In Brief: Boost for car buyers
A LATE surge in April's new car registrations – which helped push sales up 28pc – could mean big savings for buyers this month.
The large number of late registrations was made by dealers and distributors to boost market share and meet demand from the hire-drive sector. Those registered cars that are not going for hire-drive will now be sold at discounted prices as one-owner 'newsed' vehicles. And that means potential savings of thousands for buyers.
BEYOND THE PALE
A MAN accused of urinating outside Ballyshannon Court in Co Donegal had a case dismissed yesterday because it didn't happen in Dublin.
Counsel noted that section five of the 1871 law referred to indecent exposure or any act contrary to public decency "within the limits of the police district of Dublin Metropolis". The judge immediately struck out the charge against the man from Donegal town.
'ARMADA' ON IRISH SEA
A FLOTILLA of rowing boats and support vessels left from Arklow harbour yesterday afternoon in a race across the Irish Sea.
The Celtic Challenge is a bi-annual rowing race and this year 23 rowing boats set out from Ireland to head to the Welsh seaside town of Aberystwyth. Welshman Gareth Whittington, from St Michael's Rowing Club, in Dun Laoghaire, said the departure of more than 70 boats looked like "the Armada". His team is raising funds for GOAL's relief work in the Philippines.
AIR-RAGE LAWYER JAILED
A US lawyer has been given a four-month stopover in a Dublin jail following an air-rage incident on a transatlantic flight.
A Lufthansa jet bound for JFK Airport in New York had set off from Munich, Germany, but was forced to divert to Dublin Airport on April 23 – at a cost of about €25,000.
Timothy Fassano (49), with an address at 90th Street, Queens, New York, was arrested at Terminal 1 and charged with three counts under the Air Navigation and Transport Act including engaging in behaviour that was of a threatening, abusive and insulting nature on flight LH410.
At a scheduled hearing on April 29 he didn't show up. Separately he was picked up by gardai later that day at Church Street, and charged with being drunk in public.
He was brought before Dublin District Court last Tuesday and was remanded in custody. His case came before Judge Victor Blake yesterday at Cloverhill District Court where Mr Fassano pleaded guilty to all of his charges, was jailed for four months and fined €750.