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LOI: Battle Of The Rovers As Roddy Aims To Defeat Champs

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Shamrock Rovers –v- Sligo Rovers    7:05

Early league leaders Shamrock Rovers host fellow title hopefuls Sligo Rovers at Tallaght Stadium.

Goals from Gary McCabe, Ronan Finn and Kieran Marty Waters gave the hoops an impressive 3-1 away win over fierce Dublin rivals Bohemians last week. That win established them as early league leaders, a position that will leave manager Trevor Croly pleased. They face a Sligo Rovers side in poor form and Croly and his players will look for all three points as well as a psychological advantage. Continue reading

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Lessons Must Be Learned From Roma Children Debacle

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Sinn Féin Justice and Equality Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that lessons must be learned from the debacle over recent days that led to two Roma children being removed from their families.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“Last night I called on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter and the Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald to refer these two case to the Garda Ombudsman and Children’s Ombudsman respectively. It will be vital to have all of this reviewed independently. Continue reading

Independent Review Sought Following Irish Roma Scandal

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Loredana and Iancu, parents of Iancu Junior (2) and his sister. Two gardai called to their home on Tuesday and asked the boy’s father to come with them.

Pavee Point have called on Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD to establish an independent review of the actions of state authorities in respect of the removal of Roma children from their families in recent days.

Gardai took two Roma children from their families in Dublin and Westmeath this week in light of the case of Maria , a blonde haired blue eyed child who was found living in a Roma camp in central Greece with a couple who are not her biological parents. That couple have since been charged with abduction.

Pavee Point has said it is disturbed that there have been two recent cases of young Roma children being removed from their families as a matter of first resort and not as a matter of last resort that would normally be the case in all but the most extreme child protection cases. Continue reading

DNA Test To Establish Identity Of Mystery Roma Child

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DNA tests are to be carried out today to establish the identity of a seven-year-old blond girl who was taken from a Roma couple in Dublin.

It is a case very similar to that of Maria, a little girl found in a Roma camp in Greece with a couple who aren’t her parents.

Gardai were called to a house in Tallaght on Monday afternoon following a tip off and removed the girl. The couple, who claim to be the girl’s parents say she belongs to them and was born in 2006. Continue reading

Two Released Following Athlone Assault

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Two of the three men who were being questioned following a serious sexual assault on two young girls in Westmeath have been released without charge.

The third man is still being questioned in relation to the incident which occurred in Athlone on Saturday.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Continue reading

Skinner Delighted As Athlone Stand On Brink Of Glory

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Paul Skinner has payed tribute to Athlone Town’s fans as the club stands on the brink of promotion.

Athlone Town can clinch the Airtricity League 1st Division title and promotion to the Premier Division for the first time in almost 20 years when they entertain fellow promotion hopefuls Waterford United at what is expected to be a packed Lissywollen tonight.

Fans are the be all and end all when it comes to football games. Skinner knows this; “Fans have been great, for me I judge fans on away games and our fans have been brilliant.” Continue reading

Irish Troops Reviewed Ahead Of Lebanon Mission

Three hundred Irish soldiers, including eight fathers and sons, are to be deployed to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) next month. Minister of State for the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe, Chief of Staff for the Defence Forces, Lieutenant-General Sean McCann, and Councillor Jim Henson reviewed the troops today in Athlone.

The review was the final phase of the battalion’s training as they get ready for their deployment next month.

At the review the Minister spoke of the proud tradition of Irish peacekeeping in the area. “I am again reminded of the great pride we can take in all that the Defence Forces have done and continue to do as peacekeepers throughout the world”.

Irish troops have been carrying out peacekeeping operations in the Middle East since 1958 and began working as part of UNIFIL in 1978. They are currently operating under the UN resolution which aims to monitor the end of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon, assist the Lebanese government in securing its borders, and ensure humanitarian access to the civilian population.

“Participation in missions such as UNIFIL is a continuation of our proud tradition of supporting the United Nations in the cause of peace and security”, Mr Kehoe said.

The regiment, which is made up of 300 Irish troops and 177 Finnish troops, is set to depart for the Middle Eastern country on the 6th and 15th of November. They will be taking over from the 106th Infantry Battalion which had been serving in the destabilised region with UNIFIL since May.

The minister acknowledged the challenges the men and women of the 107th infantry will face, alluding to the recent upheaval in the country and in the surrounding areas.

“We have all witnessed on our television screens just how volatile the Lebanon and the Middle East are at the moment. Performing your duties overseas can require considerable sacrifices. I know the dangers you will face and the hardships you will be expected to endure as part of your service overseas”.

Last week a Lebanese intelligence official, Brigadier General Wissam Al-Hassan, was killed when a car bomb went off in a residential area of Beirut.

The IrishFinn battalion, as it is known, will occupy a post just south of the village of At Tiri, chosen for its visibility of the surrounding areas and proximity to the smaller Irish UN posts.

A spokesperson for the Irish Defence Forces outlined the risks in deploying troops into the area – “There are real risks in operating in an area where there has been recent conflict. The area is a volatile environment and there is still debris, such as mines, left from previous wars. Troops heading to the Middle East have to be mindful of the dangers which can arise at any moment.”

When asked about how the events in Syria were affecting peacekeeping in the area they said “day to day operations have not been affected yet but geographically we are very close to the conflict zone so we have to be wary of that.”

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