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TD's case adjourned

A DEBT recovery case against a former Fianna Fail TD has been adjourned after a court heard that he had recently undergone surgery.

Noel O'Flynn was not in Cork District Court yesterday for the short hearing – Judge Con O'Leary heard that he was recovering after a medical procedure. Glanmire Community News, Mick Young and John McGuinness have taken a case against Mr O'Flynn to recover an alleged debt of €1,271.12 for unpaid election leaflets. The paper secured a judgment for the money owed last March in uncontested proceedings. The case has been adjourned until July 1 for mention.

Gardai in the midlands are hunting for green-fingered thieves who are ruining a community's bid to win an award.

The raiders, apparently with an eye to garden improvement, made off with 15 fuchsia shrubs and an ornamental, vintage water pump from the village of Killashee, Co Longford. The Tidy Towns Committee in Killashee said yesterday that they were very disappointed at the theft as they had only replaced the water pump last year, following the theft of the previous pump some years ago. The new pump had been complimented by the Tidy Towns judges in their 2012 report and the committee are now looking at having to fundraise yet again for a replacement.

PRAYING FOR SUNSHINE

PARISHONERS are praying to the heavens that they stop opening up and raining down on them.

In a specially arranged Mass to be broadcast on radio tomorrow, prayers will be recited for fine weather. The Mass will be celebrated in St Patrick's Church, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, by Fr Stephen Farragher and broadcast live on Midwest Radio. Station manager Tommy Marren says the farming community in the region are experiencing terrible hardship as a result of the inclement weather. "We are hoping some prayers might encourage the sun to shine," Mr Marren said.

BOAT TRAGEDY INQUESTS

THE inquests into the Tit Bonhomme tragedy in which five crew men died will open later today.

The trawler foundered on Adams Island at the entrance to its home port at Glandore in west Cork on January 15 last year. Five of her crew lost their lives and only one, Abdo Mohamad (43), survived. The inquests at Cork's Washington Street court house are expected to last three days.

Irish Independent