Thursday 21 September 2017

Hurst to testify at Leveson Inquiry on IRA and Finucane murder articles

Newspaper stories about unsuccessful presidential candidate Martin McGuinness, British army agent Freddie Scappaticci and murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane will be raised at the inquiry into British press intrusion in London tomorrow.

The former British army intelligence officer Ian Hurst has been called to give evidence at Lord Leveson's inquiry into phone and computer hacking by British newspapers.

He believes hackers were tasked to search for information relating to Mr McGuinness's role in the IRA and to try to establish the whereabouts of the spy Mr Scappaticci, a senior figure in the IRA and an informer, who fled Northern Ireland after his cover was blown.

Hurst is expected to be questioned about newspaper articles dating back to 1999 relating to the Pat Finucane murder and possibly articles about Mr McGuinness and Mr Scappaticci.

British deputy PM to visit Dublin

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will visit Dublin tomorrow. During his visit he will pay a courtesy call to the Taoiseach, the British Irish Council and President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

He will also carry out a number of business engagements during his visit.

Dublin won't follow Cork's clamp lead

LONG-suffering Dublin motorists shouldn't heave a sigh of relief just yet. While Cork has signalled it is set to abandon its car clamping regime amid claims it is loss-making and driving shoppers to suburban retail outlets, Dublin has effectively ruled out a similar move.

Cork City Council has confirmed it will decide within the next fortnight on a proposal not to renew a contract with a private clamping firm which expires in early January.

However, Dublin has signalled that while it will watch the Cork move closely, it has no plans to abandon either clamping or tow-out systems.

Pieta House funded to continue work

Speaking following the news that the Minister for Health James Reilly approved a grant of €100,000 to enable Pieta House to continue its vital work, Derek Keating TD said: "I am delighted that this grant has finally come through.

"Pieta House, of which I am a director, is Ireland's first suicide and self-harm crisis centre. It is the only organisation in the country providing a professional, face-to-face, free-of-charge therapeutic service for people in the acute stages of distress."

Green Irish company is best in France

An Irish tidal energy technology company has been honoured as the best Irish company in France.

At an awards ceremony in Paris, OpenHydro was selected as The Best Irish Company in France because of its major technological breakthrough in the area of tidal technology, while in the process linking up with two major French companies, EDF and DCNS.

Presented by the Ireland France Chamber of Commerce and NetworkIrlande, the Irish France Business Awards were hosted at the Irish embassy.

OpenHydro designs and manufactures marine turbines for generating renewable energy from tidal streams.

Service for slain Dublin taxi driver

A service is to be held this Friday to remember the black taxi driver who died after being assaulted in a row over a taxi fare in Dublin.

The song service for taxi driver Moses Ayanwole will be held at Christ Ambassadors Christian Centre in Finglas this Friday followed by a funeral mass and burial the next day at Glasnevin Cemetery.

His wife has said she is ready to forgive his killer, as she makes preparations to bury him.

The father of one died last Wednesday after being attacked on Pearse Street in Dublin.

Although his attack is not believed to be racially motivated, anti-racism groups are planning a protest march in his honour this Wednesday.

Sunday Independent

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