Garda injured in high speed ramming incident

A Garda is recovering in hospital after suffering back and neck injuries when a patrol car he was in was rammed by a gang following a burglary last night in Waterford. The vehicle used by the gang was a high-powered saloon car.

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The incident happened at around 10pm when gardaí responded to reports a series of burglaries in the Lismore, Tallow and Fermoy areas along the Waterford-Cork border.

Gardaí believe the garda car was deliberately rammed by the gang members in an attempt to evade being stopped and arrested.

The garda was treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where he is expected to remain for observation. His injuries are not life threatening.

The gang fled the scene following the collision. Gardai have confirmed this to be the third time in a month in which a vehicle used by a gang linked to burglaries  the Cork-Waterford-Tipperary region has escaped from gardai at high speed.

No ‘walk in the park’ for Mountain Rescue Teams

Hill walkers who became injured after getting into difficulty on separate occasions over the bank holiday weekend required the assistance of Mountain Rescue Teams in the east and south eastern regions.

On Sunday afternoon a hill walker suffered leg injury while out walking with two friends on the Cullentragh Mountain. The alarm was raised and both the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) and the Glenn of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams were mobilised at approximately 2pm.

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Rescue teams established their base near the Shay Elliot monument from where search & rescue personnel were sent to the location where the injured woman was. The woman, aged in her 60’s received treatment by the mountain rescue medics before being carried on a stretcher to a MR Land Rover to be transferred to an awaiting ambulance from the HSE National Ambulance Service. The woman was brought by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

The Irish Coast Guard R116 was on stand-by but not called. The rescue operation lasted almost two hours.

Second Incident:

Shorty after 1pm on bank holiday Monday, the Dublin Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Teams were alerted to an incident in which a hill walker got into difficulty and was suffering breathing difficulties.

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Photo: (DWMRT)

The call for help was received by staff at the National Parks and Wildlife Service, however, due to poor and restricted mobile phone signal, the caller’s exact location was unclear.

Based on the information received, mountain rescue teams initially investigated areas around Glenmacnass Valley before moving onto Poulanass Waterfall where they located the male casualty and brought him to an awaiting ambulance from the HSE NAS where he was examined by the ambulance crew.

Third incident:

The Irish Coast Guard, National Ambulance Service and the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Team (SEMRT) were all involved in an operation to rescue an injured man off the Blackstairs Mountains on the Carlow/Kilkenny/Wexford border last night (Monday 28th April).

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It is understood a male suffered leg injuries while walking the mountain. The casualty was transferred to hospital from the mountain by the IRCG Rescue 117 with assistance from the ground by the South Eastern MRT.

Permanent base for Order of Malta unit on the horizon

After campaigning for many years seeking a permanent base for its members, it now looks like the Order of Malta unit in Kilkenny are to be blessed with a new and permanent headquarters for the county.

Over the years, the Kilkenny unit, like all other Order of Malta units throughout Ireland have served their communities well, and now they are set to lose their current temporary base at Wolfe Tone House, at the former Auxiliary Hospital on Wolfe Tone Street due to development works in the area.

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Members recall having to climb five flights of stairs to get to ‘a poky room’ to train its members and assign upcoming duties and over the years the Kilkenny unit has struggled with inadequate space and a lack of training facilities which have made it difficult to train new members and cadets.

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Kilkenny Order of Malta was established in 1939 by Walter Smithwick of the Smithwick brewery in Kilkenny. The family’s devotion continued when Walter’s son, Judge Peter Smithwick became a Knight of Malta, a Regional Director and President of the Irish association of the Order.

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Kilkenny’s Order of Malta has now located a building which would be suitable as a permanent base. The proposed building is a former physiotherapy clinic on the Waterford Road which has seven rooms and ample parking. The Officer in Charge says it be perfect for the units 60 members, two ambulances and their 4×4 vehicle.

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Photos: (Kilkenny Order of Malta facebook)

Planning permission approved for €1m project for Fire Brigade training centre

Planning permission which allows work to commence on a €1 million project to build an extension to the current Training and Development Centre in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow has been approved by Carlow County Council.

Building work on the new facility is to begin in the coming weeks.

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(SO Jamie Myler gives order to recruits at Hacketstown Training Centre).
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The new extension will include a new training tower, a drill yard, lecture room, a new fire fighter training ring and shower rooms is to begin in the coming weeks.

Carlow County Fire & Rescue Services current training and development centre is at the rear of Hacketstown fire station. The work is expected to last at least 12 months.

Fifty workers evacuated following fire at Shannon factory

A fire broke out at a metal sheet fabrication factory in Shannon, Co. Clare this afternoon.

It is understood a machine burst into flames at the Ohshima plant shortly before 4pm.  Up to fifty staff at the premises quickly evacuated when the automatic fire alarm activated.

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Gardai from Shannon and three units of Clare County Fire Service attended the incident where fire-fighters brought the fire under control. The fire service remained at the scene for a number of hours, using water to allow the machines to cool.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

Two Gardaí assaulted, one hospitalised during assault in Portlaoise

A man is due to appear in court following an incident in Portlaoise, Co. Laois  yesterday in which two gardai were assaulted, one of whom was treated in hospital.

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Photo: (Portlaose Garda Station)

The incident happened at around 4pm when gardai arrested a 38 year old man following a public order offence. The man was taken to Portaoise Garda station where he assaulted a male and female Garda.

The female Garda was punched in the shoulder and face while the male garda was taken treated in hospital for facial injuries he received after being bitten.

The man was later released on bail and is due t appear n court at a later date charged in connection to the assaults and a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Fire Service deal with over seventy gorse fires in a week

‘Unnecessary and illegal fires take the brigades protection away from the population of West Cork’ fear by Senior Fire Officers in Cork fear.  

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Cork County Fire Service has dealt with over seventy call-outs to gorse fires in the past week all over West Cork.

Many of the areas affected were concentrated in Borlin, Cousane, Ballybawn, Cool Mountain, Mount Gabrel, Goleen, Glangarriff, Eyeries, Kilctherne and Drunmanus.

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A significant amount of gorse fires also took place at the Sheeps Head Pennisula in the Durrus, Kilcrohane and Ahakista areas last Saturday and Sunday.

Fire crews from Bantry, Schull and Skibereen fire stations assisted with the evacuation of over 30 houses from ‘advancing’ gorse fires while they dealt with large fires on the Sheeps Head.

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During this time, fire crews returning to their stations from the gorse fires were diverted to a house fire in West Cork. Cork County Fire Service has said fire crews arrived on the scene quickly and brought he fire under control. There were no reports of any injuries.

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The Fire Authority has said ‘these unnecessary and illegal fires take the brigades protection away from the population centres of West Cork’.
Photos: (Cork County Fire Service facebook)

Five die in Donegal Pier tragedy

A Major Search and Rescue operation has ended tragically in County Donegal with the tragic news that five people, including children, have died after their car went off a pier in Buncranna. It’s understood an infant was rescued.

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The incident, described as an accident happened at around 8pm tonight.

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Malin Coastguard confirmed the tragic news in the past few minutes. They confirmed that a ‘major search’ operation got underway. The IRCG R118, gardai, local lifeboats from the RNLI and local fishing boats and the emergency services are all at the scene.

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Air Ambulance Services cleared to fly at night

Two Air Ambulance Services have been given clearance to fly at night, an extended seven hours to their current 12 hours­ of operation a day.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) will work together on a 16 day rota system to cover the additional seven hours from 7pm until 2am.

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The HIOWAA’s new Air Bus H135 is based at Thruxton and is operated by highly trained pilots from Bond Air Services Ltd, using the latest night vision goggles. A crew consisting of a specialist doctor and paramedic can bring their life saving care to the most seriously ill or injured people by night as well as by day, saving more lives.

The helicopter can be anywhere within Hampshire in 15 minutes and anywhere within the Isle of Wight within 20 minutes, travelling at an average speed of 140 mph. It can land in areas the size of a tennis court and on almost any terrain.

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Alex Lochrane, Chief Executive Officer at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said: “Since the start of flying operations in 2007, HIOWAA has been steadily expanding its service to the community. Introducing night HEMS operations adds another dimension to our service, helping us to save lives and provide emergency medical support and transfer where and when it is most needed. I am immensely proud of our teams, who work tirelessly each day and night; not only to deliver a unique life-saving service, but to develop their knowledge and training to ensure we continue to advance on-scene patient care.”

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HIOWAA has been committed to developing and enhancing its helicopter emergency medical service. A full range of life-saving equipment is carried on board, including two state of the art ultrasound devices, a blood transfusion kit and an immediate blood analyser, all of which can help to save valuable seconds in the vital golden hour. Doctors are also on board for the majority of missions.

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The charity receives no Government funding and relies on the generosity of donations to help save lives.

Light Aircraft crashes in County Longford

Emergency Services are at the scene of an incident involving a light aircraft in County Longford tonight. It is understood the light aircraft crashed at Abbeyshrule in the past hour or so.

Reports on injuries have not yet been confirmed. Gardai, fire and ambulance services are at the scene. The Air Accident Investigation Unit has also been notified.

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File Photo (Aircraft Exercise – Unrelated to current incident)