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Saturday 19 April 2014

Camper van driver, 79, dies instantly in collision with truck on the N4

A 79-year-old man died over the weekend when the camper van he was driving hit a truck on the N4 between Longford town and Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.

He was named yesterday as Joseph O'Kane from Clogherhead, Co Louth. His passenger on Friday, a woman in her 60s, was injured. Conditions were said to have been good at the time of the crash. The road was closed for a number of hours following the incident.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact Granard Garda Station on 043-6687660.

Two held in €250,000 cannabis haul

TWO men were being questioned yesterday in Waterford by gardai about the seizure of €250,000 worth of herbal cannabis in the city. The men, aged 34 and 42, can be held for seven days under drug trafficking legislation.

A joint operation between the Revenue Customs Service and the Garda National Drugs Unit led to the 12.5kgs of herbal cannabis being seized from business premises on the outskirts of Waterford city. Gardai said searches are continuing in Waterford city and south Kilkenny.

Costello in Ethiopia for PM's funeral

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, is in Ethiopia to attend the funeral of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi today.

Ireland established its bilateral assistance programme in Ethiopia in 1994 and since then has been working with the Ethiopian government and a range of UN agencies and NGOs in an effort to support the country's development.

No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot

THERE were no winners of last night's €2m Lotto. The numbers were 1, 6, 9, 15, 18, 44 (bonus 25).

There were 48 Match 5s who each get €1,534; 142 Match 4+bonus (€130); 2,792 Match 4s (€41); 3,610 Match 3+bonus (€21) and 40,424 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39 (bonus 25) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 10, 18, 26, 32, 42, 45 (bonus 34).

In the UK Lotto worth £4m the numbers were 15, 30, 36, 39, 41, 49 (bonus 2).

Body of woman recovered from sea

The body of a woman has been recovered from the sea near the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare. The alarm was raised on Friday when an abandoned car in the area was reported to gardai. It is understood the car belonged to a woman in her 40s from Cork who is known to have relatives in Clare.

The Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard located a body 400m offshore. Gardai say the death was not suspicious and are treating the incident as a personal tragedy.

Coughlan mourns death of husband

Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan is grieving following the death of her husband David Charlton.

He died last night following a battle with cancer. He was a garda attached to Glenties station. The couple met when he was on duty at Leinster House and they married two years later when Ms Coughlan, 47, was 26 years old.

Call for help in search for missing girls

Gardai have asked the public to help in regard to a number of cases of missing teenage girls.

Gardai in Rathfarnham renewed their appeal about Bernadette O'Connor, 16, who has been missing since July 2. Gardai are very concerned for her safety. Anyone with information should contact Rathfarnham Garda Station on 01-6666 500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. Bernadette is 5ft6in, of medium build, with long brown hair. When last seen she was wearing a purple tracksuit and pink runners.

Meanwhile, gardai in Leixlip are seeking assistance for help in tracing sisters Rosan and Roberta Oulai. They were last seen in the area on August 20. Rosan, 17, is 5ft5in, of slim build, with brown eyes and has a piercing to her upper lip. Roberta, 15, is 5ft6in, slim, with brown eyes. Anyone with information should call Leixlip Garda Station 01-6667 800, or the Garda Confidential Line.

Two held as laundered fuel seized

TWO men have been held for questioning after Customs seized more then 20,000 litres of laundered fuel at Dublin Port. After a surveillance operation, officers intercepted the fuel haul as it was about to be taken out of the country on a ferry to Liverpool. A truck was also seized.

Beach reopened after sewage cleaned

Balbriggan beach in north Dublin, which was closed after being contaminated with raw sewage, has reopened after getting the all-clear. It had been closed for several days after raw sewage was pumped into the sea.

Dublin woman leaves €4.1m in will

Elaine Joy, of Pembroke Road, Dublin (formerly of South Hill Avenue, Blackrock), has left €4,103,665 in her will.

Other wills: Dorine V Rehill, writer, Kilcroney Lane, Bray, Co Wicklow, €2,911,877; John Stewart, bank official, Meadow Bank, Bush Park, Dublin, €905,282; Nicholas Hickey retailer, Ballymoney, Gorey, Co Wexford, €807,610 and Madhbh Mhic Gheralt (aka Countess ME Fitzgerald) of Cuil Aluinn, Killiney, Co Dublin, solicitor, €791,291.

The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts

Sunday Independent

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