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Man recovering in hospital following Skibbereen stabbing

A 49-year-old man is recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a stabbing incident that occurred in Skibbereen at around 11pm on Friday night. The man suffered several stab wounds but they are understood to be non-life threatening. The victim approached a group of friends who were out walking alomg Noerth Street and then collapsed and the bystanders raised the alarm and emergency services were quickly in attendance.

Creed welcomes Justice Minister to Macroom in push for new garda station

CORK North West TD, Michael Creed welcomed his colleague the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD, to Macroom on Saturday recently to discuss the urgent need for a new Garda station in the town. Commenting on the meeting Deputy Creed said, “I was pleased to get the opportunity to show the Minister first- hand the poor facilities Gardaí are working with in the Macroom station, in order to underline the

Not guilty verdict for Ballygarvan plumber

THE plumber who converted a boiler at the Trident Hotel in Kinsale which then killed a woman by carbon monoxide poisoning has been found not guilty of manslaughter by a jury. Richard Davis (46) from Ballygarvan pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Miriam Reidy who was found dead in her room at the hotel in January 2011. Ms Reidy, from Limerick was attending a hen party in Kinsale and

Water Service vans burned out in Bantry

A GARDA investigation is underway following an arson attack on two Cork County Council water service vans at a depot in Bantry over the weekend. The attack occurred at the depot in Newtown in the early hours of Sunday morning and is being treated as malicious by gardaí.

Big brother comes to Clonakilty as CCTV system goes live

CLOSED circuit television cameras are set to change the nature of policing in many of the towns across West Cork with Clonakilty being the latest town to go live this week. Cork Southwest TD Jim Daly has welcomed the installation of eight new security cameras erected at strategic locations throughout the town of Clonakilty and confirmed that Clonakilty will be looking to further extend the number of cameras in the

Ian Bailey civil action begins

A CIVIL action brought by Ian Bailey who claims he was wrongly arrested in connection with the murder of Frenchwoman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996 has begun at the High Court. Mr Bailey (57) who lives neat Schull on the Mizen Peninsula is suing the Garda Commissioner, Minister for Justice and the Attorney General for damages.

Courts Service asked to explain proposed Skibb Courthouse closure to Oireachtas Justice Committee

CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD has confirmed that the Courts Service has been summoned to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee in relation to the proposed closure of Skibbereen Courthouse. Deputy Daly confirmed that he has lobbied his party colleague and chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice David Stanton TD to invite the Irish Courts Service to appear before the committee to answer questions relating to their intention to

Armed incident in Crookstown

GARDAÍ were involved in a protracted standoff in Crookstown for several hours on Monday (October 20th). Gardaí from Macroom are investigating the incident which occurred in Crookstown where a firearm was discharged from a house during the incident. Armed Gardaí, attended the scene and a media blackout was put in place at the farm located between Crookstown and Beal na Blath.

Warning as scammers target West Cork phone numbers

COMPUTER owners in West Cork are being warned to be extra vigilant following a spate of scam calls from cyber criminals claiming to represent tech giant Microsoft. The scam works with the caller ringing random phone numbers and if someone answers they claim to be calling from Microsoft. They then claim that there is a problem with the user’s computer and offer to fix the issue there and then by

Text alert system proving to be a success

by Eoghan O’Connell MORE than 600,000 texts alerting people to potential criminal activity in their local area have been sent to individuals and communities across the country during the first year of the crime prevention Text Alert system, according to figures released today by An Garda Síochána.