USAID-FED Committed to Improving Food Security

first_imgLess than two years to  conclude the United States Agency for International Development-Food and Enterprise Development (USAID-FED) support toward local farmers in the country, Lofa County is basically utilizing the technical expertise and capital benefits provided by the program.Lofa is noted for being one of the bread baskets of Liberia, where agriculture activities are always active.The five-year program, which started in 2010 is aimed at providing farming equipment, improved agricultural skills in swamp rice development, cassava planting, livestock and vegetable production.It also seeks to create marketing opportunities for local farmers, extension services and processing facilities.The aim is to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians through increased agricultural productivity and profitability. It is implemented in six counties: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.The United States Government is supporting the Liberian priorities to build sustainable local capacity, make a difference in people’s lives, and move towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity.USAID FED is Africa’s largest project under US President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, which promotes a move away from subsistence and increasing food security by working with public and private bodies, including the Government of Liberia, the private sector, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.Interestingly, when the Daily Observer newspaper visited Lofa County recently, farmers from three districts including Voinjama, Foyah and Kolahun, expressed great satisfaction for USAIDFED’s support toward their various agricultural projects.They said that with support received, there is gradual improvement in there farming activities.According to them, farming implement such as machetes, hoes, power tillers, fertilizers and others have been provided by USAID-FED to improve their productivities.They also disclosed being taught the knowledge of improved skills through workshops and in farmers’ field schools.However, the farmers said that marketing has been a serious challenge for them but were now happy that FED was addressing such constraints.A farmer in Krugmia town, Voinjama District, Musa M. Kabbah, told this paper that they have embarked on the cultivation of 1.7 hectares of lowland with support from USAID-FED.He said the purpose of the project is to empower the members in order to support their families.“In 2010, we stated this project in our community with 17 females and 15 males. Last year, we were fortunate to get support from FED to grow rice harvesting 20 bags of seed rice,” he said. But this year, we are determined to cultivate the entire field,” he added.Betijama town is one of the towns in Lofa, that the project supports livestock farmers.According to Mustapha L. McCarthy, FED’s Lofa County livestock officer, more than hundred persons are engaged into the rearing of small ruminant (goats, sheep) to earn income.He told our reporter that 10 lead farmers from several communities in Foyah and Voinjama were trained last year on animal health care and intensive management.He said that the intention of the training was to make goat farmers graduate from the traditional method of livestock farming to commercial animal breeding.One of the beneficiaries of the livestock project in Betijama town, Massaquoi Morlu, said the number of goats raised by their group has increased from 50 to 78 goats.Morlu said before the coming in of USAID-FED their animals were left to wander by themselves.“We have acquired knowledge on how to raise the animal in the proper manner. This has enabled us to get money to improve our living conditions,” he said.He, however, said that the marketing of their animals was something that needed some improvement.“We do not have as many buyers to purchase the animals,” he mentioned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Relieves MOH -Donates 15 High-power Generators, Five 100kva, Ten 20kva

first_imgThe United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has donated  five 100kva and ten 20kva generators to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) to help boost the expansion of the country cold chain.The COELMO brand high-power generators, which will be distributed amongst 13 of the 15 counties, are to help preserve vaccines that are distributed to the health centers in those areas.Authorities say the expansion of the cold chain will have a direct impact on the Expanded Immunization program for Liberia, especially by ensuring that vaccine remains at the right temperature from the time they arrive in the country to the time they are administered to infants and children.Supported by GAVI funds, UNICEF in collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) procured the generators. UNICEF will also help in the transportation and installation of each generator at county hospitals. The total cost of the initiative is $173, 032.UNICEF Country Representative, Sheldon Yett, on Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, handover the generators to Acting Health Minister Matthew Flomo at a ceremony held at the National Drug Supply (NDS) office situated at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in MonroviaRepresentative Yett noted that the generators will be of great help to the delivery of vaccines services in the country as they will provide reliable power supply to keep the vaccines at the require temperature through the MOH&SW cold chain system.He said the expansion of the cold chain will have a direct impact on the Expanded Immunization program for Liberia (EPI), especially by ensuring that vaccines remains at the right temperature from the time they arrive in the country to the time they are administered to infants and children.“This is significant as childhood immunization is widely recognized as an effective strategy to reduce under-five mortality, averting an estimated 2.5 million deaths annually. As such immunization contributes towards the achievement of MDG4 that aims to reduce under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015,” he saidThe UNICEF boss said his organization is committed to providing all children in Liberia with the opportunity to access immunization services and protection from vaccine preventable diseases as part of its equity mandate.“UNICEF Liberia ensures the availability of all vaccines in the national EPI schedule in adequate quantities in all 15 counties, with provision of vaccines, essential supplies and technical assistance to support cold chain and communication activities,” Rep. Yett said.Expansion of the cold chain is necessary to support the introduction of two new vaccines to the national immunization schedule in late 2014 early 2015 – namely the rotavirus vaccine and IPV (inactivated polio vaccine).The expansion will also support the pilot of the introduction of the HPV vaccine in Bong and Nimba Counties.Acting Health Minister Matthew Flomo, upon receiving the keys of the generators, said the donation comes with much relief because it becomes difficult at times for the ministry to maintain the vaccines at the right temperature due to shortages or lack of power.“This donation comes with much relief for us at the ministry of health because we have been having some difficulties in maintain the requisite temperature levels of our various types of vaccines that we received from our partners.  With these generators, we will ensure that those vaccines, especially at the county level will be constantly kept in at the require temperature. This is why we are very grateful to the UNICEF for these donations. It will help us in preserving the qualities of our vaccines.”He lauded UNICEF and partners for what he termed as a great gesture that will help save the lives of many Liberian children.Meanwhile, the generators will support expansion of county level cold chain for proper vaccine storage, especially as the government adds two new vaccines to the programme nationwide.As county vaccine depots are located at the hospitals, the generators have an added benefit of providing a reliable electric current to the hospitals, indirectly supporting provision of all health services. Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties will not be recipients of the donation as they already have solar panels that are still working.The generators will be distributed as follow: One 100kva generator to Montserrado County, two 100kva generators to Bong County, two 100kva generators to Grand Gedeh County.One 20kva each generator to Gbarpolu, Lofa, Margibi, Nimba (Sanniquellie), River Gee, Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe, River Cess and Grand Bassa counties.The larger generators are being given to Montserrado, Bong and Grand Gedeh for strategic purposes.For Montserrado, it is the seat of the EPI programme and first stop on the “chain” in terms of receiving the vaccines in country then getting them to the counties.For Bong and Grand Gedeh, each of which get two 100kva generators, the idea is that the capitals of those counties can keep vaccine stocks cold for nearby counties that would otherwise have to rely on Monrovia for all supplies. In other words, it helps to decentralize EPI.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lonestar Cell MTN Appeals US$19M Tax Court Ruling to Supreme Court

first_imgLonestar Cell MTN has taken an appeal to the Supreme Court against the ruling by Tax Court Judge Mozart Chesson on Wednesday, September 16, in which the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) was awarded US$19.2 million against the telecommunications giant.The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) in a release last week cried victory in a US$19.2 million tax case against the operator following more than two years of legal battle.Tax Court Judge Mozart Chesson ruled in the case on Wednesday, September 16, at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill following final arguments in the case three weeks ago, a release from the LRA has said.A leader in Liberia’s telecommunications sector, Lonestar Cell MTN prides itself in being one of the highest tax payers in the country. Now the court’s ruling compels the company to pay US$19 million more into government’s coffers.The case, the release said, was taken to the tax court after both the LRA and Lonestar rejected the decision of the Board of Tax Appeal (BOTA) which ruled that the company pays US$1.9 million. The LRA insisted that US$19.2 million was due from the company, while Lonestar Cell/MTN further rejected the BOTA’s ruling claiming it owed no taxes. BOTA had no authority to adjust the statutory addition (penalties and interest) to a tax bill.In its ruling Wednesday, the Tax Court declared that Lonestar was held to pay the amount, “because it failed to follow, and exhaust the appeal process, and did not take appeal when it was served the notice for payment at the then Ministry of Finance.”“We are happy for this ruling; especially to reach this far in two-and-a-half years,” stated Cllr. Eric B. Morlu, Legal Counselor at the LRA. Meanwhile, Lonestar declined to comment further, except to anticipate its appeal to be heard at the Supreme Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LTA Authorizes to Implement Surcharge Fees

first_imgJudge Schaeplor Dunbar (center) has ruled in favor of the LTA, whose chairman is Ivan G. Brown (right). Orange Liberia led by it CEO, Mamadou Coulibaly (left), plans to file an appeal to the Supreme Court.-As Judge Dunbar denies Orange’s petition for judicial review filed against LTAThe Civil Law Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice on yesterday denied contentions raised by Orange –Liberia, challenging the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) order 0016-02-25-19 that was intended to establish price floors for on-net voice and data services , a regulatory fee on telecommunications goods and services, and a regulatory surcharge for on-net voice and mobile data services.Denying Orange‘s petition for judicial review, Judge Scheaplor R. Dunbar declared “The petition for judicial review is denied and dismissed, and the resistance is sustained. The stay order of April 15, 2019 is lifted. LTA may proceed to enforce and implement the order,” adding costs ruled against Orange-Liberia.”Judge Dunbar further ruled that, “we note from the record that LTA engaged all the stakeholders in the telecommunications sector and got their comments and inputs before promulgating the order, their comments and inputs were taken into consolidation promulgating the challenged order.”However, Orange-Liberia (petitioner) further argued that despite the regulatory authority vested in LTA over the telecommunications sector and its authority to issue regulations in exercise of said authority, “LTA cannot determine and impose surcharges as same is not within its regulatory authority, as that authority was removed by an Act passed by Legislature and published on August 29, 2017.”The petitioner also argued that LTA has no legal rights to impose floor price and levy surcharges on telecommunications goods and services, and that the repealed provision was related to excise tax, which Orange claimed was within the authority of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).Dunbar’s ruling said, the LTA’s order was promulgated in conformity with the Telecommunication Act of 2007, stressing “And that the said order does not violate any provision of the Revenue Code.”According to Judge Dunbar, as a regulatory authority, LTA does not have to obtain the full agreement of all service providers and stakeholders before it can promulgate an order, rule or regulation.“What the Act mandates is that LTA should conduct a public consultation before the promulgation and publication of such order, rule or regulation,” Judge Dunbar indicated, adding,” Section 5.4 of the Guidelines for Consultation Process to Develop Regulation (2009) states that the LTA shall retain final decision authority with respect to the promulgation of regulations and amendment thereto.”In counter argument, LTA accused Orange-Liberia of being deceptive on the matter when its letter dated April 15, 2019 assured LTA that it was in full compliance with the floor price and regulatory fee.LTA also argued that in consideration of Orange’s request for postponement of the deadline was to enable consultation and based on Orange’s own determination that additional time was needed, the request was granted.“The consultation process was extended to February 20, 2019, during which the time Orange made several presentations to the LTA board of commissioners on the floor price and surcharge and submitted a letter dated February 19, 2019 agreeing with the LTA on the implementation of the floor price,” LTA argued.However, Orange claimed that In October 2018, LTA initiated a stakeholder’s consultation process to which Orange and others were invited for the purpose of evaluating LTA’s intention to implement floor prices and surcharges for on-net voice calls and data, “which consultation was subject to LTA’s serving stakeholders with the consultation document to inform the inputs, comments and suggestions of stakeholders,” but, accordingly, “LTA failed to supply said document until, December 5, 2018, thereby making it difficult for Orange to make timely determination of the implications and impact LTA’s action would have on it.”They claimed that their reaction and comments to the draft regulations suggested that the draft license fee and regulations be revisited to exclude current valid licensees and that they should be limited only to entities applying for new licenses or renewal of license and that their reaction was that their application of the proposed regulation to existing license would amount to a unilateral and illegal abrogation of the terms and conditions of their existing licenses.“While we were still not agreeable to the implementation of floor prices on the services it provides, the LTA elected to place additional fee on Orange’s services by imposing surcharges for on-net minute and megabyte,” Orange’s lawsuit claimed, adding, “thereby exacerbating the problem affecting the consultation process and without regard to the several reservations Orange had made in several letters to LTA.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Satellites crowd space to keep up with demand from telecom

first_imgOne of the biggest drivers of satellite usage is expected to be communications. With radio companies such as XM, Sirius and international satellite provider Worldspace, not to mention satellite television providers, the need for more launch capabilities is sure to grow, said Paul Bond, West Coast business editor for the Hollywood Reporter. In fact, Google recently joined the satellite industry, indirectly, by entering a partnership with Dish to sell ads. “If Google is getting into the satellite business, then you know it is a growth business,” Bond said. Bond expects to see the blossoming of in-car satellite television, currently a small segment of the satellite industry. HDTV, Mobile TV and IPTV all require bandwidth, and many of those providers will turn to satellite, Bond said. “It’s a virtual cycle of bandwidth needs: The more you get, the more you want,” he added. In year-end financial reports, Direct TV reported 16million subscribers, and Dish reported 13million, while midyear reports showed Sirius with 7.1million subscribers versus XM’s 8.25million. “XM currently has four satellites in orbit. We have two operating satellites and two in orbit spares,” XM spokesman Chance Patterson said. Another spare satellite is under construction, Patterson said. The communications boon has also been good to companies such as Sea Launch Co. LLC. A boon to the boats, too “This is as pretty as it’s ever looked,” said Robert Peckham, Sea Launch’s president and general manager, as he strode by two massive gray-and-black ships on a recent overcast morning in Long Beach. “It’s like a new car on a lot.” The two vessels make up the Sea Launch equatorial satellite- launching operation based at the Long Beach Harbor. Repairs and new paint were required on one of the ships after a Jan.30 launch failure that destroyed part of the launch platform and sent a rocket and its payload 10,000 feet to the ocean floor. Peckham and his Sea Launch operation have put that incident behind them. The first launch since the failure is set in the next few weeks. “I’m chompin’ at the bit to get going again,” he said. For that launch, The Boeing Co. has shipped the third Thuraya communications satellite from its manufacturing facility in El Segundo to the Sea Launch home port. The satellites provide mobile-communications services to more than 2.3billion people. Planned to serve markets in China, Australia, Japan and Korea, Thuraya 3 provides access to advanced telecommunications services for first responders reaching those in need during emergencies, for businesses that depend on data access and for mobile-phone users. Sea Launch’s home port, on a 16.5-acre former Navy base, is in the middle of a satellite hub in Southern California. Complete satellites ready for launch are shipped from around the region to the Port of Long Beach to be prepared for a trip to the equator. Boeing, which has operations in Seal Beach, also uses aerospace subcontractors spread throughout Southern California. L3 ETI and Hi-Shear, both in Torrance, and Raytheon, ETS, Wyle Labs, Trio Mfg and Flight Microwave all have large operations in El Segundo. Another large satellite-industry player in Southern California is Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, and Alliant Techsystems, an advanced weapons and space-systems provider, has its Space Division offices spread throughout the region in Commerce, El Segundo, Pasadena and Corona. Solar-cell maker Spectrolab, a large Boeing supplier, is based in Sylmar. Launch operations Sea Launch’s Long Beach locale also makes it a straight 3,000-mile shot to the launch location 250miles from Christmas Island, named by a British East India Co. Capt. William Mynors, when he arrived there on Dec.25, 1643. With a population of about 1,500, the island is a territory of Australia. At Sea Launch headquarters in Long Beach, there are two large screens, a large conference table and perhaps two dozen pieces of teleconference equipment. The operation is a hodgepodge of purpose-built and converted equipment. The launch platform is a converted oil platform called the Odyssey. The command ship was built exclusively for the Sea Launch operation. The rocket weighs more than 1million pounds when fueled and topped with a satellite. To take off, it requires 1.6million pounds of thrust. Before launch, a command ship heads four miles away for safety. When the Jan.30 failure occurred, the rocket rose about 11/2 feet into the air, then plunged into the ocean, taking with it the 280-metric-ton gas deflector. The deflector is a complex array of support steel that deflects rocket flames and controls the acoustic environment. It’s an international effort Sea Launch is an international effort. The ground transporters on the launch platform were built in Germany, and the proton telemetry tracker is Russian. The two predominant languages on board, and in the conference center during launches, are English and Russian. Most of the crew members, managed by Norwegians, are Filipinos. Out at sea during the launch, 70 passengers and crew sail out on the platform and the command ship carries a complement of 240. On the bridge of the command ship, built in 1997, stands Capt. Johnny Soevik. At 49, he has dedicated his life to the sea. “I started when I was 16,” he says. Talking about how the industry has changed and how more is expected to change with the anticipated growth, he points to two comfortable leather chairs at the helm. “When I started, we used to have to stand,” he said. “There was just, `Do your job.”‘ Don Jergler can be reached at or (562) 499-1281. “There is a healthy continuing workload in satellites to keep the launch people busy,” said Howard Chambers, vice president of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. Chambers said worldwide there is a consistent stream of military satellites and an increasing stream of commercial satellites. “You should see, in the next five years, 100 to 125 more satellites launched,” Chambers said, adding that the number may double if you include military launches. Communication drives use Satellites are used for communications, navigation, intelligence gathering, weather and business-to-business communications in what Chambers refers to as “bent pipes.” LONG BEACH – Outer space will soon be a much more crowded place. Skyrocketing demand for broadband and other communication networks is creating a boon for satellite makers and launchers – who are expected to shoot about 125 satellites into orbit during the next five years. That will nearly double the number of satellites circling the Earth today. This is all good news for companies such as Boeing, the world’s largest satellite maker – having built about 85 of the 150 satellites in operation now – and the companies that launch them. last_img

Man who forced 13-year-old to perform sex act to be sentenced this Friday

first_imgA 30-year-old man who met a 13-year-old boy online and forced him to perform a sex act on him will be sentenced this Friday.The accused appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was due to be sentenced after Judge John Aylmer heard the facts in the case. Judge Aylmer had also requested the victim in the case, who is now aged 16 years, to come to court with a written victim impact statement.The statement was produced and handed to Judge Aylmer but not read out in open court.The case itself was heard in-camera.The boy sat at the rear of the courtroom with his mother while the accused appeared with his mother and sister.Judge Aylmer said he needed time to review the victim impact statementThe accused, from Inishowen, travelled to the victim’s home after the pair met on the Gadar gay dating website.The boy had downloaded the website’s app and put up a profile of himself claiming to be aged 19 years old.The man, who lives in a different part of Inishowen, contacted the boy and was told his mother would be out for two hours.The 30-year-old man appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to the defilement of a child under 15 years on April 13th, 2015.The court heard how the boy’s mother had left them in her home with his siblings while she went out for a couple of hours with her partner.She gave the boy her mobile phone in case she needed to be contacted urgently.For full story see who forced 13-year-old to perform sex act to be sentenced this Friday was last modified: April 30th, 2018 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)last_img read more


first_imgFormer President of Ireland Mary Robinson has spoken of her love of Donegal and how she always feels welcomes here.Mrs Robinson’s grandparents were from Carndonagh and she revealed how she spent many happy summers in Inishowen.Writing in the latest edition of Donegal County Council’s e-zine magazine, Mrs Robinson said she may have been born and raised a Burke form Mayo but she is also an O’Donnell form Carn! “I treasure the wonderful weeks we spent as a family in Donegal every summer – when my mother, four brothers and myself decamped en masse to my grandparents’ home and my father commuted on the weekends. And the sun always shone on all those summer days!“Even in my younger days I was aware that there was a sense of isolation in Donegal – an isolation that was very welcome for holidaymakers but very difficult for the people for whom Donegal is home, and the isolation was particularly keen in terms of transport and economy,” she said.However she added it was these difficulties which made Donegal such a rich county.“But I believe these difficulties have led to Donegal and its people, in whatever part of the world they are living, benefitting from a richness of the language, music, literature and indeed all cultural manifestations runs deep and benefits all on the island of Ireland. “It has been interesting to see the contributions to our culture – for example by the work of the painters of Tory Island – where the influence of isolation is so clear but in a very positive sense,” she said.She said that over the years “my Donegal” has extended to include such different aspects as the Glenveagh National Park, the fishing community in Killybegs, the Iron Age fortress Grianan an Aileach, the contemporary architectural gem of Liam McCormick’s Burt Church, the Rosses, Dunlewy overlooked by the Errigal Mountains.“But I will summarise by saying that Donegal, Dun na nGall or the Fort of the Foreigner is a place where I never feel like a foreigner and where everyone is made to feel at home,” she said.EndsFORMER PRESIDENT ROBINSON SPEAKS OF HER LOVE OF DONEGAL AND HER SUMMERS SPENT HERE was last modified: June 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL Gardaí are facing a crime crisis.So few officers are available for duty, crime victims have been told they may have to wait for DAYS for them to attend.We have learned that on one night last week just TWO Gardaí were on duty for the whole of the Letterkenny area. Officers are also stretched in Ballybofey, Buncrana and Milford as they struggle to keep up with criminals.One victim of crime in Letterkenny last week told Donegal Daily: “I had been robbed before and the guards were here in 20 minutes.“But last week I was told no-one was available to come to my home as there were just two guards and they were dealing with other crimes. I was told it could be days before someone could come to take a statement.”Rank and file Gardai in the county confirmed that a “serious lack of resources” had led to what they called a “crisis” in the force in Donegal. “We just don’t have the personnel to deal with all the crimes taking place,” said one source.“There’s a crisis right now and no-one appears to be doing anything about it. Our greatest fear is if we have a major incident because we don’t have the people to deal with it.”The Garda Commissioner and the Justice Minister Alan Shatter have repeatedly claimed that the force in Donegal does have enough staff.But Gardaí on the ground have dismissed the minister’s claims.“It would take him five minutes to look at what we have to deal with and look at our numbers. If this was happening in his constituency there would be uproar,” said another source. Gardaí did make a number of arrests at the weekend in relation to car crime.CRISIS IN DONEGAL AS GARDAI STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH CRIME was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BallybofeybuncranacrimedonegalGardailetterkennyMilfordlast_img read more


first_imgA victim of a brain tumour who led five Garda cars on a 50km pursuit has been jailed for six months.Shaun Lynch was jailed for six months for dangerous driving. Pic copyright North West Newspix.Shaun Lynch led pursuing Gardai on the 30 minute chase during which he reached speeds of 100mph (160 kph) and careered onto the wrong side of the road several times. The 21 year old appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday on four charges of dangerous driving.The court heard he was stopped by Gardai at Manorcunningham but did a ‘diffing’ manouevre around them before escaping.He was eventually stopped when a stinger device was deployed across a road which saw Lynch’s BMW car disabled in the village of St Johnston.However Lynch and a passenger fled the scene before being caught by Gardai on December 14th last.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client came from a good background and had never been in trouble before.However he said he turned into a Jeckyl and Hyde character when he “got a steering wheel in his hands.”Mr Gallagher also revealed that Lynch, of 50 Bellstraw Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone, had suffered a brain tumour when he was 18 years old.“He had it operated upon and removed but he has six monthly checks.“He lives in fear that it will come back and start again and I think this affects him a lot as he is on medication for depression.“I appreciate he could have killed himself and other innocent parties but this was completely out of character for him,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Paul Kelly said it was rare that he sentenced people to prison for such offences.But he added that it would be a dereliction of the court’s duty if this matter went unpunished.“That type of driving is intolerable and it is a miracle that he is not facing more serious charges because someone was not injured,” said Judge Kelly.He sentenced Lynch to six months in prison and also disqualified him from driving for six years.MAN WHO LED GARDAI ON 50KM CHASE JAILED FOR SIX MONTHS was last modified: January 8th, 2015 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:BMWdangerous drivingdonegalGardaiShaun LynchstingerstrabaneTyronelast_img read more