Wednesday 18 October 2017

Court delay 'crisis'

A Supreme Court Justice has called attention to a "crisis" in the listings for the Court of Criminal Appeal, which now stretches to 209 cases – meaning applicants can serve their sentence before their appeal is heard.

Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said there was "very little" that could be done about the hearing delays in the appeal court and that it would now take "something extraordinary" for priority to be afforded to cases.

Parrys remember Tim

THE parents of a young boy killed in the IRA bomb attack in Warrington 20 years ago said they have "given up" hope that the perpetrators will ever be brought to justice.

Tim Parry (12) was shopping for football shorts when he was caught in the blast which tore though Warrington town centre on March 20, 1993. As his parents prepare to mark the 20th anniversary of the atrocity, Colin and Wendy Parry paid tribute to Tim as a boy who "epitomised a young man who loved life". Three-year-old Johnathan Ball also died in the bombing.

Plea for witnesses

GARDAI have renewed their appeal for information about the death of a man whose body was discovered more than a week ago. The body of Anthony Barrett, a single man in his early 40s who lived on Parliament Street in Kilkenny city, was found half a mile away in another house at Fatima Place on March 7.

Officers have not disclosed how Mr Barrett died but are continuing to treat his death as suspicious. Anyone who may have been in the Fatima Place area is asked to contact the incident room at Kilkenny garda station on 056-7775000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111.

Changing channel

RTE has appointed George Dixon to the position of channel controller on RTE One, and Bill Malone to the position of channel controller on RTE Two.

Mr Dixon had been controller of channel management at Channel 4 since 2011. Bill Malone has worked as commissioning editor for entertainment in RTE for the past two years.

'Cat cull' pays off

ONLY six fleas were found at University College Hospital in Galway after a 'cat cull' which began last October. A Rentokil inspection report showed that seven cats had been captured and put down.

The Rentokil report suggests the HSE had ordered the removal of feral cats from the UCH grounds. The cost of hiring pest-control company Rentokil for UHG and Merlin Park increased by 38pc last year, to €27,553.

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