Convicted burglar shot with handgun on doorstep of his girlfriend's house
A MAN who was shot in Shercock, Co Cavan, on Friday night has been named locally as Joseph Kierans.
Kierans was shot in the leg with a handgun after being confronted by two men on the doorstep of his girlfriend's single-storey house.
The shooting took place at about 9.45pm and Mr Kieran's girlfriend was in the house at the time.
More than one shot may have been discharged and a bullet hole was clearly visible in a window pane in the front door frame of the house.
Two weeks ago Kierans received a four-year suspended sentence after he was convicted at Cavan Circuit Court of aggravated burglary against a pensioner in his 80s. But gardai do not believe gun attack was linked to this crime.
WOMEN ON DRUGS CHARGES DISAPPEAR
TWO Chinese women who face a number of charges, including involvement in growing cannabis with an estimated value of around €500,00 in Monaghan last May, have disappeared while remanded on bail.
Gardai now believe they have left the country. It is also understood "no immediate action is to be pursued to have either of the woman extradited back to Ireland".
WINNING NUMBERS IN €5M LOTTO
THE winning numbers in last night's €4,958,880 Lotto draw were 5, 12, 19, 21, 29, 45 (bonus 8). The Plus 1 numbers were 5, 8, 14, 17, 20, 30 (bonus 31) and the Plus 2 numbers were 9, 20, 21, 31, 37, 38 (bonus 24).
IRISHMAN MISSING IN CHINA FOUND DEAD
THE body of a Galway man who had been missing in China over the past week has been found. Robert McHale, 23, was reported missing last Monday.
The Irish consulate general in Shanghai is liaising with Mr McHale's family, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
JUDGE 'SORRY' OVER MUSLIM COMMENT
A JUDGE who sparked outrage when he said "Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives" in front of a packed courtroom, says he never meant to cause offence.
Tallaght District Court Judge Anthony Halpin, who last month claimed that the civil defence may have to be drafted in to protect citizens from lawlessness in the area, said he never intended to single out Muslims.
"I apologise for the hurt caused and I ask for their forgiveness," he said in a statement yesterday.
"I made an unfortunate and incorrect remark in court. This attracted some attention which gives the impression that I hold views less than favourable to the Muslim religion... Nothing could be further from the truth.
"I made the remark, but what I intended to say, and should have said, was that people who beat their partners do not appreciate the provisions of safety or protection orders and need intervention and education."
CHARITY CYCLISTS COMPLETE 400KM TEST
More than 250 cyclists will set out from Galway this morning for the return leg of a 400km test of endurance.
On Friday at 6.30am the cyclists left the campus of NUI Maynooth for the westward leg of the charity cycle.
It's the 27th year of the Galway Cycle which has raised in excess of €1m for children's charities including Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, Headstrong and Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.
This year they are hoping to raise much needed funds for the Prader Willi Syndrome Association of Ireland.
Prader Willi Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects approximately 100 people in Ireland.
'CRIMECALL' APPEAL FOR DUBLIN PENSIONER
THE storyof a Dublin man who vanished without a trace more than two months ago will featured on tomorrow night's RTE's Crimecall.
Patrick Douglas, 64, of Woodville, Coolock, was last seen waiting for a bus on Amiens Street on January 5. He is 5ft 10in tall, with bluish-green eyes and receding black and grey hair. He is originally from the East Wall area.
GARDAI ASK FOR HELP OVER MISSING TEEN
Gardai have renewed their appeal for help in locating a teenage girl who has been missing since March 21.
Chloe Ebbs, 14, is described as being 5'4"tall, slim, with brown hair and blue eyes. It's believed she was last seen wearing a blue hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Bray Garda Station on (01) 663 5300, the garda confidential line on (1-800) 666 111 or any garda station.
RETAILS SALES RISE, NEW FIGURES SHOW
Retail sales were up marginally in February over the previous year, new CSO figures reveal. Annual sales were up 5 per cent in February over 2013; however, there was an overall 1.5 per cent decrease in retail sales between February and January.
Sales of clothing, footwear and textiles rose 3.5 per cent in February from January. Fuel sales were up 1.4 per cent.
PUBLISHER DIGS UP BECKETT'S 'BONES'
A previously unpublished Samuel Beckett story is to appear, 80 years after his publisher rejected it as a nightmare read that gave him "the jim-jams".
Echo's Bones was originally commissioned as a final story in More Pricks Than Kicks, his inter-related story collection published in 1934. But his publisher, Charles Prentice at Chatto & Windus, turned it down.
In a blunt letter, Prentice told Beckett: "It is a nightmare ... It gives me the jim-jams ... Echo's Bones would, I am sure, lose the book a great many readers."