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Constitutional right to environmental protection

Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has welcomed the High Court’s recognition of environmental rights in the Irish Constitution. In a judgement today (Tuesday), Mr Justice Barrett recognised for the first time a constitutional right to environmental protection “that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large”. In his judgement, Mr Justice Barrett said that such a right “is an essential condition for the fulfilment of all human rights”. The Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – views the judgement as a significant step forward for citizens’ rights and represents a special moment in Irish judicial history. The Pillar has previously called for a referendum to give a constitutional right to environmental protection to the people of Ireland in its submission for the Citizens’ Assembly on climate change. Michael Ewing, coordinator of the Environmental Pillar, said,”This recognition of environmental rights in the Irish Constitution should encourage politicians to take real long-term action to tackle environmental …

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€170k to repay loss suffered by the fraud

A Cratloe-based executive who was jailed for three years for stealing some €260,000 from the solicitor’s firm he previously worked for has agreed to have a receiver appointed over his pension fund. Monies in the fund, estimated to be approximately €170,000, will go towards repaying those who suffered loss by the fraudulent conduct of Garry Carroll. In 2012, Carroll admitted to multiple charges of theft, larceny and embezzlement before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court of from his employers Connolly Sellors, Geraghty Solicitors- now known as Keating Connolly Sellors. Carroll, who worked as a legal executive with the firm from 1978 to 2009, was sentenced to three years in prison. The court heard that the offences were committed over a 10-year period. Fifty-eight-year-old old Carroll, who lived in Limerick for many years but is now residing in Cratloe,said that his actions were due to a gambling problem. The firm brought civil proceedings against Carroll and obtained a judgement against him in 2014 …

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Ennis events to honour 1917 hunger strikers

THE descendants of the Clare volunteers who took part in hunger strikes in Mountjoy and Dundalk prisns in 1917 will travel from near and far to Ennis today for a special commemoration. The Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Committee have managed to track down the families of the Clare hunger strikers in time for the commemoration taking place this Sunday at the4 Peace Park neaqr Glór. According to Mary Crawford, chairperson of the committee, the families are “delighted” that their ancestors are to be remembered in their home county. “The committee is very pleased to have tracked the descendants of all of the hunger strikers from as far away as Sydney, Paris, the UK and nearer to home. The families have expressed their deep appreciation that their forebears are being commemorated in this way. “We’ve only just got in touch with the granddaughter of one of the hunger strikers, James Madigan, in Australia, who would have loved to have come to …

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Eimear’s remains to arrive home

IT is understood that the family of Eimear Noonan will return home from France this Thursday, after the Department of Justice in France issued a permit, enabling them to bring their 21-year-old daughter home. The young teacher from Caher in Killanena, a recent graduate of University College Cork,  the only daughter of Flan and Mary Noonan. She died tragically following a fall while out running in a public park in Annonay in the south of France were she was a teacher at Font Chevalier Primary School. Her funeral mass is expected to take place this Sunday at 12 noon. In a statement on social media, her brother and Clare U-21 hurler, Cathal, said the family would like to “thank all of those who have supported us in recent days”. He said, “French authorities have now confirmed to us the heartbreaking news that our beloved Eimear died, following a fall while running on Wednesday, November 8. “Eimear celebrated her 21st birthday in …

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Prison not recommended for mother in child neglect case

The Probation Services is recommending that a 22-year-old east Clare woman not be jailed concerning her neglect of a then five-month-old baby who suffered a catalogue of injuries including a skull fracture while in her care. At Ennis Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Gerald Keys said that the Probation Report on the woman recommends that she be placed under the supervision of the Probation Services for a period. Judge Keys said that the Probation Service report states that in order to assess the risk of re-offending, it was necessary for the services to have contact with the woman and that TUSLA staff engage with the Probation Service to ensure the safety and well being of the baby. In the case, the mother – then aged 19 – presented to her GP on February 13, 2015 in a distressed state with the baby as her daughter’s left arm wasn’t moving and she had bruising to her face. Her GP referred the …

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CAB operatioin ongoing in Clare

A number of searches are currently under way in Counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary led by members of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The searches are being conducted as part of ongoing investigations into the purchase of land, vehicles and other assets by organised criminal groups based in the region. The operation is being led by Bureau Officers assisted by members of the Regional Support Unit and local Gardaí. Searches have are been carried out a number of locations including private residences and business premises. Documentation, mobile phones, devices and computer equipment have been seized. There are no arrests planned during this phase of the investigation.

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Clare woman had €500,000 winning ticket for a month

A Co Clare woman was sitting on a winning €500,000 EuroMillions plus ticket for a month before she realised there was a chance she could be a winner. It was only through a casual conversation at home that she learned the winning ticket was purchased at Barry’s Mace Store in Ardnacrusha, where she played EuroMillions on October 6 last. The winner, who arrived at National Lottery at the weekend, with her large family to collect her cheque, revealed she is not a regular player of Lottery games. “I was in the car on October 6 when I heard that night’s EuroMillions jackpot was €190m so I pulled into the nearest shop to buy a ticket,” she said. “I heard the following day that the jackpot was won in Spain, so I didn’t even bother checking the results. I didn’t know anything about a €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize. “Despite the fact there was a lot of talk over the weeks of …

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Killaloe crash victim dies from injuries

The occupant of a vehicle which was involoved in a crash near Killaloe last week has died in hospital from his injuries. The fatal traffic accident occurred between 4.05am and 4.12am on Tuesday morning, November 7 last in the townland of Cloonfadda which is not too far from Clarisford on the Killaloe to Limerick Road. The car contained five occupants which were all injured in the crash and removed to University Hospital Limerick. Unfortunately one of the occupant’s injuries were so severe that he later died. Gardai in Killaloe are investigating the circumstances surrounding this accident and are appealing for information from any person who may have witnessed the accident or who has any information concerning this car and its occupants either before or after the accident.

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