Tributes to editor
TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of one of the country's most respected regional journalists.
Jim McGuire, of Kilmore Moy, Ballina, Co Mayo, has passed away after a short illness. He had been the editor of the 'Western People', the 'Western Journal', 'The Kerryman' and the 'Drogheda Independent'. 'Western People' editor James Laffey said: "Jim was one of the most distinguished figures in western journalism in the second half of the last century." He will be buried following Mass at 11am today at St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina.
FACELIFT FOR ICONIC CLOCK
ONE of Ireland's most iconic tourist attractions is to be repaired after a cash-strapped council secured funding.
Cork Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy confirmed that finance has now been put in place to repair the four-faced Shandon clock, which has been broken for seven months. It is expected to cost up to €100,000.
CIVIL SERVANT CHARGED
A SOCIAL welfare office worker has been charged with illegally accessing information and passing it to a third party in one of the first cases of its kind in the State.
Civil servant Rory Lenihan, (47), from Ballaghaderg, Illistrin, Co Donegal, is facing 64 charges. The offences are alleged to have taken place at the Department of Social Protection at Oliver Plunkett Road in Letterkenny between January and October 2008. Lenihan did not speak during his appearance at Letterkenny District Court. He was remanded on bail until July 28 to appear before Letterkenny Circuit Court.
LANGAN SELLS CAPS
A shamrock-shaped trophy and a golden cap presented to former Republic of Ireland international Dave Langan have sold for €800 at auction.
The trophy and cap were presented to him by the FAI in 1987. They were among 11 lots sold by Langan (57) for €3,250 at Graham Budd Auctions in London. Langan sold four caps for €1,900 and awards received from Birmingham City, Derby County and Oxford United for a total of €550.
A London-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Dublin after the crew reported smoke on board and a cracked windshield.
CityJet flight WX-118 had taken off shortly after 7.30am for London City airport with 48 passengers and four crew on board. The Avro RJ-85 jet was over the Irish Sea when a 'Pan Pan' emergency was declared. The flight landed safely shortly before 8am and passengers flew out on another service about an hour later.