Friday 31 October 2014

Action on farm deaths

Barry's letter for sale

Published 30/06/2014 | 02:30

AGRICULTURE Minister Simon Coveney has admitted that efforts to reduce the number of farm deaths aren't working. He has called for "a comprehensive response" to the high number of fatalities.

Speaking after the inaugural Embrace FARM (Farming Accidents Remembered and Missed) prayer service in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, Mr Coveney said there were more people losing their lives on farms than in the rest of workplaces altogether.

A poignant farewell letter from teenage revolutionary Kevin Barry to his mother on the eve of his infamous execution will go under the hammer tomorrow.

The heartbreaking letter was penned before his hanging at Mountjoy Prison on November 1, 1920, for the fatal shooting of three British officers. It is among 750 items that will be auctioned from Co Kilkenny-based Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers at Dublin's Clyde Court Hotel in Ballsbridge. The letter is expected to fetch between €800 and €1,200.

FOUR separate investigations are expected to be undertaken after two Ryanair jets collided on the ground at Stansted Airport early on Saturday.

While both aircraft were carrying passengers, no one was injured when the jets clipped each other at 6.50am.

THE summer sun is set to hang around for a few more days. Forecasters say that this week will bring mostly dry weather with temperatures in the low twenties.

They will reach a peak of 23C on Wednesday.

THE mother of a child who was sexually abused when she was a toddler has called for her daughter's attacker to be extradited back to Ireland to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Child sex abuser Garry Clyde (20) appeared before a court in Scotland this week on assault charges, breaching the terms of his sentencing. Clyde was released from prison in November, just seven months after he received two concurrent five-year jail terms for each count of sexually assaulting the girl.

A TODDLER who has spent almost his entire life in hospital has gone home for good, much to his family's delight, writes Danielle Stephens.

Liam Mac an tSaoi (3), from Clonberne in Galway, has gone through 15 life-saving operations since being born 17 weeks premature in 2010.

Irish Independent

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