Monday 24 July 2017

Gardai appealing for leads after fatal stabbing of young man during fracas

GARDAI are appealing for information into the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man during what was described as a heated fracas on The Hole in the Wall Road in Donaghmede in north Dublin early yesterday.

Gardai said last night that they were withholding the name of the victim until they had informed his relatives. The young man was stabbed at around 1.30am near the Gratton Wood apartment complex. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

DUP and SF continue with crisis talks

NEGOTIATORS from the DUP and Sinn Fein returned to Stormont yesterday as efforts continued to avert a collapse of the powersharing Executive.

Yesterday the DUP leader Peter Robinson called his party together to brief MLAs on the progress of negotiations with Sinn Fein on outstanding issues related to the transfer of policing and justice powers to Belfast.

After the meeting, DUP sources said that the chances of the deal were no greater than 50/50, with the parades issues still contentious, as well as other core justice issues.

Two men to be freed in murder probes

TWO men aged in their 40s and 50s are expected to be released by gardai investigating the double murder of criminal figure Brendan Molyneaux, 46, and innocent by-stander Paddy Mooney, 58, at an apartment block in Dublin's Pearse Street last week.

On Friday, Gary Howard, 22, of Dunsoghley Grove, Finglas, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with murdering the two men. During the brief appearance Howard, flanked by gardai in the witness box, dropped his trousers and underpants and said to Judge Patrick McMahon: "Judge, spank that hairy arse. Suck it hard."

Stricken Irish yacht is beyond repair

The round the world racing yacht, the Cork Clipper is beyond economic repair and has been abandoned after it collided with a reef in the Java Sea two nights ago. The 17 crew -- including eight Irish nationals -- were all rescued.

The surveyors and salvage experts advise that the boat is so weak it would not survive being towed over 720km to Singapore. It is the first yacht lost in seven races.

One winner of €7.5m Lotto jackpot

THERE was one winner of last night's €7,457,357 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in the Midlands and the numbers were 4, 13, 16, 19, 30, 45 (bonus 35).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 61 Match 5s (€1,839); 154 Match 4+bonus (€182); 3,458 Match 4s €50; 4,206 Match 3+bonus (€27); and 57,005 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 8, 13, 15, 17, 35, 42 (bonus 21). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 10, 23, 24, 26, 30, 32 (bonus 41). In the UK draw for £7m, the numbers were 4, 7, 10, 14, 27, 42 (bonus 25).

Pair held in baby death probe released

Gardai investigating the suspicious death of a 10-day-old baby boy yesterday released without charge a man and woman who were arrested on Thursday night.

The boy, John McCarthy, from Navan, Co Meath, died on January 8 shortly after being taken to hospital with injuries similar to those sustained in a fall from a height.

Gardai say a file is being prepared for the DPP and the investigation is continuing.

Agency slams Vietnam adoptions ban

AN Irish adoption agency has expressed its regret at the Government decision to halt adoptions to Ireland from Vietnam. Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency has worked since 2005 with families adopting from Vietnam.

Sharon O'Driscoll, chief executive of Helping hands said: "We would strongly recommend that the Irish Government engage with the rest of the international community to help in improving adoption in Vietnam."

Man remanded on bail in 'sex assault'

A 30-YEAR-OLD man was remanded on bail at a sitting of Carrickmacross District Court, Co Monaghan, last week on five charges of alleged sexual assault on another male at Carrickmacross 14 years ago.

The charges related to dates between August 9, 1995 and September 1, 1995. The court heard the accused was arrested earlier in the week in Co Cavan. Garda Valerie Campion, Carrickmacross, said the accused made no reply to the charges. The accused was remanded to a further sitting at Carrickmacross on February 10.

Man killed after his lorry hits trees

A MAN has been killed after a single-vehicle collision. The male driver, who was in his 40s, was the sole occupant of an articulated lorry. It collided with trees on the N52 Delvin to Kells Road, near Fordstown at 6.30pm on Friday.

He died as a result of his injuries yesterday morning after being taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar. The scene is being examined by forensic investigators and gardai at Kells, Co Meath.

Irish bull in demand all over the globe

SUPERSTAR Irish bull Ruud 96 is in demand all over the world after a major scientific breakthrough allows him to produce more female calves than males.

The technology was developed at the laboratory at the National Cattle Breeding Centre in Enfield, Co Meath.

The most successful bull ever at the Irish stud, Galtee Merci, fathered an incredible 45,286 daughters and a similar number of sons. His successor, Ruud 96, has so far managed to sire 24,086 males and females. Ruud's story will be on RTE's Ear to the Ground on Tuesday at 8.30pm.

Two compensation claims after snow

DUBLIN City Council is the only city council to receive compensation claims as a result of the freezing weather. In the last week it received two compensation claims.

A spokesman for Dublin City Council stated that it had no liability in cases caused purely by natural conditions, so anyone who tripped or fell as a result of icy pavements were not entitled to be compensated for any injury.

IFA forum on flooding set for today

THE IFA has organised a public forum today to discuss the creation of one agency with full responsibility for river and waterways maintenance in the State.

The forum will hear from those worst affected by last year's floods, and from agencies with responsibility for management of rivers and waterways. It will take place in the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe, Co Galway at 3pm.

Solicitor leaves €9m behind in will

A WELL-KNOWN Dublin solicitor has left more than €9m in his will, which went to probate last week. Valentine J Kirwan, of Elton Park, Sandycove, Co Dublin, who died on February 16, 2009, left €9,178,318.

Other wills: Sean Brady, publican Ludlow Street, Navan, Co Meath, €5,033,500; Thomas Roe, Golden Ball, Kilternan, Co Dublin, €4,630,115; Theresa Moroney, radiographer, Roebuck Lawn, Clonskeagh, Dublin, €3,777,704; Esther Buckley, farmer, Greatconnell, Newbridge, Co Kildare, €2,975,053; Sean McCaffrey, publican, The Diamond, Donegal, €2,235,286; Elizabeth Skeffington, Rathbeal Road, Swords, Dublin, €2,115,740; and former Fianna Fail and Progressive Democrat TD, Pearse Wyse of Ballinalough, Cork, €1,149,016.

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