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Thursday 17 April 2014

Drink-drive law attack

A PUBLICAN county councillor has called for the relaxation of drink-driving laws to allow customers up to three pints before driving home.

Galway councillor Tim Broderick said the current drink driving legislation was an "injustice to a generation" and contributed to rural isolation. Mr Broderick, who owns a pub in Kilconnell, Co Galway, said that it would depend on the person, but there were some people who would be able to drive home safely after three drinks.

DUBLINER HELD IN IBIZA

AN Irish woman was one of two people arrested in Ibiza on suspicion of drug offences.

The woman in her 20s – from Dublin – was apprehended by police on the island, with another woman. It is understood the arrests were made last Friday in a nightclub in the town of San Antonio. It is believed the charges relate to the supply of 21 ecstasy and 10 LSD tablets to customers in the club.

FOOTBALLER'S CANCER OP

A YOUNG Airtricity League footballer is to undergo surgery in the coming days after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Drogheda United's Gary O'Neill (31) – who has had spells with St Patrick's Athletic and Bohemians in the past – had experienced "minor symptoms" for a short period of time before being sent for tests by the Louth club. O'Neill, who has a partner and young family, scored the injury time winner in the 2009 FAI Cup final for Sporting Fingal.

WINDY WEEKEND AHEAD

THE country looks set to see blustery weather over the weekend as some forecasters have predicted 110kmh winds from the north-east.

This will come as good news for the organisers of Flightfest which is taking place in Dublin city centre this weekend. It is expected to attract 100,000 people and feature around 30 aircraft including a World War II B-52 bomber and the world's largest passenger Aircraft, the Airbus A380.

LEGAL AID COST HIKE

THE minimum financial contribution for availing of legal advice has increased from €50 to €130 in cases of legal aid. The changes were signed into law by Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday.

Pressure on the means-tested system for those unable to afford a private solicitor has grown significantly in recent years, with around 5,000 people were still waiting for an appointment to see a solicitor from the legal aid board at the end of last year. The Department of Justice said the charges would provide the board with an extra €700,000 per year.

Irish Independent

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