In brief: Hundreds of motorists unknowingly drive past 'viable bomb' in parked car
THE PSNI has confirmed that a van abandoned on the main Belfast to Dublin road near Newry contained a "viable" bomb. The size of the device wasn't revealed after several controlled explosions on Friday night.
The vehicle was left beneath an underpass some time on Thursday evening and warnings were given to Daisy Hill Hospital and a charity office.
Cones were placed around the vehicle to seal it off but motorists ignored the danger on Friday morning. The road was reopened on Friday night.
Massive cannabis factory discovered
GARDAI yesterday searched a building in Co Mayo and found up to 1,000 cannabis plants growing there, worth around €400,000.
The raid at the Square, Swinford, was as a result of an ongoing operation targeting the cultivation of cannabis plants in Mayo. Gardai said the premises had been renovated into a sophisticated cannabis-growing factory.
Wireless schools programme launched
THE Intel eSchools programme, which allows primary schools to embrace the use of wireless technology in the classroom, has been launched at Christ the King Girls' School in Cabra by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.
The classroom-technology packages, which are donated each year by Intel, include 30 new laptops, a dedicated teacher laptop and an LCD projector.
Firefighters control national park fire
FIREFIGHTERS have managed to bring a large gorse fire in Co Kerry under control.
The fire in Killarney National Park broke out on Friday but was finally brought under control yesterday. The blaze burnt mainly gorse and scrub in a 10km outbreak.
Rugby star asks for truckload of help
LEINSTER star Jamie Heaslip wants people to help him pack a truck bound for a disadvantaged community in Kenya. He is looking for eight people to join him next Wednesday. "I'll be relying on a strong team of volunteers to help me pack a 40ft container with over 500 computers in two hours -- it's going to be quite a challenge," he said.
"Once we pack the computers into the container, they will commence their journey to Africa," he said.
Thoroughfare will be re-fit for royalty
THE Office of Public Works is to spend €92,000 to fix the potholes in Dublin's Phoenix Park ahead of the visit by the British Queen.
The money is being spent on Chesterfield Avenue, which is used by about 30,000 commuters a day. The work begins tomorrow and will last for eight days.
Two bright ideas win invention award
A DEVICE for treating lung cancer and a revolutionary microchip technology have jointly emerged as Ireland's inventions of the year.
The two products were the winners of Ireland's Best Invention 2011 award in a ceremony hosted by UCC.
Over 170 jobs created in two stores
TESCO is to create more than 170 jobs when it opens two new stores this week. A new outlet in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, which opens tomorrow, will employ 160 people and more than 100 of those positions will be full-time.
Another 16 jobs will be created when it opens a Tesco Express outlet in Celbridge, Co Kildare. A further 45 staff will be moved to the new Balbriggan store from the smaller Tesco store in the town, which has closed.
Mid-week Lotto heading for €4.5m
There was no winner of last night's €4m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 12, 25, 27, 41, 44 and the bonus was 33. Wednesday's prize is now heading for €4.5m.
There was no Match 5+bonus winners. There were 42 match 5 winners who each get €2,115; 119 match 4+bonus (€187); 2,327 match 4s (€59); 3,196 match 3+bonus (€29) and 40,274 match 3s (€5). There was one winner of the top prize of €350,000 in the Lotto Plus One draw and the numbers drawn were 6, 15, 21, 24, 28, 35 and the bonus number was 5. The numbers drawn in the Lotto Plus Two draw were: 28, 33, 34, 35, 37, 43 and the bonus was 27. The Uk the winning numbers were 6, 8, 17, 21, 39 and 47. The bonus number was 22. The jackpot was £7m.
House gets no bids at charity auction
A HOUSE which an animal lover left to the ISPCA failed to attract a single bid at auction.
The house in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, was left by the late Clare GP, Dr Maura Lernihan. It had an initial price of €350,000, but was thought likely to fetch €200,000.
South Dublin man leaves €3.7m in will
A SOUTH-Dublin businessman, Raymond Roe of Jamestown Farm, Kilternan, who died on July 5, 2008, left €3,681,061 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.
Other wills: James McCormack, a publican, of The Balrothery Inn, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, who died on April 17, 2007, left €3,068,459; David Henry Schulman, of Merlyn Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin, who died on Jan 18, 2011, left €2,084,780; Agnes Moran, a retired publican, of Glebe House, Mornington, Co Meath, who died on May 14, 2010, left €1,822,179; Nuala Keary, of Ashleigh Grove, Castleknock, who died on April 14, 2010, left €1,394,690; Edward Phelan, a farmer, of Hacketstown, Carlow, who died on August 13, 2010.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts