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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Dinghy pair rescued

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Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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TWO men rescued on a small plastic dinghy a mile from the coast had no life-jackets or communication device.

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They were fortunate to be spotted by the MV Keary off St John's Point, near Killybegs, Co Donegal. The MV Keary "nursed" the dinghy to shore. The pair then got into their car and drove off. A Malin Head spokesperson said: "The dinghy was exactly like what you can buy in a supermarket for children."

CONSUMERS should beware of substandard products such as tents that fall apart in the rain or sunglasses that don't protect your eyes, the National Standards Authority of Ireland has warned.

Shoppers should check that summer products including sunscreen, armbands and swimming costumes as well as bouncy castles and tents carry the CE mark.

TRIBUTES were paid yesterday on the retirement of Mr Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill after 15 years as a High Court judge.

Attorney General Maire Whelan, Bar Council Chairman David Nolan, Law Society President John Shaw, Chief Registrar Kevin O'Neill and Brendan Ryan of the Courts Service paid tribute. Mr Justice O'Neill, originally from Galway, was called to the Bar in 1975. He became a senior counsel in 1986 and a High Court judge in 1999.

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Farmers in Cork were worst hit, racking up over €1m in penalties, while farmers in Kerry and Donegal were also hit with fines amounting to hundreds of thousands of euro, a parliamentary question to Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has revealed.

A judge has approved a €22,500 award for a five-year-old boy who fell off a set of monkey bars at a preschool.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keyes approved the payout to Maksymillan Nalepka of Ard Caoin, Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare. The boy broke his wrist when he fell at Davnet Dwyer's Ennis Montessori School at Cappahard Green, Tulla Raod, Ennis on May 22 of last year.

IRELAND'S largest one-day agricultural event takes place on Sunday, August 10. The Tullamore Show in the Butterfield Estate at Blueball, Co Offaly expects to attract over 60,000 visitors.

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