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Monday 27 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Athlone

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# Roma children
Shatter: Greece case may have had 'some undue influence' on Roma child removals
The Minister for Justice has said that he has “no doubt” that gardaí and the HSE acted in good faith and expects a report on what happened within two weeks
# Children
Pavee Point calls for full independent review into Roma child cases
The group is calling on the Government to set up a full independent review of how state authorities acted, after two children were removed, then returned to their families.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday
Everyone’s talking about a Roma child’s DNA test results, transport fare hikes and Prince George’s christening.
# Athlone
Child removed, then returned to Roma family in Athlone
It’s the second such case this week, after a 7-year-old girl was taken from a family in Tallaght on Monday.
Athlone to host European GAA football finals this weekend
Over 350 players are expected to take part.
# Prayers
New bishop asks Athlone community to pray for sex attack victims
Bishop Francis Duffy said a prayer at his ordination for the two young girls who were allegedly attacked in Athlone.
# Black Market
Drogheda and Tallaght blackspots for illicit cigarettes
The research firm MS Intelligence examined discarded cigarette packs on the streets and in bins and found that Drogheda and Tallaght were the worst affected areas
# Athlone
ISPCC publishes tips on keeping children safe
The charity has published advice for parents in light of the alleged attack in Athlone. It urges parents to teach basic rules to children from the age of two.
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach extends sympathy on a ‘very sad day’ for Athlone
Enda Kenny said that politicians in Leinster House were ‘absolutely united’ in their condemnation of the alleged sexual assault in Westmeath at the weekend.
# Court Appearance
Man remanded in custody over alleged sexual assault of two girls in Athlone
The 30-year-old is due to appear again in court on Friday.
# Child Safety
Athlone incident reminds us to be vigilant when it comes to child safety, says RCNI
The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) has urged anyone concerned about a neighbour to work with gardaí.
# Athlone
Pics: Crowds at Athlone courthouse as one still held in sexual assault investigation
It has been reported that the two girls, aged six and nine, were lured away from a party in the town before being assaulted.
# Athlone Town
Gardaí seek help tracing 16-year-old missing since 11 September
Cian Quinn was last seen in the Athlone area.
# Athlone Town
Three men held over alleged sexual assault of children in Athlone
The alleged assaults happened at around 4pm yesterday. The men detained are in their 30s and 40s.
# News Fix
Here’s what happened today: Sunday
Arrests for child sexual assault in Athlone, votes for Irish emigrants and Melbourne remembers Jill Meagher.
# River Shannon
Man drowns after slipping off bridge wall in Athlone
The man’s body was recovered from the River Shannon.
# Saved
Athlone IT will continue audiology degree
The previously cancelled course, the only one of its kind, will be continued after the HSE agreed to provide 12 placements.
# Hearing Loss
"We've wasted over €5,000 and a year of our lives."
Twenty-one students at Athlone IT have been put in limbo after the college cancelled their course a year in.
# Athlone
JobBridge primary teacher ad slammed as "exploitative"
The Department of Education has said that schools can participate in the scheme – but not use it to displace staff or fill a current vacancy.
# Athlone
Man released from custody after Hogan's car windscreen smashed
A spokesperson for the minister described the incident as “thuggery”.
# water safety
Six people rescued from sinking cruiser on Lough Ree
The vessel struck an object under the waterline and was taking on water when lifeboats arrived.
# Job Losses
130 jobs to go in Alkermes' Athlone facility
The company said the decision was made following a reduction in demand for certain pharmaceutical products.
# Athlone
B&Q Athlone store to remain open after negotiation on lease terms
The store currently employs 45 people and will remain open subject to a successful outcome to examinership.
# Sigerson
Sigerson Cup: Conor Cox points the way as UCC claim spot in decider
The Kerry player hit 0-10 as UCC proved too strong for hosts Athlone IT in this afternoon’s semi-final.
# Longford
HSA launches investigation in two deaths at Longford DIY store
The two men were killed and four others were injured when a wall collapsed at the store.
# Longford
Second man dies after wall collapse in Longford DIY store
The head of Connacht Gold said the company is cooperating fully into investigations into the cause of the fatal accident.
Leitrim take Connacht FBD League crown with victory over Sligo
It was a first FBD crown for Leitrim with a battling effort at Markievicz Park.
# Athletics
In pictures: Impressive new Athlone facility hosts Athletics Ireland Indoor Games
Who wants to see Rob Heffernan’s six pack?
# Human Trafficking
Three arrested in human trafficking investigation
The arrests were part of Operation Quest, and came during planned searches in Dublin, Dundalk and Athlone.
# What is art?
No vote taken on motion to remove Athlone's Republican art
Athlone Town Council referred a motion seeking the removal of a Hunger Striker-themed installation to gallery directors.
# THE rankings
IBAL Litter League 2012: Where did your town finish?
Kilkenny has been named Ireland’s most litter-free town by Irish Business Against Litter. Did your town feature highly?
# What is art?
Councillor wants republican artwork pulled from local exhibit
Fine Gael councillor Mark Cooney has proposed that Shane Cullen’s ‘Fragments sur les Institutions Républicaines IV’ be removed from a council-owned art gallery in Athlone.
# Drugs
Two arrested in Athlone after heroin found in car search
A 25-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man were arrested after the heroin was discovered this morning.
# Emergency
Air Ambulance Service completes over 100 missions
Independent TD Denis Naughten said today that there is a need for the establishment of a national helicopter emergency service.
Extract: ‘China looks forward to growth, while the West teeters on the brink’
Martin Jacques says China’s ascendancy and impact is something that people should pay heed to.