TWO suspects have been arrested by gardai after a savage assault on a 27-year-old man in the centre of Dublin. The victim of the attack, Ian McKenna, is listed as being in a critical condition at St James's Hospital but is expected to recover. He received a punctured lung as well as several stab wounds to the chest.
Gardai believe Mr McKenna, who is from Ballyfermot, clashed with a group of around 12 men outside the Central Bank in Dame Street at 6pm on Tuesday.
FISH DEATHS PROBED
THE reason behind the death of thousands of fish at sites in Leitrim and Longford is being investigated by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The organisation said more than 2,000 fish died in a 6km stretch in the Camlin River downstream of Longford town.
Water samples have been taken for analysis and investigations.
AIRPORT FUNDS BOOSTED
THE future of Waterford Airport was a little more secure last night after the allocation of more than €500,000 by the Irish Aviation Authority for infrastructure work. However, the airport remains at "a critical juncture", according to one government TD, despite the IAA announcement which follows the recent release of funding of €405,000 toward a 150-metre runway extension.
The airport remains without a London route following the withdrawal of Aer Lingus Regional.
BLOW FOR CAPPOQUIN
HOPES of saving 150 jobs at one of Ireland's biggest poultry producers have been dashed amid reports a UK firm specialising in asset sales has agreed its purchase. Cappoquin Chickens in Waterford employed 150 full- and part-time staff when it was placed in examinership 18 months ago. The firm was later placed in liquidation and employment dwindled to 70 jobs.
Locals have indicated that Scottish firm Boyd Foods is now negotiating to conclude the purchase of the troubled Irish firm.
RUDISHA FOR GALWAY
OLYMPIC world 800 metres champion David Rudisha is to compete in Galway on Saturday to raise money for charity. The Kenyan super-star, who is the Olympic and world record holder at the distance, will take part in the Galway Kenya Run in Dangan.
Also attending the event will be Rudisha's first coach, Brother Colm O'Connell.