A YOUNG man remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was struck by a car in the early hours of yesterday morning in Co Offaly.
Gardai in Tullamore are investigating a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Church Road at approximately 4am. The 21-year-old man was brought to the Midlands Regional Hospital but was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. The driver of the car was uninjured.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the collision to contact Tullamore Garda Station at 057 9327600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
MAJOR SPORTS STADIUMS HIT FOR €3.5M
Ireland's major sports organisations have been left reeling after Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium were slapped with a multi-million euro rates demand.
The GAA, the IRFU and the FAI have been hit with an out-of-the-blue demand for an extra €3.5m-a-year in commercial rates under a revaluation process.
The GAA will have to find an extra €1.58m a year to pay for rates on its headquarters, while the IRFU and the FAI must come up with an additional €1.93m between them to meet the rates bill for the Aviva under the proposed rate change. All three sporting bodies are to challenge the rate rise. For more, read John Greene's exclusive story in Sport.
RYANAIR APPEAL SET FOR NEXT FEBRUARY
The appeal by Ryanair against the UK Competition Commission ruling requiring it to cut its stake in Aer Lingus to five per cent from 29.8 per cent will go ahead in February.
Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary has promised his company would go through every avenue of appeal necessary to get the decision overturned. The Competition Appeals Tribunal has agreed to hear the appeal over three days, February 12 to 14, next year.
CONTROVERSIAL TRUST NOW IN NORTH
The organiser of a controversial trust designed to thwart bank repossessions is now conducting business in the North and is actively seeking more clients.
A bench warrant was issued last month in the Republic for the arrest of Charles Allen of Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, for alleged contempt of court in relation to protests at a stud farm in Kildare, which was the subject of repossession proceedings. Mr Allen, who administers the Rodolphus Family Trust, was last week at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, Co Down, where there was a meeting of potential new members of the trust.
Proponents claim they have the means to stop repossessions by moving assets into the trust. Legal experts say the scheme may delay but will not stop legal proceedings against distressed borrowers.
CREDIT UNIONS TAKE ON CENTRAL BANK
The Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU), together with Maynooth Credit Union, is taking a judicial review action against the Central Bank.
Both the ILCU and Maynooth Credit Union say they are deeply concerned about "the coherency and proportionality of the Central Bank's decision making in relation to regulatory directions."
"The league is concerned that the regulator is overstepping its function as regulator and using its power to effect widescale and significant consolidation of the sector," an ILCU statement said.
"The credit union sector is very different from the banking sector. It has not been exposed to the same losses and has not had the benefit, nor has it needed, a State guarantee. What it has shown is resilience and has illustrated the need for a viable, local and on the ground alternative to the banks."
€13M PROPERTY SCAM CASE TO BE HEARD
THREE British businessmen accused of defrauding more than 70 Irish holiday home investors in an alleged €13.2m overseas scam are due to appear in court later this month.
The purchasers, from north and south of the Border, paid deposits – typically of between €85,000 and €120,000 – six years ago for properties in Spain and the Dominican Republic.
A long-standing claim for fraud and misappropriation of funds was lodged in Spain in February 2011 in a bid to recover monies paid to Birmingham-based Ocean View Properties (OVP). It has 120 claimants for €10.8m.
A second complaint for €2.4m, brought by 30 Irish and British investors, is also being investigated by judge Antonio Vallejo Jimenez.
SHATTER WARNS OF PIPE BOMB THREAT
The use by criminals of improvised explosive devices including pipe bombs has become a major threat, according to Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
Speaking at the Fine Gael national conference he said: "A total of 96 such devices were neutralised by the Defence Forces in the year ending December 31, 2012 – and, so far up to the end of September this year, 69 have been neutralised this year," he said.
WINNING NUMBERS IN &EURO;2.5M LOTTO
THERE was no winner of last night's €2,563,228 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 10, 15, 21, 22, 40 (bonus 18). Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 6, 12, 25, 27, 36, 40 (bonus 13) and Lotto Plus 2 was 1, 4, 15, 23, 37, 44 (bonus 34).
PUSH TO IMPROVE NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS
A new initiative to assist Irish people to volunteer in the developing world has been launched.
The Irish Aid Volunteering Initiative is designed to improve the quality of volunteering from Ireland. As part of the programme, greater numbers of skilled volunteers will have the opportunity to work overseas. Irish Aid will work closely with our embassies in developing countries and NGO partners to place volunteers in Irish Aid partner countries, including Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia.
An online register to match potential volunteers to the most suitable placements is being set up, while greater support will be provided to volunteers working in developing countries. The initiative is designed to encourage retired public servants and others to use their skills and experience to volunteer.