Monday 25 September 2017

Crash kills pensioner

A PENSIONER was killed in a road crash near Ballybofey, Co Donegal, last night.

John O'Donnell, who was in his late 60s, died at the scene of the crash around 8pm after the incident involving a van and a car at Welchtown.

The driver of the second vehicle was treated for injuries, not thought to be serious, in Letterkenny General Hospital.

CLERYS COUNTDOWN

IT'S tipped to be the makeover of the year, and Clerys's new look will finally be unveiled this week – just in time for Christmas shopping.

At 11am on Friday the iconic Dublin department store will reopen for business after being ravaged by a catastrophic storm in July.

Last night, family and friends of staff from the department store got a sneak preview after the O'Connell Street landmark underwent a multi-million euro makeover. Tonight, VIP customers will get a look, and it will be business as usual on Friday.

USED CAR SALES SURGE

CHANGES in the law which forced drivers to declare if their vehicle would be off the road appear to have given a boost to used-car sales.

There was a 35pc spike – to 93,550 – in the number of vehicles sold in September.

The net effect of the law changes meant owners had to declare vehicles that would be off the road, according to Cartell.ie, but to do that they had to file proper documentation to show they owned them – this seems to have sparked a late rush to declare ownership as the October 1 deadline loomed.

MEP AYLWARD QUITTING

FIANNA Fail MEP Liam Aylward has announced he is stepping down from the European Parliament next year.

Mr Aylward, who has represented the Ireland East constituency since 2004, last night said he believes it is time to allow "new candidates to make their contribution".

The decision is likely to pave the way for former junior Agriculture minister Sean Connick, who has been open about his desire to return to politics.

Mr Connick said that he does not believe his role in the last government is an issue.

RAID AT RUGBY HOTEL

GARDAI have appealed for witnesses following a robbery at the Irish rugby team hotel.

A car belonging to a photographer was broken into at Carton House near Maynooth in Co Kildare.

Equipment worth €12,000 was stolen. The incident happened during the team press conference when Mick Kearney and Brian O'Driscoll were addressing the media yesterday at lunchtime.

Irish Independent

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