GARDAI and the PSNI have upgraded a hit-and-run death to murder.
Pat John McCafferty (49), a native of Pettigo, Co Donegal, died after the incident near Belleek, Co Fermanagh, on Sunday. A 40-year-old man arrested by gardai in Pettigo has been released without charge. Gardai say a file has been sent to the DPP. A PSNI spokesman confirmed the death had been upgraded to a murder investigation.
RECORD 106 RESCUES
MOUNTAIN rescue teams had their busiest year on record in 2013. Figures just released show that the combined Dublin-Wicklow and Glen of Imaal rescue services carried out a total of 106 rescue missions last year.
Close to 200 people were assisted as the rescue teams responded to calls for help from people trapped in snow and ice in remote areas of Co Wicklow, falls on mountainside tracks, people who lost their way and became disoriented, and dealt with casualties suffering leg injuries to cardiac arrest, spinal injures to self harm.
BOSTON FLIGHTS DELAY
AER Lingus has been forced to cancel flights for hundreds of passengers who had booked to travel between Shannon and Boston later this month.
The airline flew its last service of the season from Shannon to the US earlier this week and had hoped, following a two-week break in operations, to resume a year-round service to Boston from January 20. This has now been delayed by a week. Flights between Shannon and New York, however, will not resume until March 30 with six flights a week.
O'CARROLL UP FOR AWARD
COMEDIAN Brendan O'Carroll may have to make more room on his mantelpiece, as his hit show 'Mrs Brown's Boys' is up for yet another award.
The TV phenomenon has been shortlisted in the 'Best Comedy' category of the National TV Awards in the UK -- the same coveted prize it took home last year. The BAFTA-winning series, which topped the Christmas viewership ratings both in Ireland and the UK, has been nominated alongside 'The Big Bang Theory', 'Derek' and 'Miranda'.
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