In Brief: No winner of €5.9m Lotto
THERE was no winner of last night's €5,963,902 Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 1, 2, 6, 25, 30, 42 (bonus 40).
The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 20, 23, 27, 28, 33 (bonus 36) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 14, 20, 27, 32, 38 (bonus 23).
IRA SERIAL KILLER McGINN DIES AGED 56
INFAMOUS IRA killer Bernard McGinn, 56, has died, apparently of natural causes. He was found dead at a house in Killyconnigan, Monaghan town, yesterday. A post-mortem is expected to be held today.
McGinn was a member of one of two IRA sniper gangs which used the deadly Barrett M90 .50 calibre sniper rifle to kill nine members of the British forces, including Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick in Bessbrook, Co Armagh. A native of Castleblayney in Co Monaghan, McGinn was sentenced to a total of 490 years in 1999 but was released in 2000 under the Good Friday Agreement.
McGinn joined the IRA at the age of 15. His father was a Sinn Fein councillor and he was the brother-in-law of Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain.
CHRISTMAS POLL BOOST FOR GOVERNMENT
THE Government has received a welcome Christmas opinion poll boost, seeing an 11 per cent rise in support. The poll in today's Sunday Times shows support for the Government at 35 per cent with every party leader other than Gerry Adams seeing their personal rating increased. SF leader Gerry Adams is down eight, at 33 per cent.
Dissatisfaction with the Government is at 59 per cent. Excluding undecided voters, the individual parties show Fine Gael at 30 per cent, up five per cent. Fianna Fail is at 21 per cent and Labour on 11 per cent (both unchanged). Sinn Fein on 15 per cent is down three percentage points.
MAN CHARGED WITH PUB FIGHT MURDER
A 22-year-old man yesterday appeared in court charged with the murder of another man in Finglas last weekend. David Cully, of Kilshane Road, Finglas, is accused of murdering 41-year-old Edward O'Connor, who was shot dead on the Ballycoolin Road after a pub fight last Sunday.
The accused was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Friday. Cully had been questioned for four days about the murder of O'Connor. The victim had been shot a number of times in the back.
'BURIED MONEY' TO BE CONFISCATED
THE 53-year-old Limerick man who was caught digging up €1.25m in cash buried in a field is not expected to face charges -- but will lose all the money as criminal assets.
The man was jailed in 2000 for possession of 14kg of cannabis. He runs a small business in Limerick and came to the attention of gardai this year when he began to show signs of earnings not matching his small business.
MANHUNT AFTER ATM STAFF ROBBED
GARDAI are appealing for help from the public following a heist at the Ulster Bank branch in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Two men are understood to have escaped with around €100,000 after threatening staff who were filling an ATM machine at around 5pm. The men had handguns.
They escaped in a small white van and gardai have asked for public assistance in tracing the vehicle which is understood to have travelled towards Carrickmacross.
DRIVER DIES AS CAR HITS BRIDGE SUPPORT
a young man was killed in a single-vehicle accident on the Cork-Waterford road yesterday. The accident, at Muckridge outside Youghal in Cork, happened at 7.15am.
The 28-year-old driver's vehicle went out of control and collided with a concrete bridge support.
STORM WARNING FOR CHRISTMAS TRAVEL
THE severe weather is set to continue and Met Eireann has warned it could hit travel plans at Christmas. Monday will be wet and very windy in all parts, with the possibility of some storm damage and localised flooding. The storm is expected to pass by the north west coast during the day.
Christmas Eve will see calmer conditions but it will be breezy and polar winds will increase the chill. Christmas Day is expected to be crisp and cold. After a frosty start, there is the possibility of snow on higher ground.
MURDER PROBE LAUNCHED IN NORTH
POLICE in Belfast have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in the city. Paschal (aka Brian) McAfee, 50, was found dead at a house on Henderson Avenue on Friday. Police have appealed for public help.
TEENS REMANDED OVER BOMB FACTORY
TWO teenagers have been remanded in custody after police uncovered a suspected bomb-making factory last week in south Armagh. Keith McConnan, 19, and Orla O'Hanlon, 18, both from Tievecrom Road in Forkill, Co Armagh, appeared at Newry Magistrates' Court yesterday morning charged with making and possessing explosives.
They are due back in court on January 8, 2014.
THE HELIX: 'DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN?'
THE popular musical series -- Ireland's Showbands: Do You Come Here Often? -- is back at The Helix, Dublin, this new year. Join some of the showband stars as they take you down memory lane from Friday, January 3, to Sunday, January 5. Tickets (01) 700 7000 or www.thehelix.ie.
DONAL WALSH DOCUMENTARY TO BE AIRED
NEW footage of Kerry teenager Donal Walsh in the months before he died will be shown in a documentary.
The documentary follows Donal as he dealt with his terminal illness while spreading his poignant message about suicide. It gives the teenager's account in his own words, as well as those of his friends, his family and those around him whose lives he touched. Donal Walsh: My Story will be on RTE Two on New Year's Day at 9.30pm
SHOPPING CHAOS AFTER BANKING GLITCHES
A COMPUTER glitch affecting thousands of AIB customers struck yesterday -- one of the busiest shopping days. Thousands of AIB debit cardholders were unable to get money from either AIB or other bank ATMs yesterday for the second day in a row.
NORTH DEAL STILL ELUDING US DIPLOMAT
US diplomat Richard Haass is facing up to the prospect of returning home before Christmas without brokering a deal between the North's main parties on 'toxic' political issues.