In brief: Four feared dead in helicopter crash at picnic spot in Mourne Mountains
Four people are feared dead following a helicopter crash in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down.
Police last night said that the exact nature of injuries were still being established after an aircraft went down in the mountain range just over the Border.
The helicopter crashed at around 4pm in the Leitrim Lodge picnic area near Hilltown in the mountain range.
Mountain Rescue teams and the Coastguard were last night involved in the search and recovery operation.
Dublin ticket scoops €16.3m Lotto
THERE was one lucky winner of last night's bumper €16.3m Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in Dublin and the winning numbers were 15, 16, 22, 25, 31, 32 (bonus 37).
There were four Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25K; 110 Match 5s (€1,724); 275 Match 4+bonus (€172); 5,873 Match 4s €50; 7,046 Match 3+bonus (€28); and 93,461 Match 3s (€5).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 6, 7, 25, 28, 31, 33 (bonus 40) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 9, 16, 20, 23, 36 (bonus 29).
In the UK draw for a stg£13.4m prize, the numbers were 2, 3, 14, 29, 35, 42 (bonus 12).
Work lifeline for jobless graduates
THOUSANDS of unemployed graduates are to get a jobs lifeline under a major government internship programme to be launched soon.
The scheme will allow for a 12-month work placement for graduates who come off the dole queue. Interns will receive a state payment, topped up by a contribution from the employer, worth a total of about €18,000.
SF calls for 20% cut in TDs' salaries
Sinn Fein yesterday said TDs' salaries should be cut by 20 per cent and ministers' by 40 per cent to save €6m.
Sinn Fein vice president Mary Lou McDonald said: "It is simply unacceptable for the Government or indeed the 'government-in-waiting' to advocate massive cuts and a scaling down of public services to meet their 2014 deficit reduction deadline without them leading by example."
Fuel-laundering operations uncovered
One man was arrested yesterday after the discovery of a diesel laundering plant and 60,000 litres of toxic waste in the North. UK Revenue & Customs officials said the illegal operation uncovered in Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh, could produce up to 8m litres of illicit fuel a year.
On Friday, officers from Revenue's Customs Service uncovered a large oil laundering plant near Portarlington, Co Laois. Some 26,500 litres of laundered fuel with an value of around €30,000 was seized.
TCD opens exhibition on massacres
Trinity College Dublin has just opened an exhibition of witness testimonies on alleged Protestant massacres by Catholic rebels during the 1641 Irish Rebellion.
President Mary McAleese, who opened the exhibition, said: "Facts and truth have been casualties along the way and the distillation of skewed perceptions over generations have contributed to a situation where both sides were confounding mysteries to one another."
Clampdown recovers six stolen cars
Gardai in Balbriggan have recovered six stolen cars and arrested three men in a planned operation.
Officers searched a premises at Westbrook Park, Balbriggan, on Friday. The cars found there were registered in 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2004, and are believed to have been stolen from Kildare, Dublin and Wicklow.
Shell to drill for water on west coast
SHELL E&P Ireland is to fund drilling of a new well in the north Mayo village of Rossport -- but for water, not gas.
The multinational says it is giving €750,000 towards upgrading the village's water network as a "gesture of goodwill to the Rossport community".
Assault trial of four gardai postponed
THE TRIAL of four gardai accused of assaulting a young Dublin man after breaking into his home has been adjourned until Tuesday.
Prosecutor Tom O'Connell applied on Friday to adjourn the trial, saying an "important matter" had arisen and he needed further instructions from the DPP.
300 help search for missing pensioner
Up to 300 people were taking part in a search in Co Limerick for a missing pensioner yesterday.
William Madden, 81, was last seen in Abbeyfeale a week ago driving a light grey Mazda 323, registration 95 C 1831. Gardai from Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue are involved in the search in west Limerick.
Tributes paid to top photographer
Award-winning photographer John Harrison, who captured "almost every seminal and important moment" in the North's recent history, has died. Political leaders from across the province paid tribute. John is survived by his wife Mandy and children Peter, Thomas and Catherine.
Hume winner of 'Ireland's Greatest'
JOHN HUME was the winner of RTE's search to find the greatest person in the history of Ireland. The results of the public vote were revealed on The Late Late Show on Friday. "This award obviously recognises the contribution of my wife and family over many years as well as others who worked with me," Mr Hume said.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner topped the poll ahead of second-placed Michael Collins. Mary Robinson came third followed by James Connolly and Bono.
Bypass restores peace to rural town
JOURNEY times on the main route to Kerry have been slashed by up to 30 minutes following the opening of the Castleisland bypass on Friday.
The 5.4km road cost €35m to complete and is expected to remove 60 per cent of traffic from Castleisland town centre and 80 per cent of all heavy goods vehicles.
North gets €60m in school contracts
MORE than €60.5m worth of school building contracts were awarded to companies in Northern Ireland over the last three years, new figures reveal.
The multi-million contracts would have provided direct and indirect support for 1,250 jobs. The Dept of Education said the contracts awarded to companies in the North represented less than 4 per cent of the overall budget.
Auctioneer leaves €3.6m in will
Kevin Wilson, an auctioneer of Orwell Lodge Nursing Home, Dublin who died on February 10, 2009, left €3,678,748 in his will, which went to probate last week.
Other wills: Walter Hahnel, director, Strand Rd, Carrigaline, Co Cork, €2,792,550; Fachtna O Hannrachain, legal advisor, Sydney Parade Ave, Dublin, €2,027,132; Frederick Woods, farmer, Athboy, Co Meath, €1,992,597; Frederick Martin, garage owner/mechanic, Shercock Rd, Baileborough, Co, Cavan, €1,455,636; Daniel Joseph Kielty, farmer, Whitehall, Trim, Co Meath, €1,306,274; Katherine Corry, dentist, Farney Pk, Sandymount, Dublin, €1,237,644.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts