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Friday 18 April 2014

Driver is arrested at scene after TD's secretary killed in traffic accident

AN investigation is under way after the death of a woman in a road accident in Co Longford. The 55-year-old, named locally as Bernie Kenny, was struck by a car at Legan village at around 1.30am yesterday.

The mother of one, who was secretary to Fine Gael TD James Bannon, was pronounced dead at the scene. The car driver, a man in his early 40s, was arrested at the scene.

MAN ESCAPES SHOOTING ATTACK ON HOUSE

A MAN in his 40s has escaped injury in a gun attack in the Waterside area of Derry. A gunman fired one shot through the front door of a house in Lincoln Court shortly after 11pm on Friday. The Democratic Unionist MLA for the area, William Hay, said whoever was behind the shooting didn't care who was in the house.

TEN DEATHS LINKED TO WINTER FLU VIRUS

FLU-RELATED deaths have risen to 10 so far this season. Figures provided by the Health Service Executive's Health Protection Surveillance Centre gave a breakdown of the ages of those who died from flu.

One child was between aged 0-4 years, one was between five and 14, one was aged between 15 and 64, while seven of the deaths were of people aged over 65.

NO WINNER OF €6.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €6,494,585 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 8, 15, 18, 21, 36, 45 (bonus 13). The Plus 1 numbers were 3, 4, 18, 40, 42, 43 (bonus 23) and Plus 2 numbers were 4, 7, 10, 18, 36, 39 (bonus 33).

WITNESSES SOUGHT IN DIGGER CRUSH DEATH

GARDAI investigating the death of a photography enthusiast who was crushed on a building site have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Balbriggan detectives say they are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in and around Harbour Road in Skerries, Co Dublin, at the time of the incident, at about 11.50am on Friday.

Harvey Wolfe, 54, from Skerries, died when he was crushed between a digger and a wall. He had been documenting the progress of the construction work at the site of a former hotel in the town.

UNIONS JOIN FORCES FOR AIRPORT STRIKES

THREATS of strikes at airports and at Aer Lingus have intensified as unions vow to co-ordinate any industrial action. Other unions have rowed in behind SIPTU, whose members have already voted in favour of strike action.

The dispute could affect services over the St Patrick's Day celebration, which is traditionally one of the busiest weekend's for the country's airports. Aer Lingus has warned of legal action to prevent any disruption.

ADAMS CALLS FOR BASQUE TO BE FREED

SINN Fein's Gerry Adams has called on Spain to release Arnaldo Otegi, the secretary-general of Basque socialist party Sortu. The Louth TD said Mr Otegi's continued imprisonment "makes no sense and is deeply unhelpful" following the announcement that the Basque paramilitary group ETA is preparing to decommission its weapons.

POLL BID BY MARIE FLEMING'S PARTNER

RIGHT-to-die campaigner Tom Curran will contest this summer's local elections as an independent candidate.

The Co Wicklow man unveiled his plans two months after the death of his partner Marie Fleming, who had lost a case to have the law on assisted suicide changed.

Mr Curran, 65, told how he had taken an active role in community politics in the past.

"South Wicklow is largely ignored, I feel, and it needs strong representation," said Mr Curran, who cared for his partner, a victim of multiple sclerosis.

Assisted suicide will not be part of his campaign but it will continue to be an area in which he will work.

COALITION SUPPORT STEADY IN NEW POLLS

SUPPORT for the Coalition parties is largely unaffected by the ongoing controversies surrounding the Garda Siochana, according to the latest opinion polls.

The Red C poll in the Sunday Business Post shows FG up two at 29 per cent and Labour up two to 11 per cent. The poll puts FF down one to 22 per cent, Sinn Fein level on 16 per cent and Independents up three to 22 per cent.

The results are slightly different in the Behaviour and Attitudes poll in the Sunday Times, which has FG level on 30 per cent, Labour down two to nine per cent, FF down two to 19 per cent, Sinn Fein up three to 18 per cent and Independents level at 24 per cent.

UNA HEALY TO HOST 'PRIDE OF IRELAND'

POP star Una Healy will host this year's 'Pride of Ireland' Awards. The Tipperary native and member of girlband The Saturdays will front the event in June, which was set up to honour extraordinary achievements.

Awards will be given for fundraiser of the year, child of courage, outstanding bravery, lifetime achievement, emergency services hero, teacher of the year and sporting champion. To nominate someone for an award, log on to www.prideofireland.ie before Friday, April 4.

PROTEST OPPOSES DEMOLITION OF BAKERY

UP TO 150 people took part in a protest yesterday over plans to close Moore Street's iconic bakery, with the loss of 70 jobs.

The Green Party's Ciaran Cuffe said the days of sending a wrecking ball "to destroy entire neighbourhoods are over".

The closure is part of a plan to build a €900m shopping centre in Dublin. The development also includes national monument buildings, which were part of the 1916 Rising.

Operational manager at the popular Paris Bakery, Stephen Cunningham, said that staff had been "overwhelmed by public support".

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