Tuesday 6 December 2016

In brief: Nursing Homes Ireland seeks review after €100m is taken from Fair Deal

Published 22/05/2011 | 05:00

Nursing Homes Ireland yesterday welcomed the news that the HSE was committed to replacing the €100m that had been removed from the ringfenced Fair Deal budget.

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"Clearly, the next stage in the process has to be a thorough review of the budgetary arrangements, so that we can be sure that the entirety of the €1.1bn is being allocated correctly and spent wisely," the group said.

Driver, 19, dies in collision with lorry

A young man died after a collision between a car and a lorry at Glasdrum, Cappawhite, Co Tipperary, at 12.30am yesterday. The 19-year-old driver of the car died, while a female passenger was taken to Clonmel hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Gardai are investigating.

Small bomb explodes on Derry street

A small bomb exploded outside the offices of a building society in Derry yesterday afternoon. Little damage was caused to the office in Shipquay Street and there were no reports of any injuries. Police had evacuated the area after a telephoned warning was received.

Meanwhile, racing at the North West 200 was suspended yesterday because of a security alert. The paddock area in Coleraine was evacuated before lunchtime following a telephoned bomb warning.

Man held over suspect device on bus

Gardai said yesterday they had arrested one man in connection with the discovery of a suspect device on a bus carrying 30 people outside Maynooth, Co Kildare, last Monday.

The man, in his early 60s, was arrested by gardai in Longford, working in conjunction with national units. The man was detained under anti-terrorist legislation.

McGrory tipped to be North's DPP

A lawyer whose father was regarded as the solicitor to the elite of Sinn Fein is being tipped to be the North's next Director of Public Prosecutions.

Barra McGrory's name is being whispered in legal circles as the chosen successor to Sir Alasdair Fraser, who retired last year. His late father, Paddy, was one of the North's most eminent solicitors during the Troubles and represented Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams and, in another case, the families of three IRA members shot by the SAS in Gibraltar.

He made legal history in 2007 when he became the first solicitor in the North to be made a QC. His father was one of three nationalist lawyers targeted by the UDA at the time that it murdered solicitor Pat Finucane in February 1989.

Roads closed for Red Bull Flugtag

ROAD closures and traffic restrictions will be in place today in Dun Laoghaire as the wacky Red Bull Flugtag takes place at the harbour. Competitors will try to fly homemade flying machines, using only human power.

The site opens at noon and the competition runs until 4.30pm. Queens Road will be closed to westbound traffic from the Sandycove direction, between Park Road and Marine Road. Access to Mellifont Avenue from George's Street will be closed and traffic diverted via Park Road.

Lucky lotto winner scoops €3.9m

one person won last night's €3,911,401 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 25, 26, 28, 35, 36, 40 (bonus 39).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25,000; 38 Match 5s (€2,150); 102 Match 4+bonus (€201); 2,077 Match 4s (€61); 2,641 Match 3+bonus (€32); and 34,357 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 20, 21, 27, 31, 41, 45 (bonus 29) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 5, 8, 14, 27, 39, 45 (bonus 2).

In the UK draw for stg£4.4m, the numbers were 4, 17, 23, 24, 30, 35 (bonus 5).

Fas report casts doubt on future

A second deeply critical report into the effectiveness of job-training programmes at Fas has gone to Government.

Carried out by academics at the Geary Institute in UCD and seen by the Sunday Independent, it casts further doubt on the capacity of the organisation to deal with Ireland's escalating unemployment crisis.

The report, still in draft form, finds that a majority of Fas courses are described by participants as being "valueless'.'

Some of the more useful courses are slammed on the basis of cost. Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said in response to queries from the Sunday Independent: "The old Fas will have to absolutely disappear."

Chinese man in court over death

A CHINESE national was due in court yesterday in connection with the death of 41-year-old Noel Fagan, who was attacked outside an internet cafe in Dublin on Friday afternoon. Mr Fagan was set upon as he emerged from the cafe on Wellington Quay at around 4pm. He was attacked and kicked several times. He was rushed to St James' Hospital but died from his injuries.

A suspect was arrested at the scene of the attack, near the Ha'Penny Bridge. He was questioned at Pearse Street Garda Station. Mr Fagan was originally from Finglas but was living in Stoneybatter.

'Lady of the Lake' stages photo show

The launch of Terri Kearney's eagerly awaited photo-study Lough Hyne: The Marine Researchers will take place this Friday, at Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Centre.

Ms Kearney, whose enthusiasm for Lough Hyne has earned her the title Lady of the Lake, is the manager of the Skibbereen Heritage Centre and the launch starts a week of events. Tickets are in huge demand but calls can be made to the Skibbereen Heritage Centre at (028) 40900.

Retired farmer leaves €3.4m estate

Michael Byrne, a farmer of Ashgrove, Bansha, Tipperary, who died on September 25, 2010, left €3,495,558 in his will.

Other wills: Patricia Lynham, accountants' secretary, Newgrove Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4, €2,508,816; Robert Towers, pathologist, Shrewsbury Road, Dublin, €1,645,618; Josephine Mulholland, housewife, Barton Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin, €1,474,668; J Garret Yates, farmer, Kilmague, Naas, Co Kildare, €1,455,800; Brid Ui Bhriain, housewife, Castle Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin, €1,399,178; and Maurice Murphy, sculptor, Drimoleague, Cork, €1,328,573.

The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts

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