Councillor wants Russian ambassador expelled over spies' 'Irish passports'
A COUNCILLOR has called for the expulsion of the Russian ambassador if allegations that false Irish passports were used by its spies are proved. "The abuse of Irish passports must stop," said Councillor Keith Martin of Clare County Council.
"We should close the Israeli embassy over the use of our passports by Israeli assassins and if the new allegations of spying against Russia are true, we should expel the Russian ambassador over the abuse of our passports by Russian spies," he said.
Gilmore says he's 'credible' Taoiseach
LABOUR leader Eamon Gilmore told the Tom Johnson Summer School in Kilkenny yesterday that he was ready to become Taoiseach and that the people of Ireland felt that it was a real possibility.
"Last year, the theme of the Tom Johnson Summer School was 'Achieving a Labour-led Government'. I committed then that my ambition was to put Labour in the driving seat of the next government," he said. "Twelve months later, Labour's ambition to lead the next government is seen as both credible and achievable."
Medal for last soldier killed in North
THE parents of the last British soldier to be murdered in the Troubles in the North have been awarded an Elizabeth Cross on his behalf.
Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, 23, was killed by a PIRA sniper at a checkpoint in Bessbrook, Co Armagh, on February 12, 1997. In recognition of his sacrifice, his parents Rita and John Restorick from Nottinghamshire, England were yesterday presented with the medal.
New Bishop of Clogher to be ordained
A NEW bishop is to be ordained later this month in succession to the former Bishop of Clogher, Dr Joseph Duffy, who recently stepped down.
The Catholic hierarchy have announced that the episcopal ordination of the former bishop's newly appointed successor, Monsignor Liam McDaid, born in Bundoran, will take place at a ceremony in St Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan, on July 25.
Gardai appeal for witnesses to crash
GARDAI at Terenure Garda Station yesterday renewed their appeal for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision on Templeogue Road, Dublin, last Sunday close to Bushy Public Park at around 1.50pm.
Two vehicles collided, a white-coloured Toyota Hiace and a dark grey moped. The motorcyclist is still in a serious condition in Tallaght Hospital.
Gardai in Terenure can be contacted on 01 6666400, or the Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
No winner of €2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 3, 12, 25, 39, 41, 44 (bonus 36).
There was no Match 5+bonus winner but there were 40 Match 5s who each get €1,997; 101 Match 4+bonus (€198); 1,956 Match 4s (€63); 2,734 Match 3+bonus (€30); and 33,875 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 12, 21, 31, 36, 42, 44 (bonus 5) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 5, 17, 30, 31, 40 (bonus 37).
And in the UK draw for an estimated stg£7m prize, the numbers were 8, 31, 37, 43, 44, 48 (bonus 14).
Asylum seekers to hold hunger strike
FOREIGN nationals claiming asylum in Ireland are to go on hunger strike after it was confirmed yesterday that more than 150 of them are to be moved from the Mosney accommodation centre in Co Meath.
The Department of Justice told the residents they were to be transferred to different hostels across the country as part of a cost-saving exercise. The centre was opened in 2001 and many of the 800 residents at the facility near Laytown have lived there for years.
Army disables suspicious package
THE Army yesterday dealt with a suspicious package found in Clonmel town centre. A member of the public brought the device to Clonmel garda station after he found it on his property early yesterday morning.
The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on the scene and discovered the package to be a viable improvised explosive device. The device was made safe at the scene.
ECB policymaker talks up eurozone
A senior policymaker with the European Central Bank has said Europe's overall economic prospects are positive.
Gertrude Tempel-Gugerell told a forum in Shanghai that recovery in Europe was well on track and that the right policies were in place to return to levels of growth seen before the financial crisis. She also said low interest rates provided attractive financing conditions, leading to expansion in the eurozone economy.
Garden party frolics in aid of hospice
The gardens of the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire will be alive to the sound of fun, laughter and music next Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- July 9 to 11 -- with a three-day event in aid of the Blackrock Hospice.
Events will include crazy golf, clown shows, and there will be ballad groups and fun for all the family. Entrance is free and all proceeds will go to a very important and worthwhile cause.
Three tenors for National Concert Hall
STRAIGHT from filling Armagh Cathedral, Ireland's three tenors will be in the National Concert Hall in Dublin for a unique "crossover hit show" next Saturday. John Scott, David Martin and Declan Kelly will be joined by singer Ellen McElroy and star violinist Maria Mason.
The crossover/classic mix will include songs like My Way and Bridge Over Troubled Water. You can buy tickets from €25 by calling (01) 417 0000 or online at www.nch.ie
Company boss leaves €5.6m in will
Michael Kelly, a managing director of Kenilworth Square, Rathgar Dublin, who died on September 8, 2009, has left €5,610,317 (gross €9,271,771) in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Other wills: Bernard McDonald, publican, Tolka House, Clonee, Co Meath, €3,024,577; Leonard Russell Boyd, company director, Rostrevor Road, Warrenpoint, Co Down, €3,506,884; Kevin Ryan, engineer, Kilbgobbin Lawn, Stepaside, Dublin, €2,198,825; William Nesbitt, self-employed, Leopardstown Rd, Foxrock, €2,959,105; William English, farmer, New Inn, Cashel, Co Tipperary, €2,134,110; Noel Curran, lorry driver and farmer, Bohernabreena, Tallaght, Dublin, €1,830,492; Martin Duffy, winchman, Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin, €1,776,399 and James Breen, farmer, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, €1,441,900.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts