BUSINESSMAN Bill Cullen and his wife Jackie Lavin claim staff at their former luxury Co Kerry hotel, the Muckross Park in Killarney, are no longer allowed speak to them. The high-profile couple are among the best-known casualties of the post-Celtic Tiger economic collapse.
"The staff are not allowed speak to us. They've got solicitors' letters to say that they're not allowed speak or engage with us in any way whatsoever," said Ms Lavin.
RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, the receiver to the hotel, did not respond to a request for comment.
'OPEN DISCLOSURE' LEGISLATION ON WAY
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter and Health Minister James Reilly have started work on "open disclosure" legislation for hospitals. This would involve hospitals and medical personnel having to inform patients or families of medical incidents and failures that have caused harm or which are responsible for the death of a patient.
ARREST FOLLOWING DEATH OF ELDERLY MAN
AN INVESTIGATION has begun into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man following an incident at a house in Terenure, Dublin, yesterday afternoon.
Gardai were called to a flat in a house in the Ashdale Gardens area of Terenure at about 5.45 pm. A man in his 60s was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital with head injuries. He was later pronounced dead.
A male, aged in his 30s, was arrested at the scene and is currently being detained at Terenure Garda Station.
SINN FEIN ARD FHEIS APPLAUDS 'PANTI'
MENTION of drag artist Panti Bliss, who is at the centre of a row over an RTE libel payout, drew a large round of applause from delegates at Sinn Fein's ard fheis yesterday.
Sinn Fein's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representative Chris Curran condemned RTE for paying €85,000 to certain individuals and representatives of the Iona Institute. He paid tribute to what he described as the courage shown by the drag artist, whose real name is Rory O'Neill.
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR PRESS PUBLISHED
A CODE of practice for journalists has been published by the Press Council of Ireland and the Press Ombudsman.
The Code of Practice Handbook has been welcomed as a guide to creating higher standards in journalism and more accountability. It sets out 10 core principles, which include the need for truth and accuracy, privacy and the journalist's right to protect his or her sources. It also states that while a newspaper has the "right to publish what it considers to be news", it cannot publish material intended "to stir up hatred against an individual or group".
NO WINNER OF €4.5M LOTTO JACKPOT
THERE was no winner of last night's €4,466,928 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 7, 11, 16, 17, 36, 44 (bonus 6). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 9, 20, 29, 38, 45 (bonus 27) and the Plus 2 numbers were 2, 3, 29, 30, 35, 38 (bonus 21).
KINGSMILL KILLERS MAY SOON BE NAMED
THE identity of IRA members who butchered 10 Protestant workmen in one of the most brutal sectarian attacks of the Troubles may be revealed shortly by 'cold case' detectives. One, nicknamed 'the Major', lived in the Dundalk area and is expected to be named, along with other IRA men during the inquest into the 1976 Kingsmill atrocity, which begins in just over a week's time.
COUNTERFEIT €50 NOTES IN CIRCULATION
GARDAI have asked the public to check any €50 notes they receive as a large amount of counterfeit notes are thought to have been put into circulation. The notes are virtually indistinguishable, but have no watermark.
PRO-CHOICE ACTIVISTS MEET AT EMBASSY
A NUMBER of Irish pro-choice activists gathered outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin yesterday to protest against Spain's plans to change its abortion laws.
Since 2010, any woman can decide to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Spain.
But the Spanish government has published draft legislation which would only permit abortions in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at serious risk.
DEFENCE FORCES RECRUITMENT TO BEGIN
GENERAL service recruitment for the Defence Forces will begin next month, with some 264 vacancies in total.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter said promotions will be made this year in order to fill vacancies. There will also be a new general service recruitment competition next month.
KEEP CHILDREN SAFE, URGES COAST GUARD
GARDAI and the Coast Guard are warning parents to avoid bringing children to potentially dangerous coastal areas after images appeared last week of two small children almost being washed off a pier in south Dublin.
They issued joint statements following the incident captured on camera of two little girls being knocked off their feet and washed towards the edge of Bullock Harbour, Dalkey, by a high wave. Their father recovered them.
WARNING OF FURTHER GAS ATM HEISTS
GARDAI expect that a new, highly dangerous method of robbing ATMs using explosive gas may be repeated following the robbery of cash using the method from an Ulster Bank ATM in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last week.
Shots were fired at gardai pursuing the gang after the robbery – and cash and a container of petrol flew out of the open boot of the raiders' car. No arrests were made.
GARDAI ASK FOR HELP FINDING MAN, 61
GARDAI at Ballina, Co Mayo are seeking assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 61-year-old Padraic Sharkey.
Mr Sharkey was last seen in Moy Heights, Ballina, at 12.55pm yesterday afternoon. He is 5ft 10ins in height with brown eyes, a medium build and grey receding hair, and is clean-shaven. He was last seen wearing navy trousers, black shoes, a green striped suit jacket and a wine casual heavy jacket. Anyone with information may call Castlebar gardai (094) 9038200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666111.