Pedestrian recovering after Moate collision

MULLINGAR ADVERTISER, April 18, 2014

A pedestrian is recovering in hospital after sustaining serious injuries when she was knocked down in Moate on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at around 12.25pm on Tuesday April 15. The female pedestrian was crossing the town’s Main Street when she was hit by a jeep.

Former Bower girl becomes State’s youngest judge

MULLINGAR ADVERTISER, April 18, 2014

Athlone solicitor Gráinne O’Neill (42) has become the youngest judge in the State after her appointment to the District Court panel this week (April 16).

Her elevation was magnanimously welcomed by colleague Mr Mark Cooney - with whom she apprenticed - in the District Court on Wednesday as he offered his congratulations to “Judge-to-be O’Neill”.

Henson and Higgins call for support for struggling rural towns

MULLINGAR ADVERTISER, April 18, 2014

Athlone councillor and Local Election candidate Jim Henson has backed a call by his fellow Labour politician and Midlands North-West European Election candidate, Lorraine Higgins, for better use of EU funds to boost economic recovery in towns and villages. This follows a report into the economic strength of Irish rural towns.

Henson stated, “As Lorraine rightly points out, the Teagasc Index published recently clearly illustrates how rural towns are bearing the brunt of the recession, compared to their urban counterparts. Provincial towns and villages are suffering disproportionately to cities, and they must reap the benefits of the economic recovery.

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