A brother of the murdered dissident republican Alan Ryan appeared before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday, along with two other men, charged with membership of the Irish Republican Army.
Vincent Ryan, 22, of Grange Abbey Drive, Raheny, Co Dublin, appeared before the three-judge court along with Nathan Kinsella, 33, of Matt Talbott Court, Dublin 1 and Darragh Evans, 23, of Grange Park Drive, Raheny. Judges Alison Lindsay, William Hamill and Flann Brennan remanded the three men in custody.
Cigarette link to triple fire tragedy
Gardai are satisfied that three men who died in a squat in Roscommon died from smoke inhalation due to a small fire in the living room of a house in St Ciaran's Park. The fire was confined to an armchair where one of the men was and may have been started by a cigarette. No fire was lit in the grate and gardai suspect that the incident was a repeat of an earlier one a few weeks ago when one of the men fell asleep in a chair with a lit cigarette.
Ian Finn, 49, originally from London who was living in Roscommon, died alongside John Kerr, 26, from Frenchpark Roscommon, and father-of-three Micheal Beirne, 48, from Rathcroghan, Roscommon. Mr Beirne had been in a relationship with Mr Kerr's mother.
The three men had been drinking in the derelict house where, according to friends, Mr Finn had been squatting for the past few months. Gerry O'Connor, a friend of Mr Finn's, told how he had put out a fire in the house just weeks earlier. "He had a habit of falling asleep with a cigarette in his hand... I had to put out a fire in the house just a few weeks ago, he could have died then."
Robinson wants State IRA apology
Northern Ireland's First Minister has called on the Government to apologise for its role in the emergence of the IRA in the Seventies.
DUP leader Peter Robinson said: "There is a clear connection between what the IRA did in its infancy and the government of the Irish Republic.
"I think the Irish Republic would do well to look at its role and recognise that it was not the way it should have behaved in those days, and apologise for it because massive death and destruction followed."
No winner of €4.1m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,158,219 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 11, 25, 27, 28, 35, 45 (bonus 18).
There was no Match 5+bonus winner either, but there were 40 Match 5s who each get €1,808; 105 Match 4+bonus (€173); 1,891 Match 4s (€59); 2,787 Match 3+bonus (€27); and 33,999 Match 3s (€5 each). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 17, 29, 32, 33, 42, 43 (bonus 6) and Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 8, 23, 28, 31, 37 (bonus 10).
In the UK draw for £4m the numbers were 14, 18, 19, 35, 44, 45 (bonus 33).
Drugs worth €0.75m seized in Galway
Cannabis plants with a street value of up to €750,000 were seized yesterday when Gardai from the Divisional Drug Unit searched two houses in the Tuam area and one house in the Oughterard area of Co Galway.
Five males and one female ranging in ages from their 20s to their 50s were arrested and are detained at Galway and Loughrea Garda Stations.
Body recovered from bottom of cliff
A body which had remained inaccessible at the bottom of a cliff in Co Clare for almost a week has been recovered from the sea. The body, believed to be that of a woman, was first spotted on Monday evening by tourists walking the cliffs just north of Hag's Head in Co Clare.
Several attempts by the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard to reach the body by boat had to be abandoned because of rough seas. Similar efforts by a team to abseil down the 183m cliff face, were also thwarted by high winds. However, the body was later taken out by the tide. The body was recovered and taken to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick for a post-mortem.
While the body has yet to be formally identified, gardai in Galway had been searching for an Eastern European woman, who was last seen in the city last Saturday.
Minister proposes Sisk to head VHI
The minister said Mr Sisk's extensive regulatory and business experience are important assets for the incoming chairman of the VHI board as it undergoes a period of transition towards a universal health insurance system. He was appointed to the board of the VHI earlier this year.
Man, 22, killed in two-car collision
A young man has died in a car crash in Co Monaghan. It happened at Colnoony, Drumully, near Clones, at around 3.50am yesterday and involved two cars.
The man who died, a 22-year-old front-seat passenger, has not yet been named. The 21-year-old male driver was uninjured. A 28-year-old man driving the second car was injured. His condition is not said to be life-threatening.
Tidy Town adds European gold medal
THE village of Abbeyshrule was celebrating on the double this weekend after adding the gold in the European Entente Florale Competition to its Tidy Towns win.
The Co Longford village was announced at a ceremony in Venlo in the Netherlands on Friday night, and was attended by a 14-strong delegation from the village.
The town of Clonmel in Co Tipperary also got in on the act, and they picked up a silver medal in the European competition.
Hunt for will of Dubliners' McKenna
The hunt is on for the lost will of famous Barney McKenna, the banjo player with the The Dubliners.
McKenna, who died in April this year, had homes in Howth, Co Dublin and Co Meath and was reputed to own a fishing trawler in Howth. He played with the group for almost 50 years.
According to an advertisement in the Law Society Gazette, a firm of solicitors, O'Leary Maher of Howth Road, Dublin, are seeking information from anyone who knows the whereabouts of his will.
Former merchant leaves €3.5m in will
merchant Peter Galvin, of River Valley, Swords, Dublin, who died on December 29, 2010 left €3,541,667 in his will.
Other wills: James McCarthy, company director, Alexandra House, Clane, Co Kildare, €2,100,256; Elizabeth Dwyer, botanist, La Vista Ave, Sutton, Dublin, €1,166,825; Anne Reardon, company director, Glounthane, Cork, €953,250; Christine Marie Antoinette Gainsford St Laurence, Howth Castle, Dublin, cookery tutor, €143,395.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts