Saturday 25 January 2020

Death of councillor

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Cllr Fergie Kehoe following his tragic death. The Wexford councillor was found dead in his home on Saturday morning.

Mr Martin described him as "a man of outstanding integrity" who was "well respected by people across all sides of the political divide.

"He was born and reared in Wexford and was always a great champion for the town. He made a significant contribution to public life in Wexford."

Mr Kehoe's funeral takes place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wexford tomorrow.

Samaritan calls rise

The Samaritans have answered 1.2 million calls for help in the last two years, an increase of almost 60pc since the launch of the charity's freecall number 116 123.

The charity became free to call in 2014 following a partnership with Ireland's six largest telecommunications providers, BT Ireland, Eir, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Sky Ireland and Three.

The charity said removing the barrier of cost had made it easier for people to access support as they no longer had to worry about call charges.

Emigrant for Seanad

A New York-based lobbyist for immigration reform is the third Irish person living abroad to run for the Seanad.

Ciarán Staunton, originally from Co Mayo, is standing as an Independent candidate on the Industrial and Commercial panel and plans to move back to Ireland.

He is a co-founder of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and campaigned for the Morrison and Donnelly visas, which have legalised over 60,000 Irish immigrants in the US.

"Emigrant reform is a major issue in Ireland today and I'm proud to have achieved legal status for many thousands of Irish emigrants in the US through my work," he said.

Prison cash missing

The Irish Prison Service has said an investigation is under way after around €2,000 was discovered missing from a prison woodwork scheme.

Gardaí have now been notified about the missing money at Wheatfield Prison in Dublin.

Inmates produce hundreds of rocking horses and other wooden crafts, which are provided free of charge to charities each year.

Staff members are also allowed to order the toys for their own families, provided that they cover the cost of the materials. It is a portion of this cash which is believed to be missing.

Irish Independent

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