Saturday 27 December 2014

Garda initiative to tackle crime the old-fashioned way launched city-wide

Published 02/02/2014 | 02:30

GARDAI have launched a new city-wide initiative to combat thieves in what has been described as a return to an "old-fashioned way of policing".

Some 144 community gardai are to be permanently deployed across every street in Dublin's north inner city by March 31, together with a number of detectives and detective sergeants. Gardai will introduce themselves to householders, and take note of issues in the area that are interfering with their quality of life.

They will also request homeowners' contact details, and remain in touch via phone, email and text.

'NO RE-OPENING' OF CLAUDY BOMB PROBE

The investigation into one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles will not be re-opened, the families of the nine victims have been told.

Despite calls last year for the re-opening of the investigation into the Claudy bombing in 1972, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has now told the families of the victims that it has insufficient grounds to revisit the crime. A Catholic priest who died in 1980, Fr James Chesney, is widely suspected to have been the leader of the IRA gang which left three bombs in the Co Derry village in July 1972.

NO WINNER OF €3.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €3,508,429 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 14, 29, 30, 33, 36, 45 (bonus 35). The Lotto Plus 1 saw 1, 5, 11, 33, 34, 37 (bonus 36), and the Lotto Plus 2 gave up 7, 15, 16, 26, 29, 39 (bonus 40).

CLUNE MAY JOIN FG EUROPEAN POLL TICKET

Fine Gael senator Deirdre Clune has not ruled out joining the Fine Gael ticket for the European Elections South constituency. To date, it is expected the FG ticket will consist of John Bryan, the former IFA leader, and the Kerry-based former president of the GAA Sean Kelly.

Though speculation is rising that Ms Clune may be approached to join the ticket, opinion is divided within Fine Gael, with concerns about splitting the vote being measured against the consequences of not running a Cork-based candidate. The convention that will decide the Fine Gael ticket is due to be held in February.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS SOAR TO 73,000

College applications have hit a record 73,063 this year. And the figure, reached when the CAO normal deadline passed on Friday, is likely to rise further as a result of late applications. Last year there were 71,186 applications.

Demand jumped from about 63,000 in February 2008, just before the economic crash.

CARGO SHIP ADRIFT OFF WEST COAST

A massive cargo ship was last night drifting without power in wild seas off the west coast of Co Clare – the third such incident in recent weeks.

The 289-metre bulk carrier Cape Elise, with 21 crew, is drifting about 180 nautical miles (333km) west of Loop Head. The Cape Elise is registered in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, and is carrying 170,000 tonnes of coal and is bound for the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

The vessel is without power, steering or radar – though it is not believed to be in any immediate danger. The situation is being monitored by the Irish Coast Guard.

HUMAN SKULL WASHES UP ON BEACH

A HUMAN skull was found washed up on a Connemara beach yesterday. It was discovered by a local person out walking near Tully Pier, Renvyle, Co Galway and has been removed to University Hospital Galway for examination

A search of the area is due to be carried out later today for any other human remains.

THIEVES STEAL €80,000 WORTH OF BIKES

Top-of-the-range bicycles worth more than €80,000 were stolen from a shop in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, last Tuesday. According to gardai, about 70 bikes were taken by thieves from Kilmallock Cycles on the town's main street. The bikes range in price from €1,000 to €3,500.

NEW BEGINNING TO LAUNCH ADVICE TOUR

Advocacy agency New Beginning, which helps people in financial distress, will this week begin a nationwide tour giving advice on how to deal with the banks.

What it calls the 'National Recovery Tour' begins in Bewley's Hotel, Ballsbridge, on Tuesday. They will be in the Kilmore Hotel, Cavan, and the Granville Hotel, Waterford, on Wednesday; and in the Longford Arms Hotel, Longford, and the River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, on Thursday. All meetings start at 7.30pm.

ENTERPRISE IRELAND TARGETS 5,000 JOBS

Enterprise Ireland expects to secure 5,000 new jobs this year. Enterprise Ireland's Niall O'Donnellan said that since 2011 there had been "re-growth across all fronts, and we would expect that to continue into 2014".

Mr O'Donnellan said the resurgence in engineering from a very difficult few years has been "quite significant".

He said the agency's indigenous engineering companies, such as Carlow-based hydraulic cylinder manufacturer Burnside Eurocyl, are now exporting more than they are selling in the domestic market for the first time, even in the competitive German market.

HOSPITAL CLOSURE A HUGE BLOW: GILMORE

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore yesterday described the closure of Mount Carmel Hospital as a "huge blow" to the staff and women who had hoped to have their babies there. He was speaking at the Labour Women's conference in Dublin. He said more than 30 per cent of Labour's candidates so far chosen for the elections are women.

"Labour is currently leading the way in terms of selecting female candidates – 43 of 140 so far – for the local elections," he said, speaking at the Labour Women's Conference at the Mansion House in Dublin.

GALWAY HOTEL RANKED IN TOP TRAVEL MAG

Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill has been rated as one of the Top 20 Resorts in Europe in the Readers Choice Awards of the Conde Nast Traveller, which is the world's premium traveller magazine.

Galway Bay Hotel was judged on areas such as: food quality, excellence in service, property location, activities provided and overall experience. The hotel was chosen as one of the top resorts in Europe by the thousands of voters and beat off tough competition from five-star resorts in various parts of Europe, including Ireland.

LYONS WINS MANLEY MEDIA AWARD

Former Sunday Independent business correspondent Tom Lyons last week received the David Manley Media Award – presented to the journalist who the judging panel believes has best and most regularly covered entrepreneurial issues.

The overall title went to Trevor White and Simon O'Connor who won the David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award for their work establishing and developing the Little Museum of Dublin.

RONAN MULLEN CORRECTION

In last week's issue in coverage of the Reform Alliance meeting, Ronan Mullen was referred to as a Fine Gael senator. In fact he is an Independent senator.

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