Anglo Celt | News Headlines Latest from the online edition en-gb Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:54:57 +0000 Copyright (C) 2014 Celtic Media Group 76 Anglo Celt | News Headlines Virginia’s singing talent could be X Factor bound A fifteen year-old singing sensation from Virginia has got the thumbs up in Dublin auditions for the new X Factor series, and is awaiting word on whether she can progress to a possible meeting with Simon Cowell.

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Ban on smoking e-cigarettes at Cavan health facilities The HSE has announced it is banning the use of e-cigarettes in all health service facilities, including hospitals in the county and across the country from May 1. From Thursday next week the use of e-cigarettes will not be permitted in any HSE building or on any HSE Tobacco-Free Campus.

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Ploughing Championships the first hurdle in loy-digger’s bid for three All-Irelands When someone describes a ridge of hand ploughed soil as “a sculpture” you know they’re passionate about it. 

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Brendan could be celebrating in Voice final this Sunday Despite being the bookies’ favourite to win The Voice of Ireland there were no hints of nerves when the Celt caught up with Brendan McCahey early yesterday morning (Tuesday).

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Postmasters encouraged by Minister’s comments on opportunities for post offices The Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU) today said it was encouraged by Minister Rabbitte’s comments on opportunities for Post Offices, during a Primetime special last night.

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ESB meter-tampering doubles in four years Seven individuals were fined a total of €16,000 between them by Judge Sean MacBride when convicted of tampering with their electricity supply meters at Cavan District Court recently. 

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Lakeland Dairies’ revenues up 15% on last year - annual report Business development and buoyant world dairy markets helped to increase Lakeland Dairies’ revenues by a reported 15% last year, a performance which has been welcomed by the co-operative’s head as “very satisfactory”.

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Cavan Crystal up for sale The Cavan Crystal Hotel has been put up for sale.
The luxury hotel is on the Dublin Road and is described by selling agents Savills as a 'purpose-built four-star hotel, featuring 85 spacious bedrooms, restaurant and bars’.
It is a leading wedding venue with conference and banqueting facilities and is home to the leisure club, comprising swimming pool and fully-equipped gym with around 500 members.
Additional hotel facilities include 'a large, vacant showroom and a separate industrial unit to the rear of hotel’.
The hotel serves a large, local area 'thereby benefitting from a strong mix of corporate and leisure business’ and is described as 'profitable’ with 'strong existing trade with excellent further growth potential’.

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Traveller accommodation programme approved Cavan County Council aims to accommodate 39 Traveller families, with provision for seven more, through local authority housing services over the next four years.
At their recent monthly meeting the council heard that there was no need for a permanent or transient halting site in the county, identifed under the Traveller Accommodation Programme 2014-18, as approved by the elected members.
The Accommodation Programme seeks to address the current and future accommodation needs of the Travelling Community in the county, as well as their social, economic and cultural development.
The programme was drawn up with the support of elected members, the council executive and Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement.
As of November, 2012, 161 traveller families were recorded as living in Cavan, 59 in social housing, 23 in group housing, 14 under the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and 65 in private rented housing. As of 2013, 39 families were on the council’s housing list.
The programme, which received and considered submissions from the Irish Traveller Movement and Cavan Traveller Movement, will address the accommodation needs of Travellers up to the end of 2018.

Needs identified
Standard housing was the main need identified in the Assessment of Housing Accommodation 2013.
The former programme, which ran from 2009-13, estimated the need for 30 standard local authority houses for Travellers, however, the programme was called upon to provide accommodation for 37.
These included group housing, standard housing and assistance on the RAS, with the majority of travellers assisted in the Cavan area.
Up to 2018, The council expect to provide accommodation for up to 46 families.
The majority are to be located in the Cavan Town area, 27 in standard housing, two in standard or Traveller-specific housing and one in standard housing or RAS.
The provision for two families to move into the Bailieborough and Cootehill areas has been earmarked, one in Belturbet and four elsewhere around the county.
However, anecdotal evidence was recorded as a result of research carried out by the Cavan Traveller Movement which indicated that a number of applicants would opt for Traveller Specific Accommodation rather than Standard Housing as recorded in the recent assessment.
Assistance will also be given, where possible, towards private accommodation in the form of annuity loans, caravan loans and grants.
The majority of Travellers identified in the Assessment of Need by the committee are currently accommodated in private, rented accommodation.
Where possible the council says it will deliver specific tenancy training and support for Traveller families who are allocated houses and has employed two caretakers who are responsible for the operation and maintenance of Traveller specific accommodation, including Group Housing.

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Thieves posing as Council staff target West Cavan OAP Gardaí, the Council and community representatives are warning locals in isolated locations around the county to be vigilant against unsolicited persons calling to their homes. 

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No sign of end to poor border phone coverage “The problem is here and the problem is real," said Cllr Sean Smith referring to the quality of phone coverage in the border region. "It was bad after the G8 took place but it is now a major problem.”

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€100k project underway at Cavan Lawn Tennis Club Work is about to commence this week in the construction of two new Padel courts at Cavan Lawn Tennis Club. Many people will never have heard of this new racquet sport. Padel is in fact the fastest growing racquet sport in the world right now. 

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'Make it an offence to pay for sex' - Council In one of its last ever functions, Cavan Town Council has unanimously passed a motion calling for legislation to make it a criminal offence to pay for sex. Proposed by Labour councillor Des Cullen, the motion was forwarded to him by the Waterford-based 'Men’s Development Network’. It is one of 70 organisations throughout Ireland driving the 'Turn Off The Red Light’ campaign, which is calling for legislation to help end sex trafficking, abuse and exploitation.
A number of brothels have been closed down by gardai in Cavan Town in recent years. The motion is to be forwarded to the Minister for Justice.
Commenting on the motion which calls for legislation to outlaw paying for sex, Cllr Cullen said: “I think it is something that is happening everywhere across the country - unfortunately there are women and girls being trafficked.”
He pointed out that the law, as it stands, makes it an offence for women to be involved in prostitution, but there are no penalties for the men who pay for sex. He agreed with campaigners that the fear of such men “being named and shamed” would act as a real deterrent.
Rebecca Beegan, MDN campaign co-ordinator said she was delighted with Cavan Town Council’s support, and pointed out that last June, the Oireachtas Justice Committee unanimously backed the introduction of such laws against the buyers of sex. “The figures speak for themselves, 800 women for sale online everyday according to gardaí and 19 children found in 'commercial sex’ in Ireland in 2012, according to the US State Department in its annual 'Trafficking in Persons’ report. We are asking all local politicians to ensure that the new term will not be marked by continuing debates but with real action,” said Ms Beegan.

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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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ANGLO IRISH TRIAL: The difference between Maple Ten and Quinn loans explained The sentence hearing of former Anglo Irish Bank directors Pat Whelan and William McAteer will take place on April 28th following their conviction on charges of providing illegal lending to the Maple Ten for a share support scheme.

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Former Anglo directors to be sentenced on April 28 The sentence hearing of former Anglo Irish Bank directors Pat Whelan and William McAteer will take place on April 28 following their conviction on charges of providing illegal lending to the Maple Ten for a share support scheme.

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Two former Anglo executives found GUILTY, but not of Quinn charges Former Anglo Irish Bank directors Pat Whelan and William McAteer have been convicted of providing illegal lending to the Maple Ten for a share support scheme.

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Jury begin fifth day of deliberations in trial against two former Anglo executives The jury has begun a fifth day of deliberations in the trial of two former Anglo Irish Bank executives after yesterday acquitting former chairman Sean FitzPatrick.

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Rapist tracked to Ballyconnell back behind bars The convicted rapist who had been tracked to Ballyconnell is back behind bars.
Trevor Byrne (36) with a prebious address at O’Devaney Gardens in north inner city Dublin was, two weeks ago, tracked down to the Cavan Town but will be in custody for at least two weeks after allegedly breaching the conditions of a suspended sentence.

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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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Opening of new CF unit a 'historic, watershed’ moment Seamus Enright

“It feels safe,” is how the mother of a child with Cystic Fibrosis described the dedicated new outpatient suite at Cavan General Hospital, which was officially opened by Minister James Reilly last Friday. The suite comprises the first part of phased infrastructure to be delivered at the hospital, aimed at overhauling and improving care services on site for persons living with life-threatening respiratory illnesses.
CF campaigner Lorraine O’Neill, whose daughter Mia lives with CF, and whose Run DMC 4 CF fundraising initiative part funded the provision of the new unit, told The Anglo-Celt: “When I bring Mia in here now, she’s straight up to the room. She’s not walking around the hospital, she’s not playing with other kids and I’m not left sitting here a nervous wreck thinking 'what’s she going to get, what’s she going to pick up?’ She’s safe now.”
Lorraine also encouraged anyone attending the hospital to go see the unit itself “go see it’s there and that their money, no matter how much they gave, was used to provide something real.”
Raymond Dunne, chairperson of the local branch of CF Ireland, said the opening was a “truly historic, watershed moment” for the 46 persons with CF living within 50 miles of Cavan Hospital and for the 26 persons who attend hospital. He also respectfully remembers the 28 persons who lived with the condition but who are no longer with us. He further paid tribute to those within the HSE associated with this project, to the nurses and doctors, and to the branch members, both past and present, who strived tirelessly over the years to improve care conditions at the hospital for CF patients.
Cavan is second highest in terms of prevalence of CF in the country and the new unit contains two out-patient treatment rooms with a separate designated area for CF patients to receive care and treatment, thus reducing the risk of cross infection. The project was a joint initiative between Cavan and Monaghan Hospital and the Cavan Branch of CF Ireland, with phases two and three seeking to provide for inpatient units for both adult and paediatric patients with CF.
Mr Dunne also praised Minister Reilly for his support for the cause of better care services for CF patients, like his introduction of the life-changing Kalydeco drug last year.
In cutting the ribbon on the unit, Minister Reilly said: “This new facility will improve the quality of life for CF patients in Cavan and in the surrounding areas by facilitating ambulatory daycare as close to home as possible. It is a welcome and positive development as it minimises the risk to CF patients of exposure to infection and will also reduce the need for CF inpatient admissions.”
Speaking to The Anglo-Celt after the unveiling, the Minister, while positive in the main towards the expansion of respiratory services at the hospital, remained coy in his commitment.
“I know that when one thing is provided that people tend to move onto the next thing, and that’s only natural and right. But we have to look at the overall model of care. We have to improve primary care and community care facilities so people don’t have to come into hospital as frequently as they have in the past.
“However, we are certainly keen to reward Cavan for the great work that has been done in meeting all its targets, by ensuring it has got the inpatient’s unit with capacity to deal with the increased population it now serves.
“I think at this point in time to say any more or anything else would be unfair,” he said.

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AIM system ‘open to abuse’ by meat factories
Alleged shortfalls in the system which guarantees beef traceability has left it vulnerable to possible misuse by meat factories around the country, an industry insider has told The Anglo-Celt.

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Jury's still out in trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives The jury in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives has entered its fourth day of deliberations.

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Easter Monday sees giant auto jumble in Virginia Sean McMahon

The Virginia-based Windmill Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club will host one of the largest auto jumbles and collectors’ fairs in many years, at the new Virginia Show Centre’s arena this Easter Monday.

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