Fr Ted star Gerard McSorley has failed to appear in court after it was revealed that he is ill in hospital.The well-known actor was due to appear at Letterkenny District Court today (Thurs) to face public order charges. It follows an incident at sheltered accommodation in Newtowncunningham on December 11th last.McSorley, aged 69, was arrested and appeared at Ballina District Court in Co Mayo where the case was adjourned to until today.Garda Malachy Magee told the court that was “absolutely not welcome back” to the accommodation after the alleged incident.When McSorley’s case was called today, Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said he had been informed that the accused was a patient at Letterkenny University Hospital.Judge Paul Kelly asked Inspector Harrison how he wanted to proceed with the case.Inspector Harrison said the difficulty he had was that he had no paperwork for the case and he did not have an address for Mr McSorley.“I know he is in hospital but I have no paperwork on this at all.“Can we adjourn it because I know he was taken into hospital and I don’t think he could be here today anyway. Can you put it back for a month and we’ll try to get a plan?“He doesn’t appear to have an address but we’ll get word to him in the hospital,” he said.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 17th.The same court fined the actor €150 on December 4th last for another series of public order offences when he abused Gardai and then caused criminal damage to a Garda cell when he constantly spat at the door.However, his then solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court he could not pay the fine until next year when he received his next acting role.Actor McSorley fails to appear in court as he is ill in hospital was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGerard McSorleyletterkenny
There is no question that Malaysia and China are failing to meet their international obligations to find MH370.And there is no question that the investigation conducted by Malaysia into the disappearance of MH370 is among the most mismanaged in modern history.The Malaysian end of the investigation has been a symbolic affair where a variety of government minsters, officials and the country’s military have contributed to a chaotic stream of misinformation about the fate of the plane.If the Malaysian Government also wants to avoid accusations of a cover-up, it needs to continue the search for MH370 and to end almost three years of emotional agony for the victims’ families.The suggestion something is dodgy in Kuala Lumpur will only gain credibility if the Malaysians fail to act on a recommendation by the team of international experts led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is conducting the search.New information led the experts to conclude that a relatively small area of 25,000sq km just outside the main search area likely contains the wreckage and should be searched. The exact cost of the search thus far is unclear but most analysts believe it is about $190 million split three ways with Malaysia paying $100 million; Australia $70 million and China just $20 million.China’s contribution has been pitiful given MH370 was also a code-share with China Southern Airlines and carried the airline’s flight number CZ748. There were 153 Chinese aboard and China needs to contribute more.When an airline code-shares (places its flight number and sells tickets at a profit on another airline’s plane) it must bear full responsibility for all aspects of the flight.The hollow rhetoric of the Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tong Lai saying “the aspirational goal” is to find MH370 simply isn’t good enough for families needing answers and closure.Even Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester’s excuse that the new area of 25,000sq km was not specific enough to meet the criteria set down by officials from the three governments is lame.Considering the vastness of the Indian Ocean an area of 25,000sq km is very specific and the analysis that has helped pinpoint the new area has broken new ground. Malaysia and China should bite the bullet, pony up the $40 to $50m needed to extend the search and do the right thing for the families of the 239 passengers and crew lost with MH370.The fact that the main body of wreckage was not found in the original search area means we were looking in the wrong place but we were doing it for all the right reasons and using the facts available at the time. Now we have new facts, including a drift study by the CSIRO from all the debris recovered in the west Indian Ocean found, that says it is most likely in a different area.The search must go on.
Liquor dealers in Mizoram have taken the Zoramthanga government to court for losses caused by extension of dry days initially meant for the Christmas season.In keeping with its election promise, the Mizo National Front government had banned the sale of liquor from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019. The ban was later extended till March 10.On Thursday, the Mizoram Liquor Vendors’ Association and each owner of the State’s three bonded warehouses filed separate lawsuits in the Aizawl Bench of the Gauhati High Court seeking to know how their losses would be recovered and whether the government has any prohibition policy in place.The court has set January 22 as the date of hearing and has asked the State government to produce the proceedings of the Cabinet meetings leading to the imposition of dry days.After the first Cabinet meeting on December 18, 2018, the government closed down nine State-run liquor outlets and declared dry days from December 21, 2018, to January 14, 2019, in view of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Republic Day and the local Chapchar Kut festival were the reasons cited for extending the dry day to March 10 after the second Cabinet meeting on January 10.Mounting expenses“The government has kept us in a limbo by not saying clearly whether we have to wind up. Extension of dry days has hit our business hard. We are maintaining our outlets, paying employees and taking care of other mounting expenses,” said Francis Sailo, an Aizawl-based liquor vendor. The liquor dealers said the State government should have come out with an exit policy with a time-frame to phase out the business. They said the uncertainty has led to piling up of liquor stock since the dealers have to honour their permits for purchase till March this year.Under pressure from the influential church, total prohibition was first imposed via the Mizoram Liquor Total Prohibition Act in 1997 when Lal Thanhawla was the Chief Minister. The move, however, did not help his Congress party win the Assembly election the following year.The Congress replaced total prohibition by controlled prohibition 18 years later through the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Act of 2014. A few wine shops were accordingly opened in 2015 and the State government recorded around ₹70 crore in annual revenue through the sale of alcohol.Push from church An unhappy church commissioned a study on the effects of alcohol on individuals and the Mizo society. A team of academics concluded in 2018 that the social cost of liquor was higher than the revenue earned.Liquor dealers said the liquor stock unsold since the imposition of the Zoramthanga government’s dry day order was worth more than ₹40 crore. “The government should either buy this stock or compensate us,” a dealer said.
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