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Wednesday 16 April 2014

HSA probe launched after body of man, 51, recovered from slurry pit

THE body of a 51-year-old man was recovered from a slurry pit at a farm in Co Cavan on Friday, gardai have confirmed. The man's body was removed from the farm at Drumeague in Baileboro. The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has launched an investigation.

PSNI OFFICERS ESCAPE INJURY IN ATTACK

POLICE officers have again narrowly escaped injury in a late-night shooting incident in Belfast.

Last Thursday night, armoured Land Rovers were struck by at least 10 shots fired from the nationalist Ardoyne area of north Belfast. On Friday night, officers were fired on in west Belfast when a vehicle was struck by two shots on the Suffolk Road. Police believe dissident republicans using military assault rifles carried out both attacks. No PSNI officers were injured in either attack.

RTE DOESN'T CHERISH TALENT – KENNY

NEWSTALK presenter Pat Kenny has criticised RTE for failing to "cherish" and "manage" its talent. And the former Late Late Show host indicated that his departure from the State broadcaster was of its own making, saying the deal-breaker for him was that it dropped his Frontline programme without any consultation.

"The bombshell came on a Monday and I was expected to work that night. I did the show with a heavy heart but you are a professional, you gotta do it," Kenny said.

For the full interview, see independent.ie.

UK GLITCH CAUSES AIR TRAVEL CHAOS

THE travel plans of thousands of Irish passengers were thrown into chaos yesterday by a technical fault in the UK. Severe delays and cancellations hit Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports as a result of technical issues with air traffic control at Swanwick Airport in southern England.

Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus said their services were severely disrupted as a result of the fault.

"It has been a massive problem for us because London Stansted is being severely affected and that is our biggest base," Robin Kiely, a spokesperson for Ryanair, told the Sunday Independent.

TAXI APP HAILO TO ROLL OUT NATIONWIDE

Taxi network Hailo will roll out its services nationwide over Christmas, and taxi drivers all over the country can join by visiting Hailo.ie.

In the run-up to the Christmas season, readers of this week's Sunday Independent can save up to €10 off their first Hailo journey when paying by card. See page 32 for the exclusive promo code.

WINNING NUMBERS IN €3M LOTTO DRAW

THE winning numbers in last night's €2,939,207 Lotto draw were: 12, 20, 21, 33, 35, 44 (bonus 31). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 13, 16, 24, 30, 34, 38 (bonus 43) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 11, 19, 27, 34, 45 (bonus 14).

NUMBER OF RACIST INCIDENTS SOARS

REPORTED racist incidents rose 85 per cent this year, according to the Immigrant Council of Ireland.

Their figures show that 142 incidents were reported since January, compared to 77 over the same period last year. There were 31 incidents in July. Verbal and written harassment were the most common complaints.

IN-AIR COLLISION NARROWLY AVERTED

A DUBLIN-bound Aer Lingus flight and a small private plane could have collided soon after both had taken off from Malaga Airport in Spain last month.

The Aer Lingus Airbus A320-200 jet had taken off from Malaga bound for Dublin when the near-miss occurred. There were 149 passengers and a crew of six on board.

CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE CORRECTION

There was an error in last Sunday's LIFE magazine's Christmas pudding recipe in Rachel's Recipes. The recipe said 125 grams of flour, which we incorrectly converted to nine ounces. It should of course have stated four ounces.

We're not saying it was the whiskey, which is also in the recipe, but we're happy to correct this mistake.

STRIKE-HIT M&S TURNS TO WEB SALES

MARKS & Spencer yesterday turned to the internet to stem losses as the majority of its stores across the country remained closed due to strike action.

The chain offered 20 per cent off shopping online for one day only. The offer included clothing, lingerie, beauty and homeware. It's reported that further strike action is planned for December 12 and 20. M&S staff voted on strike action following the company's sudden closure of its defined-benefit pension scheme and proposals to cut premium payments, axe a Christmas bonus and reduce the number of section managers.

DRUG USERS AT RISK FROM TOXIC BATCHES

IRISH heroin and cocaine users are being poisoned with a painkiller that was banned in most advanced countries in the 1980s after it was linked to cancer and liver failure, the Sunday Independent has learned.

The revelation emerged in a recent case in which gardai found 2.5kg of phenatecin, the drug which was banned after it was identified as a serious risk to health, at a house in Dublin, along with a €1m worth of heroin.

Gardai had previously found traces of the drug in cocaine, which had reached Dublin via western Africa. It was believed the drug, no longer available in the Western world, might have been used to "cut" cocaine in Africa.

U2 HAIL FORMER MANAGER MCGUINNESS

U2 YESTERDAY publicly thanked former manager Paul McGuinness, confirming the band has signed a new management contract with Live Nation and Guy Oseary.

In a statement signed by the four band members on their official website, they praised Mr McGuinness for his "extraordinary leadership, guidance and friendship over the last 35 years".

"Paul has saved us from ourselves many times over and we would not be U2 without him. Sometime soon, U2 will begin a new adventure around the world and we totally understand and respect Paul's desire to not run away with the circus – AGAIN.

"Paul's central lesson was that if you cared for your 'art', you must also 'take care of business' – as historically with rock and roll bands, the latter has undone the former. We are relieved he will remain on as the mentor-in-chief," the statement said.

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