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Sunday 20 April 2014

Gang murder arrests

GARDAI investigating the fatal shooting of convicted criminal Karl Wynne (45) in south Dublin last May have arrested three men for questioning.

Two suspects were detained yesterday morning in raids on homes in Finglas on the northside of Dublin and in Co Laois. The third man was taken out of Portlaoise prison, where he was being detained on unrelated offences.

CLANNAD FOLK AWARD

Clannad were honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in London's Royal Albert Hall last night.

Made up of siblings Moya, Ciaran and Pol Brennan, along with uncles Noel and Padraig Brennan, the band have been together 41 years. "It's always great to get a bit of recognition especially when it's away from home," Pol said.

SOLDIER ON REMAND

A MEMBER of the Defence Forces has appeared in Letterkenny District Court on explosives charges.

Private Mark Cassidy, of Grianan Vale, Ballyederowen, Burnfoot, Co Donegal, faces two charges of possessing explosives at the same address on Tuesday this week. He was remanded in custody until Monday.

O'BRIEN CANCELS DATE

AWARD-winning author Edna O'Brien had to cancel her appearance at the Limerick Literary Festival to "regain her strength".

According to O'Brien's agent Linda Van, work and travel demands have taken their toll on the 83-year-old playwright. "It has all taken its toll. She needs to regain her strength," she said. The festival starts today.

CROSSES VANDALISED

ALMOST half of the commemorative crosses erected to those who lost their lives in road tragedies at the notorious Slane bridge in Meath have been destroyed by vandals.

Eleven of the memorials were smashed beyond repair and two of the crosses were turned upside down in the "apparent act of vandalism". A total of 23 white crosses were erected in memory of all those who have been tragically killed at the accident black spot.

SHARON SUSPECT FREED

A MAN suspected of sending threatening and sexually graphic emails and letters to RTE newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain has been released.

The 37-year-old man had been questioned in relation to Ms Ni Bheolain's complaint after gardai were able to trace the suspect from a computer IP address. A file will now be prepared for the DPP.

Irish Independent

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