AN elderly Irish priest has been removed from his ministry in Minnesota, US, following serious allegations of child sex abuse.
The Diocese of Duluth announced that Fr Cornelius Kelleher, originally from Co Cork, "has recently been credibly accused in the sexual abuse of a minor female". The offences are said to have taken place in the 1970s and 1980s.
BORD NA GCON REVIEW
THE semi-state company that runs the Irish greyhound racing industry, Bord na gCon, is to undergo a review of its administration and finances.
Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes has invited the submission of tenders to carry out the independent review of Bord na gCon, also known as the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB). Earlier this year, greyhound board director Brendan Moore wrote to Mr Hayes raising concerns over the company's finances, saying its tracks lost €1.1m last year and that it had combined debts of more than €30m.
ACTOR LAID TO REST
A large crowd of mourners attended the funeral of 47-year-old actor Gerry McCann whose body was found on Dollymount Beach, Dublin, last week after he went missing in late September.
The funeral took place yesterday morning at St Anne's Church in Portmarnock. Mr McCann was being treated for anxiety at the time of his disappearance.
HOSPITAL PAYS &EURO;1.25M
AN 11-year old girl with cerebral palsy has secured a €1.25m interim payment to cover her care for the next three years as part of a settlement of her High Court action over alleged negligence during her birth.
The court heard Jessica McNeilis was spastic quadriplegic and had to use a wheelchair. She sued the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, through her mother Louise McNeilis of Belcoo, Ardara, Co Donegal.
NORAH QUITS AS CEO
BROADCASTER and businesswoman Norah Casey is to step down as CEO of her publishing company. The head of Harmonia Publishers will make the move after a decade at the helm of the company, which she set up with her late husband, Richard Hannaford.
Ms Casey said the decision would give her time to concentrate fully on her media career, which she says gave her a renewed energy following the death of Richard after a short illness in October 2011. The mum of one will hand over the role to her brother, Ciaran Casey, after deciding that the company needed somebody who would "love it every day".