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Friday 18 April 2014

Hunt on for robbers

ARMED gardai were last night hunting a gang behind the robbery of a bookmaker's. Staff were threatened by a man waving a gun at the Betting Lounge in the centre of Ballybofey, Co Donegal.

The Regional Response Unit responded to the incident, in which a sum of money was taken.

Tight security at gig

THERE was a major garda presence at last night's Hardwell concert at the O2 in Dublin in an effort to avoid the disturbing scenes of mass brawls and drink and drug-taking that blighted the DJ's Belfast gig on Thursday. More than 100 young people had to be treated at the Odyssey Arena, some as young as 14, after bingeing on drugs and alcohol at the dance-music event.

Event organisers last night stressed that there would be a full security staff and medical team in place for the concert and promised to turn away anyone who was drunk or under the age of 18. Witnesses at last night's event reported a very strong garda presence, with sniffer dogs patrolling the venue.

Grenade is blown up

A THIRD viable grenade believed to date back to the War of Independence has been found in little over a week. A team from the Army's bomb disposal unit conducted a controlled explosion of a Mills-type grenade dating back to the early 1900s that was found during the renovation of a commercial premises in Ardnanagh, Co Roscommon.

A grenade of similar vintage was found in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal on Thursday and another was found in Macroom, Co Cork last Friday, according to the Army Press Office.

Clare coach's honour

THE honours just keep coming for Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald, who next week will become a Fellow at Limerick Institute of Technology in a ceremony at the Limerick School of Art and Design.

He has been associated with LIT for a number of years and most notably coached the institute's team to their first Fitzgibbon Cup titles in 2005 and 2007. He continues to coach LIT's Fitzgibbon side.

Judge gets EU post

A SUPREME Court judge has been elected to lead a panel of experts who will assess future judges for the European Court of Human Rights. Mr Justice John Murray was elected to the post by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers.

Mr Justice Murray (70), a native of Limerick, is a former Chief Justice and has been a member of the Supreme Court since 1999.

Irish Independent

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