Fire death tragedy
AN elderly woman who lost her life in a house fire had managed to activate a panic button to alert her neighbours before the flames took hold. The woman was named locally as Eileen McDonnell (78), who lived on the outskirts of Ballyvary village, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
It is understood that Mrs McDonnell, who lived alone, had managed to call for help by pressing her panic button alarm. Neighbours were quickly on the scene but were unable to save her. Three units of Mayo Fire Brigade fought the outbreak, which occurred at around 2.30pm.
WHEEL LOSS PROBE
HEALTH service bosses confirmed there was no patient on board an ambulance that lost a wheel as it was being driven. The incident occurred at about 5am on Thursday as the ambulance was being driven back to Dundalk from Drogheda.
The ambulance was towed away and the National Ambulance Service (NAS) confirmed it will be subject to "a technical examination".
MYSTERY DIGGER ATTACK
GARDAI are trying to find a motive for the extensive damage caused when a digger was driven under the cover of darkness into the front of a filling station and post office.
Part of the building was demolished in the attack and three petrol pumps were smashed in Blacklion, Co Cavan, raising fears of a major explosion. But no attempt was made to steal cash or goods from the premises.
Nobody was in the building at the time.
'DAILY MAIL' CUTS JOBS
THE 'IRISH Daily Mail' has let go around 10 staff, the Irish Independent understands.
The job cuts are divided between 'You Magazine', the glossy magazine published with the newspaper every Saturday, and TV Week, its television listings supplement. The Ballsbridge, Dublin-based 'Irish Daily Mail' and sister title, 'The Mail on Sunday', are owned by publisher Associated Newspapers Ireland, which employs 141 people.
SEARCH FOR STUDENT
A COAST Guard rescue helicopter has been combing land and water in a major search for a missing student union leader. The search for missing Limerick student Steven Kavanagh (21) resumes at first light today with divers down in the River Shannon and rescue helicopters examining the area.
The flow rate at the Ardnacrusha power plant was reduced overnight to allow divers access more of the waterway. His sister Donna said he left Thomond Student Village near LIT shortly before 2am on Thursday.