FOUR men and a juvenile appeared at Omagh Magistrate's Court yesterday, charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old student Jason McGovern.
Mark Donnelly, 21, Aaron Bradley, 18, James O'Brien, 21, and Aaron Davis, 19, all with addresses in the Omagh area, were charged with affray. Mr Bradley was also charged with assault. A 17-year-old was also charged with affray.
All five accused were granted bail. Mr McGovern, who was studying at Sligo IT, died after he was assaulted in Omagh in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Motorcyclist killed in M2 collision
A POLISH motorcyclist in his 20s became the year's third road fatality on Friday. The unnamed man, died after a collision with a vehicle at 7.30pm on the M2 northbound between the St Margarets and Ashbourne/Ratoath exits.
Witnesses are urged to call gardai on (01) 8010600, the garda confidential line (1800) 666 111 or any garda station.
Embassy help for family in UAE death
The Irish Embassy in Abu Dhabi was helping the family of the woman from Co Louth. She was named as Marie Gonnelly, who was in her early 30s and who was with the New York University in Abu Dhabi. She was found dead in her accommodation on Friday. She was assistant director at the university's career development centre.
No winner of €5.6m Lotto jackpot
TheRE was no winner of last night's €5,685,038 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 12, 14, 23, 31, 32, 44 (bonus 21).
There was no Match 5+bonus winner either, but there were 33 Match 5 winners, who each receive €2,269; 144 Match 4+bonus (€130); 1,911 Match 4s (€60); 2,754 Match 3+bonus (€28) and 32,257 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 3, 6, 19, 24, 27, 37 (bonus 40) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 19, 20, 21, 25, 32 (bonus 27).
And in the UK draw for £6.1m the numbers were 10, 15, 17, 21, 37, 47 (bonus 2).
Man perishes following city house fire
A man in his early 60s has died following a fire in Dublin. The fire happened at Father Scully House on Grenville Street in Dublin at around 3pm yesterday.
Gardai are not treating the fire as suspicious.
Dublin choir to sing for Pope in Rome
Dublin's Palestrina Choir, with director Ms Blanaid Murphy, will sing at the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict in St Peter's Basilica in Rome later today.
Thirty-two boy choristers and 12 adults from the choir that is attached to Dublin's Pro-Cathedral, will sing alongside the prestigious Sistine Chapel Choir.
7,000 lose out on mortgage relief
The Department of Finance has revealed that almost 7,000 mortgage holders have lost mortgage interest relief during 2012 because they are no longer paying their mortgages.
Replying to a question from Fianna Fail's Michael McGrath, the Department said: "6,982 accounts have been ceased for mortgage interest relief in 2012 due to non-payment'' of the mortgage. Deputy McGrath warned that withdrawing mortgage interest relief was "like turning off life support for struggling middle-Ireland families".
Army property sell-off raises €100m
MORE than €100m has been raised from the sale of Army barracks, houses and installations since 1998 – with the money reinvested in equipping the Defence Forces.
Defence Minister Alan Shatter said 14 barracks had been closed and eight (Clancy, Castleblaney, Ballincollig, Fermoy, Naas, Monaghan, Cavan, and Castlebar) have been sold, along with a large section of Longford barracks. Agreement had been reached for the sale of Lifford and Rockhill barracks to Donegal County Council.
Discussions are ongoing in relation to a possible sale of Clonmel barracks to other State agencies. Magee (Kildare) and Columb (Mullingar) remain the property of the State.
Tara miners put on protective notice
The 670 staff at Tara Mines have been put on protective notice by the mine owners, Boliden Tara, who are seeking cuts in pay and conditions for workers.
Work at the Navan zinc mine is continuing and is being reviewed on a daily basis. The issue has been referred to the Labour Relations Commission and talks are said to be due to take place this week.
FitzGerald leaves €100,000 in will
FORMER Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald left more than €100,000 in his will, but after deductions, his net estate was worth €86,528, according to documents lodged in the Probate Office last week.
Garret Michael Desmond FitzGerald, who lived at Anna Villa, Ranelagh, died on May 19, 2011.
Dr FitzGerald borrowed a large amount of money to buy shares in aircraft-leasing company GPA, owned by Dr Tony Ryan, of which he was a director. According to his will, the value of these shares, which are now held by a company called Aerfi, was "unknown but not significant".
The documents also record a loss of more than €250,000 in another investment in a managed fund.
Other wills: Patrick Joseph O'Reilly, businessman, Carrickbrack Heath, Sutton, Dublin, €2,385,728; Teresa Mary McGrath, farmer, Georgetown, Kill, Co Kildare, €2,189,815; Patrick Hunt, barrister, Ashfield Rd, Ranelagh, Dublin, €2,099,148; Desmond J Dempsey, accountant, Terenure, Dublin, €838,824 and Kathleen Nolan, nurse, Glencannon, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow, €720,704.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts.