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Friday 18 April 2014

In Brief: Coastguard rescues four people off Achill after boat gets into difficulty

Four people were rescued yesterday off Achill Island after their currach developed engine trouble.

The men tied their boat to a lobster pot mooring rope to prevent it from drifting toward the dangerous Minaun Cliffs. The four alerted emergency services and were taken to safety by Achill coastguard.

IRISH PRIEST HELD OVER ALLEGED ABUSE

police in Spain have arrested an 85-year-old Irish priest suspected of sexually abusing three altar boys in Britain over many years.

A National Police spokeswoman said that Francis Paul Cullen, a native of Dublin, was arrested in the town of Arona on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

He was detained on a European arrest warrant issued by Britain and was due to be taken to the National Court in Madrid. A police statement said the alleged abuses occurred in religious centres and churches in Britain between 1955 and 1991. The locations were not disclosed.

WEAPONS CACHE SEIZED IN EAST BELFAST

AN investigation has been launched into the discovery of a large number of weapons and munitions in Belfast.

On Friday Detectives recovered 16 handguns and over 800 rounds of ammunition in the Four Winds area of Castlereagh. The weapons are undergoing forensic examinations. The discovery followed a security alert.

MISSING GIRL, 16, FOUND AFTER APPEAL

A 16-year-old Tipperary girl who was missing for two months has been found safe and well, gardai say.

Catherine O'Connell of Carrig Rua, Nenagh, was last seen in the Castletroy area of Limerick on Tuesday, June 18. Gardai made a public appeal for information relating to her whereabouts last week and the appeal was reported in the Sunday Independent.

Gardai yesterday thanked the media and the public for their assistance.

MAN IN COURT CHARGED WITH MURDERS

A stonemason appeared in court in the North on Friday charged with the murders of two former girlfriends.

Leslie Ross, from Magenlis Park in Dromore, Co Down, was remanded in custody by a district judge in Armagh.

The 66-year-old is accused of the murders of Michelle Bickerstaff, 47, and Margaret Weise, 50.

He also faces other charges including indecent assault and committing an act of gross indecency with a child.

Mr Ross confirmed that he understood the charges against him. Defence solicitor Conleth Downey told the court his client denies all the allegations and will be making an application for bail at a later date.

NO WINNER OF €2.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,571,007 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 2, 23, 24, 26, 29 (bonus 13).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner, who gets €25k; 56 Match 5s (€1,189); 145 Match 4+bonus (€115); 2,154 Match 4s (€48); 3,435 Match 3+bonus (€20); and 35,549 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 6, 25, 27, 34, 37 (bonus 32) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 11, 12, 31, 32, 45 (bonus 30).

And in the UK draw for £3.6m (€4.2m) the numbers were 5, 20, 26, 40, 42, 48 (bonus 1).

MAN CRUSHED TO DEATH IN TRUCK NAMED

THE homeless man believed to have been suffocated and crushed to death in a commercial waste pick-up truck in Dublin last week was a 42-year-old from Poland.

Gardai believe Henryk Piotrowski had been sleeping rough in an industrial-sized bin, which had been collected by the refuse truck.

Officers who identified his body from documents found in his clothing are trying to contact his family in Poland.

Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, who carried out a post-mortem examination at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, said the man was still alive when the bin was emptied into the truck on Friday morning.

Gardai are trying to ascertain where the incident took place as the truck had emptied a number of industrial waste containers that morning during a three-hour run.

The man had been sleeping in one of 55 bins collected by a truck, owned by Panda refuse and recycling company, during a regular run in Dublin south ranging from Ranelagh to the Grand Canal.

WARNING TO FARMERS OVER CATTLE THEFTS

GARDAI and the PSNI have issued public appeals to farmers living along the Border to step up security around their holdings after a recent spate of livestock thefts.

Cattle 'rustled' were taken from fields close to main routes near the Border. Livestock from different herds in north Monaghan, Cavan, south Fermanagh and east Tyrone were reported missing over the past fortnight.

Gardai say the stloen cattle are brought to illegal slaughterhouses and the meat later sold cheaply by rogue distributors on the black market on a door-to-door basis.

CALLS FOR UK-STYLE STUDENT LOAN SYSTEM

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has been asked to investigate the possibility of introducing a student loan system in the Republic similar to that in the UK.

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, said: "There is a large number of families whose household income is above the third-level grant threshold but who are struggling to meet the substantial costs involved in having one or more children in college. I firmly believe that a sustainable, State-funded student loan system is the best solution to easing the financial burden on families."

IRISHMAN STILL SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER ATTACK

A young Cork businessman remains seriously ill in hospital after an assault and robbery in the US.

Gary Halpin, a father of one, was viciously attacked in the Dorchester area of Boston. Police said an investigation was continuing. Cobh-born Mr Halpin, who is in his 30s, was found beaten in the early hours of last Sunday.

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