In brief: Gardai believe ice was factor in fatal road crash that killed mother and son
Gardai believe the icy roads may have been a factor in a crash that claimed the lives of a mother and her son yesterday in Co Louth. A second child -- an 11-year-old girl -- was last night fighting for her life in hospital.
The dead boy was just 10 years old and was one of three children in the back seat of the Opel Vectra that went out of control near Dunleer village at 2pm yesterday, on a relatively straight stretch of road on the former main Dublin to Belfast road and hit a wall near Dorian's Cross.
Locals said there was black ice on stretches of the road after overnight snow and a hard frost.
The woman, who was 35, was the front-seat passenger in the car, her husband was driving and another child, an 11-year-old girl, was also badly injured.
It's believed they family are originally from Romania but had been living in Dunleer for sometime.
Pedestrian killed on dual carriageway
A 36-year-old pedestrian died yesterday after being struck by a car in south Dublin. He was seriously injured in the collision, which occurred at Whites Cross junction on the Stillorgan dual carriageway at about 4.30am.
The man was taken to St Vincent's hospital, but died from his injuries yesterday afternoon.
Judgement due over Lissadell dispute
One of the most expensive court actions in Irish legal history -- with legal fees of nearly €5m -- will end tomorrow when judgement is delivered in the dispute over rights of way through the Lissadell House estate in Sligo.
The case was taken by owners Constance Cassidy and Edward Walsh against Sligo Co Council after the local authority changed the development plan to include preservation of public rights of way through the estate.
The judgement is due to be handed down by Mr Justice Bryan McMahon in the Dublin High Court.
New measures in passport application
APPLICANTS for passports from January 17 might have to supply additional identification and may be interviewed.
Applicants will also have to supply payslips, details of unemployment payments, utility bills and marriage certs as part of the application process. The documentation is aimed at preventing identify theft and the circulation of false passports. About 2,000 Irish passports are reported missing every month, 300 of which are stolen.
No winner of €5.2m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €5,287,387 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 8, 12, 18, 35, 45 (bonus 1).
There was one Match 5+bonus winner who gets €25,000; 55 Match 5s (€1,606); 163 Match 4+bonus (€136); 2,630 Match 4s (€52); 4,075 Match 3+bonus (€22); and 43,413 Match 3s (€5). In the Lotto Plus 1, the numbers were 7, 16, 19, 38, 39, 41 (bonus 36) and in the Lotto Plus 2 the numbers were 1, 10, 23, 24, 36, 41 (bonus 5).
In the UK draw for £4.4m, the numbers were 9, 21, 35, 38, 46, 49 (bonus 40).
Gardai seek help in tracing woman
Gardai are seeking assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 33-year-old Blathnaid Timothy, who is missing from her home at Smith Hall, Camden Street, Dublin 2, since December 14. She is described as 5'6'', with medium-length dark brown hair, of thin build with a pale complexion. She is believed to have been wearing a black wool jacket.
Anyone with information on Blathnaid is asked to contact Harcourt Terrace Garda Station on 01 666 9500.
Garda overtime cut due to protests
Detectives and plain-clothes gardai in Dublin have claimed that traditional pre-Christmas overtime to carry out undercover anti-robbery operations has been slashed due to the mounting costs of policing Dail protests.
Hundreds of gardai, mainly from Store Street and Pearse Street stations, have been drafted into public order duties around the Dail in recent months, with the largest number deployed during the Budget.
Seminar on fresh economic prospects
Clonmel Chamber of Commerce will host an evening seminar aimed at highlighting opportunities in one of the world's leading growth economies.
'Doing Business In Brazil' at Hotel Minella, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, on January 11 at 6pm is a two-hour seminar to aid Irish firms. Pre-booking www.clonmelchamber.com is essential or phone (052) 61 26500.
Dolan biography to be a bestseller
A new biography on the remarkable life of Joe Dolan looks set to be one of the top-selling books this Christmas.
Our Joe by Eddie Rowley (published by O'Brien Press) is an entertaining account of the life and times of the legendary singer revealed through the intimate memories and anecdotes of his family and friends.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary reveals in the book that he was Joe's caddy at Mullingar Golf Club as a teenager. "Growing up in Mullingar, Joe was a kind of a hero to all of us, since he was the guy with the biggest car, the lifestyle we all aspired to, lots of money and plenty of women hanging off him," Mr O'Leary said.
Man jailed for failing to shut shebeen
A MAN who operated a shebeen at the back of his home has been jailed for four months for continuing to run the illegal premises after he was ordered to close it down.
However, Francis Kelly, 34, of Lilac Court, Keyes Park, Southill, Limerick, has avoided having to spend Christmas behind bars after the sentencing judge put a stay on the sentence until January 21.
Gardai raided the den on June 5 last. Insp Derek Smart said when gardai entered, they found people drinking and smoking. Judge Tom O'Donnell said he was satisfied the enforcement notice served last year on Kelly to stop operating the shebeen was not being complied with.
Kelly said he intends to appeal the case.
Devastating fuel-depot blaze kills one
A 24-year-old man died yesterday after a devastating fire at an oil fuel depot near Dundalk, Co Louth.
The blaze at the depot at Castleroche, six miles from Dundalk, was spotted at around 7am yesterday. Fire fighters from both sides of the Border fought the blaze.
Childers' widow leaves €778,000
Rita Childers, the widow of former President Erskine Childers, has left €778,458 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Margaret Mary (Rita) Childers, retired civil servant of Roebuck, Dublin, died on May 9, 2010, at the age of 95. She was the wife of former Fianna Fail minister and President Erskine Childers.
The well-known broadcaster and music collector Ciaran Mac Mathuna of Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin, who died on December 11, 2009, left €1,189,011.
Other wills: Douglas Howard, director, Colganstown, Newcastle, Co Dublin, €5,735,817; Patrick Rooney Meade, director, Mespil Road, Dublin, €4,377,405; Mary Maher, farmer, Lloydsboro, Templemore, Tipperary, €3,200,290; James B Connolly, pharmacist , Monasterevin Road, Kildare, €2,780,075; and the late senator Kieran A Phelan, Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Co Laois, €1,005,149.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts