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# Midlands

Last year
2022
# Courts
Jury begins deliberations in trial of four men charged with gang rape of teenage girl
Justice Tara Burns sent the jury of seven men and five women out to deliberate earlier this afternoon.
# Midlands
Midlands rape trial: Garda denies 'ballyragging' suspect during questioning
Counsel for one of the accused put it to the garda that 16 minutes passed in an interview room before a recording device was switched on.
# Midlands
Rape trial hears one of four accused thought woman 'might come to her senses' and go to police
The first accused (22) told gardaí that the then 17-year-old girl consented and that nothing really happened, “but you never know”.
# Midlands
Midlands rape trial hears doctor's findings consistent with possible non-consensual intercourse
The doctor performed the examination at a Sexual Assault Treatment Unit five hours after the alleged incidents took place.
# midlands rape trial
Midlands rape trial: Jury hears evidence of the accused men's interviews with gardaí
One of the four accused first told gardaí none of them had sex with the girl, then later told gardaí they all had sex with her.
# midlands rape trial
Witnesses tell rape trial that woman was 'distraught' and her skirt was 'torn' after leaving car
A witness, who was a friend of the complainant, told the court today that she kept saying “there was six of them, there was nothing she could do”.
# Midlands
Midlands rape trial: Woman denies sexual activity in car was consensual
The woman at the centre of the case told the court today that she had been “badgered” for oral sex.
# Court
Young woman gives evidence in trial of four men in the Midlands accused of raping her
The woman has alleged she was attacked in a car by the men in December 2016.
# peat sake
EPA to investigate complaint about State response to peat extraction on protected bogs
The move from the environmental watchdog comes in response to a complaint from an environmental NGO about illegal cutting.
# Central Criminal Court
Trial of four men alleged to have raped teenage girl 'one after another' has opened
The trial is expected to last six weeks and will take place in Croke Park.
THE MORNING LEAD
Peat was cut at 280 plots in protected bogs last year without State consent
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy analysis reveals cutting has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade despite clear prohibitions since 2011.
The cutting of peat has frequently taken place at 30 protected sites over the past decade, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
No ministerial consents have been granted by the State to allow cutting in any of the protected raised bog network sites
Just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs remain after decades of peat-cutting and land reclamation
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# Bogs
'We've made tough decisions': How Bord na Móna became worth €1.25 billion in less than two years
The company has radically changed in a short amount of time. But how did they do it? And at what cost?
# Annual Report
Sharp increase for drug and alcohol support services in Midlands - Merchants Quay Ireland
Almost 10,000 people accessed MQI’s services last year with almost 50,000 meals given to homeless people on a take-away basis.
# New Tech Uni
Ireland’s newest Technological University officially opens
The new university will have a student population of 14,000 across six counties.
# Midlands
Limerick IT and Athlone IT merge to form new technological university
AIT President Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin described today’s announcement as a “historic day” for the region.
# Portarlington
Three men arrested following number of Garda raids in Co Laois
The searches were carried out as part of an investigation into organised crime, drugs and firearms trafficking.
# dognapping
Convicted drug dealer suspected of running dognapping ring as gardaí urge families to be vigilant
The number of dog thefts has increased over the past year.
# Midlands
Gardaí seize alcohol, beer taps, kegs and spirit dispensers during raids of three suspected shebeens
The seizures were made at three premises in Laois, Meath and Westmeath.
# regional restrictions
New Covid-19 restrictions for Kildare, Laois and Offaly to kick in from midnight
The Government announced the measures on the back of NPHET advice following a spike in cases in recent days.
# Armed gang
Gardaí believe men arrested in small Offaly town were South American 'hit team'
The men, arrested in Clara today, are understood to be Brazilian.
# Midlands
Three men arrested as part of dissident republican activity investigation released
The men were arrested by members of the Special Detective Unit in the midlands yesterday.
# Springfield
'We're amateur meteorologists at this stage': Locals fear further flooding along Shannon after overnight rain
13.6 mm of rain was recorded at Shannon Airport yesterday.
# Downfall
Gardaí and Birmingham police working together to take down the last remnants of the Kinahan cartel
A number of senior members of the cartel had fled to the Midlands city in a bid to rebuild their crumbling empire.
# Unfair Dismissal
Care worker who allegedly told service user that she'd 'kill her' loses unfair dismissal action
The patient’s grand-daughter alleged that on 26 April 2018 the care-worker had verbally threatened her grandmother.
# Tubber
How the revival of plans for a midlands airport in Offaly is getting the locals talking
The proposal suffered a setback during the recession, but recent developments have bought the project back into local conversation.
# violence reduction
Inside the new Violence Reduction Unit at the Midlands Prison - designed for the nation's most violent criminals
The unit has the ability to house nine criminals.
# offaly ambitious
An airport in Tubber? There's 5,200 jobs promised for the midlands if the plan goes ahead
Midlands Airport development has now signed a memorandum of understanding with InSite Bavaria.
# Redundancy
Bord na Móna announces up to 430 redundancies
The announcement comes as the company shifts from peat usage to fast-track renewable energy.
# Midlands
Bord na Móna expected to announce plans to cut 300 jobs
A restructuring of the company to decarbonise its business over ten years is expected to be announced tomorrow.
# Fáilte Ireland
The new Wild Atlantic Way? Ireland's midlands have been rebranded as the Hidden Heartlands
The campaign wants to entice visitors to experience the region’s nature and food.
# Pornography
New video emerges online showing 'garda' having sex with woman on motorway
Gardaí said they would not be commenting.
# sexual health
'Students can't travel to Dublin or Galway for an STI test'
There is no clinic within an hour of the Midlands.
# Midlands
'The problem has advanced significantly': Mullingar man waits 9 years for orthodontic treatment
Fine Gael TD Peter Burke has said that prompt treatment was critical in terms of young adults’ body image.
# impassable
Several areas are still flooded after heavy weekend rains
The midlands was hardest hit over the weekend and some areas are still flooded.
# rural ireland
'It's not sustainable': Offaly's only emergency homeless shelter risks closure over funding
Midlands Simon Community’s emergency shelters are running at a deficit of €176,000 a year.
# Athlone
Garda probe after safe full of cash stolen from Westmeath filling station
The incident happened over the weekend.
# History
Head shavings at gunpoint and sexual assaults - Violence against women during the Irish Revolution
A Maynooth professor has said history may be downplaying the level of violence directed towards women during the conflict.
# Going Green
ESB and Bord na Móna to develop solar power for 150,000 homes
Renewable energy in Ireland is currently predominantly generated from the wind.
# Investigation
Five males arrested in midlands over alleged sexual assault
The alleged assault happened in a midlands town on 27 December.
# jailhouse dosh
Irish prisons paid €3 million in 'pocket money' to inmates last year
The Irish Prison Service has paid out over €27 million in pocket money to prisoners since 2009.