AN RTE camera crew was attacked and had a €35,000 camera stolen from them while filming in a housing estate in north Dublin last week. They were filming in the Darndale area for a documentary on Tuesday when a gang of youths forced them to hand over the broadcast camera.
RTE said gardai were investigating. There is a limited market for such cameras, making it very difficult to sell it in Ireland. The youths are believed to be petty criminals.
Fears of protests at Neeson award
There are fears that loyalist protesters are plotting to disrupt the ceremony to award the freedom of Ballymena to actor Liam Neeson, best known for Schindler's List.
Several flag protests have recently taken place in the town, some violent. Neeson accepted the invitation for the dinner at the Braid Arts Centre, where he will become the fourth Freeman of Ballymena. "There has been a lot of talk this week about demonstrating at the Liam Neeson freedom event," a source told the Belfast Telegraph.
Yacht rescue of seven after fire alarm
Seven people were taken from a yacht off Dun Laoghaire harbour by a lifeboat yesterday after smoke was seen on the vessel and it was feared that a fire had started.
However, the smoke is now thought to have come from an overheating engine. The Dun Laoghaire lifeboat also brought to safety a kite surfer who was in difficulties.
No winner of €6.9m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €6,890,815 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 2, 13, 22, 24, 32, 33 (bonus 25).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who receives €25,000; 48 Match 5s (€1,719); 131 Match 4+bonus (€158); 2,447 Match 4s (€52); 3,362 Match 3+bonus (€25) and 41,039 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 15, 16, 26, 36, 43 (bonus 25) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 11, 13, 17, 26, 34 (bonus 14).
In the UK draw for stg£4m (€4.83m), the numbers were 3, 7, 11, 12, 24, 27 (bonus 13).
Giro cycling race 'heading for Dublin'
The Giro D'Italia, the second biggest race in cycling after the Tour de France, may come to Dublin next year. French newspaper L'Equipe has reported that Belfast is set to be the start city for the 2014 Giro, which will then head south into the Republic, with a stage to Dublin. It could generate an economic boost of €10m on both sides of the Border.
Body of career adviser on way home
The body of an Irish careers adviser who died in the United Arab Emirates will be brought home tomorrow.
Marie Gonnelly, from Dundalk, was found dead in her apartment in Abu Dhabi on January 4. Her removal is from her family home in Dundalk on Tuesday at 10.40am to St Patrick's Cathedral for Mass at 11am.
File on fatal car incident with DPP
A file has gone to the DPP on a driver who killed a woman in her 50s and injured another man when his car careered onto a path alongside a Luas line on Dublin's Abbey Street on Friday. Gardai arrested the driver, who was taken to Store Street Garda Station for questioning.
Ash welcomes smoking-ban signals
Ash Ireland, the anti-smoking group, has welcomed indications from the Department of Health that legislation to ban smoking in cars with children could be enacted later this year. Dr Ross Morgan, chairman of Ash Ireland said: "We welcome these indications that this important health legislation could now be introduced later this year."
New driving licence 'threatens jobs'
AT least 500 jobs will be lost because of the way photos for a new Government credit-card style driving licence will be taken, business leaders have warned. "The future of the high-street and photo-booth photo business is seriously under threat," said Kyran O'Kelly of Photo ID Professionals and director of Fiji Film Ireland.
The new licences will roll out in September. SGS has been awarded the tender. It will not accept any photo other than those taken on its premises by its machines.
Rosie the seal to be released today
AN injured grey seal pup found on the shore of Clew Bay, Co Mayo last October by two friends is to be released at 12.30pm today at Howth East Pier, Dublin. Rosie, as she was named, recovered in Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Meath.
Housewife leaves €7.5m in her will
A Dublin housewife, Dorothy Bernadette Kilroy of Cowper Road, Rathmines, has left €7,554,621 in her will. Mrs Kilroy, who died on July 8, 2011, was the wife of the late solicitor and businessman Paddy Kilroy. Other wills: John Goaley, builder, Taylors Hill, Galway, €2,565,849; John J Duane, builder, Ballydavid, Athenry, Co Galway, €1,332,932; Robert Eustace, lecturer, Burnaby, Greystones, Co Wicklow, left €1,310,638; and John W Levins, architect, Ticknock Lane, Arklow, Co Wicklow, €1,237,919.
The value of wills include property, including the family home and should not be regarded as cash amounts