Thursday 19 October 2017

In brief: Huge farming losses expected after stock exporter goes into receivership

IRISH farmers and marts are facing potentially massive losses following the collapse of one of the country's biggest livestock exporters. Mullingar-based TLT International went into receivership on Friday.

In a statement yesterday, the IFA said its solicitors have been in contact with the receiver to request that payments to farmers and marts be prioritised. IFA president John Bryan said farmers and marts would claim retention of title on livestock recently purchased but not yet exported.

The IFA say the extent of the potential losses isn't known but describe the collapse as "very worrying". The receiver, Gearoid Costelloe, of Grant Thornton's Limerick office, is expected to contact creditors tomorrow.

TWO FARMERS DIE IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS

TWO farmers who knew each other died this weekend in separate accidents at the same time near their village. Pat McCafferty's body was found at the bottom of a deep ditch 5km from the south Donegal village of Ballintra around 10am on Friday. It's thought he may have suffered a fall.

Father-of-four Christy Lipsett, 52, died when his tractor toppled over after it was in a collision with a car just outside Ballintra half an hour later. The two deaths have stunned the close-knit rural area. Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the crash that killed Mr Lipsett.

MAN KILLED AFTER HIS CAR HITS A WALL

A MAN in his early 30s was killed yesterday when his car hit a wall at Kilberry, Co Meath, on the Navan to Kingscourt Road, some time between 2.40pm and 3pm.

Witnesses are asked to contact Navan Garda Station on (046) 9036 100, or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

NO WINNER OF €3.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €3.5m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 12, 17, 19, 25, 38, 44 (bonus 28). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 13, 14, 18, 20, 31, 41 (bonus 29). The Lotto Plus 2 saw 5, 6, 22, 24, 27, 44 (bonus 1).

MAN, 24, ADMITS SECTARIAN MURDER

A 24-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the sectarian murder of a schoolboy more than seven years ago.

Jeff Colin Lewis, originally from Rossdale in Ballymena, Co Antrim, will be sentenced for the murder of 15-year-old Michael McIlveen at a later date.

The teenager died in hospital on May 8, 2006, from head injuries after being "nailed" and bludgeoned with a baseball bat when he and a friend were cornered by a group of drunken Protestant youths in Ballymena.

In May 2009, Lewis and three others were jailed for life for their involvement in the murder. But Lewis appealed and last December the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial.

In April, co-accused Aaron Cavana Wallace and Christopher Francis Kerr went on trial for the second time but changed their pleas and admitted their involvement.

In May, Kerr was sentenced to nine years imprisonment for fetching the baseball bat used in the horrific attack while Wallace was given an eight-year sentence.

HONORARY DEGREES FOR SPORTING ICONS

Dublin City University will confer honorary degrees this week on three sporting icons. Sean Kelly, Brian O'Driscoll and Katie Taylor will each receive an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in recognition of their unique achievements.

The three athletes will be honoured at a special graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

SCIENCE WEEK EDITION ON WEDNESDAY

Science Week begins today and this Wednesday the Irish Independent will publish a special 20-page supplement, showcasing savvy students and bright ideas. It includes an exclusive breakdown – by college and by discipline – of the science, technology, engineering and maths courses available through the CAO in 2014.

MYSTERY WOMAN BACK IN AUSTRALIA

Mystery woman Samantha Azzopardi arrived home in Australia late on Friday night, Irish time, it has been confirmed. However, due to privacy provisions, local police could not say whether she was reunited with her family.

A spokesman said: "I can't provide any further details. We are confirming is that she arrived in Australia at 7am this morning [Australian time]. She hasn't been charged with anything – she hasn't done anything wrong."

The Australian newspaper reported that Samantha was "now in the care of her family". See Page 10

CLERYS TO RE-OPEN LATER THIS MONTH

Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation that represents 2,500 businesses in Dublin city centre, welcomed the announcement that the iconic department store Clerys will re-open on November 21.

BID chief executive Richard Guiney said: "Great credit is due to Dominic Prendergast and his team on the fast turnaround in getting the department store refurbished and re-opened in such a short space of time."

TIMBER FIRM CELEBRATES CENTENARY

Timber processing firm Glennon Brothers celebrated 100 years in business at a gala event in Croke Park last week.

Mike Glennon praised the decision not to sell off Coillte Harvesting rights but said Government faces a critical decision in relation to Bord na Mona and Coillte.

"We urge you to remember the impact of the Irish forest products sector – it's worth €2.2bn to the economy, and supports 12,000 jobs, mostly in rural locations," he said.

The keynote address was delivered by Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Guests included Minister for Forestry Tom Hayes, British Ambassador Dominick Chilcott and key customers.

SCHOOL STUDENTS IN 10K CHARITY RUN

Students at a leading non fee-paying school will this Thursday take part in a 10km run to raise €40,000 for charity. Up to 700 pupils from St Benildus, Stillorgan, will be running in aid of the St Vincent De Paul, Special Olympics and Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

GARDAI SEEK MISSING 20-YEAR-OLD MALE

GARDAI at Portlaoise are seeking assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 20-year-old Shane Finan of Portlaoise, who has been missing since November 7. Last seen at Castle Lane in Borris-in-Ossory, Shane is approximately 5'10" in height, has black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing grey combat style clothing and had a black carry bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portlaoise Garda Station on 057 8674100.

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