print.
A spokesperson for Cavan County Council, however, said the former councillor would not be fined:
“[The] Council have spoken with the former councillor and it was his understanding that all posters were taken down – this poster was an oversight and in the circumstance the council do not consider it appropriate to issue a fine.”

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Post mortem does not indicate foul play in Lough Ramor drowning A post mortem was carried out this morning on the remains of a man who drowned in Lough Ramor on Friday evening. 

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Ten declared bankrupt so far this year in counties Cavan and Monaghan There have been ten bankruptcies in counties Cavan and Monaghan so far this year compared to 40 in all of Dublin with a population of 1.4m, according to the Personal Insolvency Practitioner (PIP) for Cavan, Mark Reilly, a partner in KBG Chartered Accountants. There have been none in Longford or Roscommon or Leitrim. Nationally, there were 164 bankruptcies so far this year with predictions that there should be around 400 in total by end of the year. 

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Hundreds turn out for protest as Tamboran move to drill a test borehole “It has happened,” says Blacklion GP Dr Carroll O’Dolan explaining the large turnout at a hastily convened anti-fracking protest on Monday evening. “And it is not something that might happen in Lancashire or might happen on video footage from Queensland or Alberta or Pennsylvannia - it’s happening in their own little townland, in their own village, in their own community. It is a physical reality of what we’ve been saying will come."

]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:21:00 +0100 News
Judge orders further autopsy tests in Cavan nanny trial Seamus Enright

A judge hearing an application in the first-degree murder case of Lavey-nanny Aisling McCarthy Brady (35) in Boston has given permission to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to carry out a series of tests on the body of baby Rehma Sabir to see of the child had suffered abuse prior to her death.
Middlesex Superior Court Judge Maureen B Hogan handed down her ruling last Wednesday on the application, which the Cavan woman’s defence have been pressing for some time.
Mrs McCarthy Brady’s legal team have been trying to gain access to baby Rehma’s remains, which are in the “sole and exclusive custody” of prosecutors for past 18 months, stating if properly examined it could uncover evidence, which could exonerate their client.
Attorneys Melinda Thompson and David Meier successfully argued in their memorandum in support of the post-autopsy procedure that they wished to take into account and conduct a comprehensive medical evaluation and examination “of all the medical evidence in the case, rather than perform a piece-meal review of individual items of evidence”.
Judge Hogan’s order allows for Dr Maria Cohen, a defence expert, to be present when the procedure takes place.
Baby Rehma (1) died on her birthday on January 14 last year. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as “blunt force head injuries” and the manner of death as “homicide” and “not accidental”, though a skeletal survey revealed “multiple old and healing fractures” to her spine, left forearm and left leg, some possibly as old as two months.
Ms McCarthy Brady, who was the child’s nanny, and living illegally in the US at the time, has been in custody since she was first arrested in connection with baby Rehma’s death.
She is currently detained without bail at Framington State Prison near the city of Boston and her trial is not expected to take place until October later this year.
A hearing on her legal team’s motion to suppress evidence in the case is scheduled for August 6.

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Granard Ulster Bank closure won’t be reversed Sean McMahon in Granard

The closure of the Ulster Bank branch in Granard is going ahead at the end of November and, despite strong representations from a delegation of public representatives and local business people at a meeting with the regional manager yesterday morning (Tuesday) at the branch, the decision won’t be reversed.
In a statement to The Anglo-Celt, Ulster Bank confirmed that Granard branch is closing by the end of November 2014, with customers being transferred to the Longford branch. 
“We will also be writing directly to customers of that branch in the coming weeks to inform them of alternative branch locations in their area and the range of banking services available on their mobiles, online and via telephone. There will be no additional job losses as a result of this announcement,” added the statement.
When the members delegation came out from the 90-minute meeting with the Ulster Bank regional manager, Colm Furlong, they spoke to The Anglo-Celt.
Fine Gael Deputy, James Bannon, expressed his huge disappointment at the meeting about the decision of the management of Ulster Bank to move out of Granard. “They gave us no indication whatsoever that they would reverse their decision to move out of Granard. We expressed our annoyance on behalf of the business community, the elderly citizens and many other people living in the surrounding parishes of Granard who over the years have supported this branch. Three or four generations of people have supported this branch and people are feeling very annoyed that it is to close at the end of October/early November,” he said.


Deputy Bannon pointed out that the town of Granard has the cattle mart and people who don’t do a lot of banking on the internet and broadband is very patchy in the area and there are a huge number of people who don’t avail of banking on line.
He added that they were given a commitment that the Ulster Bank branch in Edgeworthstown is not going to close. “They said it was going very well and since the bypass was constructed there, banking has increased in the Edgeworthstown area.”
They also gave a commitment that they would liaise with local businesses in relation to the provision of ATM machines and other banking services in business in the town.
Fianna Fáil deputy Robert Troy said the only commitment that they gave at the meeting was that they were not going to change the closure decision and it would not be rescinded.
Deputy Troy said they then concentrated on having proper alternatives put in place for the discommoded customers and ensure that there are ATM facilities in the town. They also sought a commitment from the regional manager that the bank would speak to all the individual businesses and ascertain what supports could be put in place for them.
“It is very disappointing to think that a service and a facility that has had the support of Granard and the wider area for in excess of 140 years will no longer be there from the end of October. It just came down to the bottom line – profit and loss – it is more profitable for them as an organisation and a company to close the doors. I suppose they don’t have a sense of loyalty to the people who have been loyal to them for the last number of years, which is disappointing. The decision has been made and it is now important that the staff of Ulster Bank do engage with the people, to see how they can support them going forward,” he said.

Devastating news

Pascal Masterson, Masterson Electrical, said it was devastating news and the bank has been in the town for the past 145 years through thick and thin. He said they would be striving to get the banks to work with the post offices. He said that was discussed at the meeting and they said they had no facilities for that at present.
The chief executive of Kiernan Milling, Ciaran Nally, told The Anglo-Celt that his read on the situation after the meeting was that bank will close. 
“In the business I am looking after, we do a lot of online banking anyway but I can well understand the concerns of the people of Granard. When people leave this town to do their lodgements and their business, they will bring their business elsewhere and Granard will then suffer. That is shocking with the amount of empty buildings in town today. Take a few more out of it and it becomes a ghost town,” he remarked.
Kiernan Milling employs 60 people and with drivers on top of that, the figure is over 100 and a lot of them would be banking in Granard. “It is easier for them to take time out of their working day to come in here. Where will they go if they can’t come in here to do their banking? They will take their business elsewhere,” suggested Mr Nally. 
Local councillors, Michael Carrigy (FG) and PJ Reilly (FF) also expressed this disappointment that the branch closure is to go ahead. Cllr Reilly: “When we asked why Granard was selected (for closure) as a thriving business in the community, the reason they gave was that it was being serviced by Edgeworthstown, by Longford, Arva, Ballyjamesduff and there was a wide rural community there that could transfer to any branch.” 
When asked what alternative they were providing for Granard, they said that they were willing to research in regard to putting an ATM machine in the town. “We did request that the ATM be one of the modern one’s that would be able to take lodgements. They said they will negotiate with business people in the town to try to find a suitable location for an ATM machine,” he added.

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Gardai investigate Ballyduff Tiger kidnapping Gardai are appealing for information on a Tiger-style kidnapping and robbery in Ballyjamesduff that happened overnight.

The disturbing incident happened at around 1.45am this morning, when three masked men armed with handguns, entered a house at Lehery, Crosserlough. The owner of Centra in Ballyjamesduff, his brother and partner were tied up and taken to a disused quarry on the outskirts of Ballyjamesduff.

Before the three were taken to the quarry, one of the masked men threatened the business owner and took his keys and codes to the the Centra safe.

The shopowner, his brother and partner remained captive at the quarry for 20 minutes while one of the raiders robbed the safe, making off with a substantial amount of cash, thought to be in the region of tens of thousands of euro.

The three managed to free themselves around 3.45am. Gardai say the men spoke with Dublin accents, were wearing black, and had their faces covered with ski masks.

One of the men is described as having a slim build while the other two are described as being broad.

A technical examination of the shop, quarry and private home in Crosserlough is continuing and no one was seriously injured during the raid. The father of the shop owner was sleeping upstairs at the house at the time but wasn’t harmed during the ordeal.

Local councillor Paddy Smith said the community was "shocked and saddened" by the incident.

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Cootehill resident, who smothered elderly man with pillow, pleads guilty to manslaughter A man being tried for the murder of an elderly man in a psychiatric unit in Cavan General Hospital has changed his plea to guilty of manslaughter.

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Psychiatrist tells murder trial that defendant couldn't help himself A psychiatrist has told the trial of a man charged with murdering an elderly man in a psychiatric unit that the accused was unable to refrain from killing the deceased because of medication withdrawal.

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Family affair in Mullahoran final win Seamus Enright

Mullahoran ladies’ Intermediate Final win at the weekend took on an interesting slant for the victors. Not only did the team celebrate as team-mates but many did so as a family, too, with no fewer than nine members related to each other including a mother and her four daughters.
The winners defeated St Finbarrs 2-11 to 1-7 to claim the county title at Kingspan Breffni Park at the weekend.
As Monica Sheridan (51) lifted the cup, she was surrounded by her daughters: Louise, Mona, Geraldine and Aishling. “It was a great moment, a lovely moment. We all love our football here.”
Fellow team-mates and family members on the panel include two nieces Una Brady and Julie-Ann Sheridan, while Monica’s husband, Gerry, who trains the Cavan ladies team, also had two nieces on the team in Kate Smith and Laura Sheridan (all team family members above).
“There were a lot of nerves in the house that morning, running around looking for socks and I was trying to keep the peace,” says Monica, who admits being a 'mammy’ both on and off the pitch.
Monica, who has a long career of playing football for club and county, however intends on hanging up her boots after the Ulster Championship, which the Mullahoran ladies face next.
“There are some wonderful young footballers coming through in Mullahoran now. It’s their turn now. They’re a great team of girls with a bit of luck we can keep going a bit further in the rounds ahead.”

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