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Thursday 17 April 2014

Gardai appeal for help from the public in bid to trace missing 16-year-old

Gardai in Macroom, Co Cork, wish to seek the public's assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 16-year-old Tammy Duggan (inset), who has been missing since December 23.

Tammy was last seen at approximately 2pm on December 23 in the Ballincollig area of Co Cork.

She is 5ft 2in tall and of petite build with brown shoulder-length hair and brown/green eyes. When last seen, she was wearing black knee-length boots, black leggings, zebra-print skirt, black top and navy puffa jacket with a belt.

WOMAN HOSPITALISED AFTER FIRE RESCUE

A woman was taken to hospital after she was rescued from a burning building in Limerick City.

The fire broke out at a vacant building on Broad Street shortly after 1pm yesterday. According to eyewitnesses, at least one other man was given oxygen on a footpath outside the building.

A woman, who was found semi-conscious having suffered the effects of smoke inhalation, was rescued by a fire officer from an upstairs room.

She was removed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. Her age and condition are unknown. Three units of Limerick City fire and rescue service, and a fire tender from Shannon, Co Clare, attended the scene. The fire has now been brought under control.

A male eyewitness said he saw plumes of black smoke exiting the street-side upstairs windows of the two-storey building and heard screams.

"There was one man receiving oxygen on the footpath outside the building," the man said. "There were people screaming. I don't know who they were."

The building, which used to be run as a rugby-themed pub, The Tri Line, is now vacant.

NO WINNER OF €7M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €7,035,514 Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 6, 7, 16, 22, 40, 45 (bonus 23). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 15, 16, 22, 28, 34 (bonus 11) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 6, 14, 24, 33, 39 (bonus 31).

PSNI INVESTIGATES DEATHS OF TWO MEN

Police in the North are investigating the deaths of two men, whose bodies were found in separate discoveries in Co Fermanagh.

The body of a man in his 30s was discovered on a river bank close to Loughview Drive in Enniskillen on Friday afternoon.

Officers are also investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man aged in his 20s, whose body was found in a house in the Tattynuckle Road area of Tempo, also on Friday.

The PSNI said that post-mortem examinations will be carried out to determine the cause of death in both cases.

CAR BREAKDOWN FIRMS ARE ON HIGH ALERT

ROADSIDE assistance companies are on high alert ahead of next Thursday (Jan 2), with calls from stranded motorists expected to quadruple.

Hundreds of thousands of drivers, who haven't used their vehicles at all during the festive period, will get behind the wheel to return to work on January 2. But experts say many commuters won't even make it out of the driveway, as they won't be able to start their cars.

One of Ireland's largest roadside assistance companies, Allianz Global Assistance, said flat batteries would be the biggest single cause of breakdowns. And the Dublin-based company's chiefs urged commuters to ensure their vehicles are 'road-ready' before getting behind the wheel.

Roland Hesse, Allianz Global Assistance Ireland Country Manager, said: "The vast majority of call-outs on January 2 will probably be to a customer's home, with a flat battery being the main culprit.

"Our advice is to drive your car for at least 30 minutes before January 2, therefore ensuring your car battery is fully charged and ready for that first day back at work."

FAI PLANS TO HOST 2020 EUROS MATCHES

The Sports Minister Michael Ring has welcomed the news that plans are far advanced within the FAI for Ireland to host a series of matches in the European Soccer Championships of 2020.

The Sunday Independent has learnt that the FAI is poised to put together a proposal to see Ireland host the European Championships in soccer.

It is believed the proposal is "far advanced and is expected to be unveiled in the new year''. Mr Ring told the Sunday Independent: "This will have the full support of the Government; it is a very realistic proposal.

Significantly, it is believed hosting the 2020 championships would not entail significant costs for Ireland since "most of the funding is provided by UEFA''.

Ireland would not be hosting the entire tournament, but a change in the format of the competition where the 2020 Euros will consist of eight groups of four means it is planned the initial group stages of the competition will be played across a number of countries.

It is unlikely Ireland would be hosting the semi- or quarter-finals, but it is anticipated that "we could host up to four or more of the group stage games".

SHARP RISE IN SEIZURES OF FAKE ALCOHOL

A sharp increase in the seizures of counterfeit alcohol has been revealed by the Revenue Commissioners.

In all, 929 litres of fake branded booze were seized up until the end of November -- a four-fold increase on the 232 litres for the whole of 2012. Spirits, mainly vodka, accounted for the majority of seizures.

The Revenue Commissioners are warning of the health risks and dangers of buying cheap fake alcohol drinks and have urged publicans and consumers to only buy alcohol from reputable sources.

DUAL PIER FIREWORKS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

For the first time ever a dual fireworks display will see fireworks fired from both the East and West Piers in Dun Laoghaire to bring in 2014 with a momentous bang.

The mammoth display will mark one of the most successful Christmases the seaside town has ever seen.

The impressive show can be seen from Newtownsmith in Dun Laoghaire and all around Dublin Bay at 12 midnight on New Year's Eve. A special smaller fireworks display for young families will take place at 6pm on New Year's Eve, fired from the Carlisle Pier.

LEINSTER HOUSE RUNS OUT OF DAIL WINE

Leinster House has run out of its supplies of the new Oireachtas-branded wine.

The new Oireachtas 'Dail wine'' brand has become one of the unexpected retail successes of the Christmas rush. Such has been the demand, the Oireachtas ran out of stocks last week and had to place an urgent order.

One source said: "The stuff has just been flying off the shelves -- we can't get enough of it.

"They're buying cases of it. We're sold out, we've cleared 60 cases of it and now we're waiting on a new delivery. It's the X-box of Leinster House -- the drink that can't be got."

Irish Independent

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