Video: President attends Creeslough funeral, women's team apologises for IRA chant

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Kenneth Fox

President Creeslough funeral

The people of Creeslough in Co Donegal are showing a great example of solidarity after tragedy, President Michael D Higgins has said.

Mr Higgins told of his pride in the efforts of those who took part in the search-and-recovery operation after the blast that killed 10 people in the village on Friday.

The president returned to Ireland from Strasbourg and attended the funeral of victim James O’Flaherty on Wednesday. He will also attend further funerals.

IRA chant

A video showing members of the Ireland national women’s football team singing a pro-IRA chant has been criticised as “outrageous” and “utterly insensitive” to victims.

It comes after the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) apologised for the video, which circulated online after Ireland qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time.


South Down DUP MLA Diane Forsythe said she would be writing to the FAI to ask what steps are going to be taken next.

“Republican terrorists were responsible for 60 per cent of the deaths during the Troubles,” Ms Forsythe said.

Mother and son funeral

The mother and teenage son killed in the Creeslough blast “were always side by side”, their funeral Mass has heard.

Catherine O’Donnell and her 13-year-old son James were among the 10 people killed in an explosion at a service station in the Co Donegal village on Friday afternoon.

Mourners gathered at the entrance of St Michael’s Church in Creeslough as their coffins were carried into the church on Wednesday afternoon.

Former Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health Tony Holohan has taken up a new role with Enfer Medical, a firm that provides clinical laboratory services.

Holohan role

Dr Holohan will take up the role of Chair on the firm's Medical Advisory Board.

"The Medical Advisory Board supports the company in delivering its vision to provide transformative laboratory services which enhance personalised and population health for healthcare providers and their patients," Enfer Medical, part of the Enfer Group, said in a statement.

"The membership of the Medical Advisory Board includes medical consultants working within the Irish healthcare system, providing key insights to shape the strategic direction of the company and support true innovation in delivering laboratory healthcare solutions for Ireland’s tomorrow."

Father jailed

A father of eight has been jailed for nine years for his role in moving over €2 million worth of cannabis.

Judge Martin Nolan said George Finglas (46), of North Circular Road, Dublin, was acting as a transporter and knew what he was doing.

On February 2nd, 2021, Revenue officials inspecting freight at Dublin Port using a sniffer dog discovered two pallets of cannabis herb covered over by portable gas heaters.

Gardaí from the National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau set up a surveillance operation and carried out a controlled delivery of the consignment to an industrial estate in west Dublin.

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