Former Fianna Fail senator dies
Former Fianna Fail senator Willie Farrell died at the age of 81 in Sligo General Hospital yesterday. he had a political career spanning 35 years, first serving as a member of Sligo County Council in 1967.
Mr Farrell, from Cliffoney, Co Sligo, was on the council for 30 years and he was elected to the Seanad in 1982. He lost his seat at the 1983 Seanad election, but was re-elected in 1987 and held the seat until he retired in 2002. Mr Farrell will be laid to rest tomorrow.
Dud explosive was 'a warning'
Gardai are investigating links to the planting of an explosive device outside a house in west Dublin. Officers said it had been put together in a way that would ensure that it would not explode and investigators believe it had been intended as a warning.
Last night they were trying to establish the identity of the intended target. The device was left at an address in Palmerstown early yesterday.
Algerian ends his jail hunger strike
AN ALGERIAN man, who was one of seven arrested in counties Waterford and Cork last month in relation to the alleged plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist, has ended his hunger strike in jail. Ali Charaf Damache (44), of John Collins House in Waterford city, was jailed after failing to get bail.
Mr Damache was charged at a special sitting of the District Court on March 15 and was further remanded in custody on Thursday.
Students to finish walk for Nepal
A group of students will arrive in Galway this evening having walked from Ennis carrying up to 20 litres of water each. The students walked 37km from Ennis to Gort yesterday and will complete the remaining 35km today.
They are members of the Draiocht society in NUI Galway and are raising money to construct a new health care centre in Nepal. This summer 14 volunteers will travel to Nepal to work on the ground.
Dunphy expected back at Newstalk
CONTROVERSIAL broadcaster Eamon Dunphy is expected to return to his former broadcasting home in Newstalk in a new weekend show.
An announcement confirming that he will take up a slot is expected this week. However, a final agreement on the move has not yet been signed and sealed, it is understood. Dunphy left the broadcaster in 2006 after presenting the breakfast show there for two years.