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Sad passing of Hugo Carlin: Derry mourns loss of one of its finest musicians

Derry is mourning the loss of one of its finest and much-loved musicians, Hugo Carlin. Hugo passed away peacefully in the Foyle Hospice on Friday night. A bass guitarist, he is best known as being a member of the Trend Showband, fronted by fellow Derry man Peter (Boy) Roddy, who enjoyed international success in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Among those who have paid tribute have been Kevin Morrison. He said “I met Hugo through the charity ‘Music at the Forum’ shows that I was involved in over the last 10 years and found him to be such a kind, decent, honest and downright top gentleman – always full of warmth and gentle encouragement for us all, always there to offer advice and guidance for all the performers.” Hugo is survived by his wife Marie and daughters, Aine and Mairead, a member Celtic Woman, the hugely popular all-female Irish … Continue reading

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Former employee of Co. Derry credit union jailed for stealing £92000 from customers

A former employee of a Co. Derry Credit Union who stole £92,000 from customers has been jailed for eight months. Geraldine O’Kane, 47, of Birren Road in Dungiven pleaded guilty to fourteen counts of theft and one of false accounting. In her role as Assistant Manager at Dungiven Credit Union the defendant stole £92,000 from the accounts of eight different people over the period of February 2013 to April 2015. During that time the defendant started to take money from accounts she considered to be ‘dormant at the time’. The offences came to light when O’Kane ‘confessed to someone to she had stolen from’, after which the full extent of her criminality was uncovered. Judge Gordon Kerr QC told Derry Crown Court it was a ‘breach of trust’ and ‘very serious offending’ which ordinarily carries ‘an immediate custodial sentence’. He said there were a number of mitigating factors which had … Continue reading

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Do you struggle to get to grips with technology? Then help is at hand in Derry later this month

Are you a bit lost when it comes to technology? Then help is at hand. Two O2 Technical Support Staff will be on hand at Malvern House in Derry on Wednesday, December 14, to advice and guidance on all things technical! Telephone Age Concern on 71347478 for an appointment. If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 028 7129 6600 for Derry City stories or 028 7774 3970 for County Derry stories. Between 5pm and midnight please call or text 07825 711978. Or you can email john.gill@derrynews.net at any time. Parliamentary reports show first speaker only – follow this lnk for the full transcription. Articles may come from parliamentary reports, various public news feeds and Google News Search. Content is republished here for context. Copyright is respected … Continue reading

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Three main teaching unions to ballot members on strike action

The North’s three main teaching unions are to ballot their members on strike action. The INTO, UTU and ATL are to ask their members to vote early next month. The INTO leadership said it was seeking a mandate from its 7,000 members for a series of strikes. Members of the NASUWT union in Belfast and Newtownabbey schools are due stage a one-day strike tomorrow. In October, all five main teaching unions rejected an offer which saw their pay frozen in 2015/16 and a rise of one per cent in 2016/17. The NASUWT had previously announced its members elsewhere in Northern Ireland would stage a series of further one-day strikes in January and February next. If you have a story or want to send a photo or video to us please contact the Derry Now editorial team. Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Sunday please call 028 7129 6600 for Derry … Continue reading

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UUP MLA brings motion to Assembly calling for review of bail policy in cases of terrorism and murder after suspect …

Mid-Ulster Ulster Unionist MLA, Sandra Overend, along with her Ulster Unionist Party colleagues, Doug Beattie MLA and Roy Beggs MLA, has brought a motion to the Assembly calling for a review of bail policy in cases of terrorism and murder. This followed the revelation that Damien Joseph McLaughlin, who had been on bail charged with offences linked to the murder of Cookstown Prison Officer David Black, had not been seen by police since November. Mrs Overend said: “Earlier this month I was shocked to learn, through media reports, that a man accused in connection with the murder of David Black has not been seen by the police since November, whilst on police bail. “It is absolutely disgraceful that this man – a man that has already made headlines, when the authorities previously allowed him to attend a spa break in Fermanagh – was allowed to disappear while on bail. Those responsible … Continue reading

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