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Joe Keegan

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Joe Keegan Auburn, Dublin Road, Athlone.

Tuesday 25th April peacefully.

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, The Strand tomorrow evening (Thur) from half past four with removal at twenty to seven to St. Mary’s Church arriving at seven o’clock.

Requiem Mass on (Fri) morning at half past ten followed by burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

Trial of TD accused of false imprisonment of Joan Burton opens

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The trial has opened of Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and six others who are accused of falsely imprisoning the former Tánaiste Joan Burton.

They’re also accused of falsely imprisoning her adviser during a water charge protest at Jobstown in Dublin 24 in 2014.

Opening the case on behalf of the prosecution, Sean Gillane said the charges arose from events surrounding a graduation ceremony which Joan Burton attended as Tánaiste in Jobstown in Dublin on Nov 15th 2014.

He said a number of people followed her towards a local church where she was due to give a speech. He said there was a fair amount of shouting and things like water balloons and eggs were thrown at her.

While trying to leave the area, he said it will be alleged that the unmarked car Ms. Bruton and her adviser were moved to was surrounded and unable to move.

He said it will be alleged that the same thing happened when they were transferred to a Garda jeep and that they were effectively “trapped” for several hours.

He said they were only able to leave after making a run for two other Garda vehicles.

The seven accused, which includes Solidarity TD Paul Murphy and two Solidarity Councillors, deny two charges of false imprisonment.

 

PODCAST: Syrians’ views on life in Ballaghaderreen

Asylum-seekers resting in the Abbeyfield Hotel Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen

One month after their arrival in Ballaghaderreen, several of the Syrian asylum-seekers have spoken to Shannonside FM of their mixed views of life at the Abbeyfield Hotel Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre.

A total of 137 Syrians are based there, with another 30 arriving in two weeks’ time.

Eoghan Murphy visited the centre and four asylum-seekers voiced mixed views on the centre.

Here’s the report from Wednesday’s Let’s Talk.

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Kathleen Seery (nee O’Dowd)

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Kathleen Seery (nee O’Dowd) 6 Beechpark West, Athlone.

Tuesday 25th April peacefully.

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, The Strand on (Fri) evening from five o’clock with removal at seven o’clock to Our Lady’s Queen of Peace Church, Coosan arriving at half past seven.

Requiem Mass on Saturday at twelve noon followed by burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

Gardai vote to be allowed have beards at GRA conference

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Rank and File Gardai are calling on the Garda Commissioner to change the rules in order for them to be allowed have beards.

The motion was passed at the GRA conference in Galway by a landslide, with just one person voting against.

Currently, only those with a medical cert are allowed go unshaven, but neat moustaches are permitted.

Elsewhere,

The Garda Representative Association has shot down plans being considered by the Road Safety Authority to link fines to the driver’s salary.

The RSA says it’s considering the plan, but that it’s far too early to discuss.

But the GRA says it’s not the way to go to improve road safety.

Syrian feels ‘under arrest’ in Ballaghaderreen

The Syrian asylum-seekers relaxing in the Abbeyfield Hotel Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen (Photo: Google Maps)

Syrian asylum-seekers who are staying at an Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre in Ballaghaderreen have expressed mixed views on life in the town a month on from their arrival.

Speaking to Shannonside FM this week, one man claims he feels ‘under arrest’ in the town, but others are more positive about life in ireland.

About a month ago, a total of 137 Syrian asylum-seekers arrived in the Abbeyfield Hotel Eroc in groups and another 30 are set to arrive in about two weeks’ time.

Speaking to Shannonside FM yesterday, a number of them expressed varying views on the centre.

Ahmad Samer Fakash, who studied electrical engineering in Syria before arrived here, is particularly unhappy, describing himself as feeling ‘under arrest’ in the town.

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Ahmad Al Yousef, who studied applied chemistry in university in Aleppo, is similarly bored in Ballaghaderreen.

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However, 20-year-old Ghassan Shamet, who is separated from his family in Syria, is far more positive about Ballaghaderreen.

http://www.shannonside.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/GhassanNews.mp3

 

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