In brief: Rapist sentence date
A 30-year-old man will be sentenced in March for raping two young girls in a Westmeath town last year. The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been sent forward on signed pleas of guilty to the Central Criminal Court from Athlone District Court.
He has admitted a total of five charges of raping the girls, aged six and nine years old. Mr Justice Paul Carney yesterday set a sentence date of March 3 next, when all evidence in the case will be heard.
ACCIDENT TEEN CRITICAL
A SPORTS-mad teenager remains in a critical condition in hospital after his oxygen supply was cut when his head and neck accidentally got wedged in a metal fence.
Leon Connon (14) has been fighting for his life since the freak accident in Kinsale, Co Cork at 7pm on Saturday. His distraught mother, Dearbhail, remains by his bedside in Cork University Hospital (CUH) with locals and friends in the Orchards estate, off Compass Hill, saying the next 24 hours will be crucial.
30 PUPPIES RESCUED
Almost 30 springer spaniel puppies in a heartbreaking and terrible condition have been rescued in Co Donegal.
Seventeen were found in Lifford by the ISPCA in a follow-up inspection, a week after 11 dogs were handed in by their owner. The puppies were rescued when their owner contacted the Donegal Pet Rescue centre last week after he had become too ill to care for them.
€11M HOSPITAL PLAN
CONSTRUCTION on the €11m refurbishment of the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar will begin by May of next year. The new building is expected to take up to 19 months to complete.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the provision of funding for the vital works would ensure the exceptional level of care for patients will continue and would secure the future of the 150 jobs based there.
REHAB GROUP AND ANGELA KERINS
On January 23, we stated that the HSE had been refused details sought by it of the salary of Ms Angela Kerins, CEO of The Rehab Group.
Solicitors for The Rehab Group and Ms Kerins have written to us to state that, while the HSE requested salary details of senior management in two Rehab subsidiaries which it funded, Ms Kerins is not part of the management team in either company and, as was outlined in the Irish Independent of January 25, the HSE never requested her to disclose her salary.