In brief: Thieves steal 10 chained laptops from Revenue office as staff work upstairs
BURGLARS stole 10 laptops from an office of the Revenue Commissioners last week, under the noses of staff.
The thieves used crow bars to break their way into the building on the Navan Road in Dublin at 7.15pm last Thursday while staff worked in a top floor office. The Navan Road branch is the centre for major investigations into serious tax crimes.
Garda sources believed the theft was opportunistic.
Brothel keeper told 'leave or face jail'
A PortugUese woman who was offering sex for sale at a house she rented in Monaghan has been told she must get out of Ireland today or face a six-month term in jail.
Malfalda de Matos, 33, was convicted at the District Court in Monaghan town for keeping a brothel at her premises in the Lake View area. A fine of €500 was imposed on the woman, who the court heard had raked in more that €3,000 for 'sex from sale' in a matter of days.
Boylesports buys 17 Celtic bookies
Boylesports bookies is to buy over 17 shops from Celtic Bookmakers, the collapsed chain owned by former FG minister and broadcaster Ivan Yates and his wife Deirdre.
The acquisition looks set to save 100 of the 237 jobs that were lost. What will happen to the remaining Celtic outlets remains unclear. Boylesports owner John Boyle, who now has 158 outlets, declined to reveal how much they paid the receiver in the deal.
War memorial planned for U-boat site
IRISH divers who discovered a World War One U-boat off the Cork coast are now liaising with the German authorities over a special war memorial at the site.
Military historians and the divers who found the UC-42 off Roche's Point are hoping they can trace relatives of the 27 crewmen who died when the submarine accidentally detonated one of her own mines in 1917. It is believed that the remains of the crew -- many in their late teens -- are still in the UC-42. The divers found the sub last November.
Bailout terms can change, says report
IRELAND could get up to 30 years to repay the €85bn it has agreed to borrow under the terms of the so-called EU/IMF bailout, and at a lower interest rate than the average of 5.8 per cent currently being charged, according to a report by Reuters, citing eurozone sources.
The report said German central bank chief Axel Weber had suggested extending the Irish loan to a period of 30 years, a move which it said could help both countries avoid restructuring their debts to the private sector.
The same sources said that a special eurozone summit in March would hear proposals for an increase in the lending power and flexibility of the EU's rescue fund, longer loan repayment periods and lower interest rates on the loans to Ireland and Greece.
No winner of €2.7m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2.7m Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 8, 21, 38, 41, 42, 45 (bonus 43).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each win €25,000; 46 Match 5s (€1,845); 117 Match 4+bonus (€181); 2,044 Match 4s (€64); 2,832 Match 3+bonus (€31) and 34,895 Match 3s (€5 scratchcard). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 15, 36, 39, 40, 41, (bonus 2) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1, 10, 14, 20, 22, 43 (bonus 8).
In the UK draw for stg£4.4m, the numbers were 5, 20, 25, 30, 36, 47 (bonus 15).
FF hopes for March 2 election day
THE Finance Bill last night passed all stages in the Seanad and will now be sent to President Mary McAleese to be signed into law. The bill was passed by 30 votes to 20 just before 7pm.
Because no amendments were recommended, the bill will not be referred to the Dail which will now reconvene on Tuesday when Taoiseach Brian Cowen will announce its dissolution and the date of the General Election.
There is speculation that Mr Cowen will seek to push the date of the election to March 2. FF believes a longer campaign period will help Micheal Martin draw voters attention to what the party describes as "the yawning gap" between the policy positions of Fine Gael and Labour.
'King Scum' is released from prison
THE major criminal figure Tony Felloni, 67, who flooded Dublin with heroin in the Eighties and Nineties was released from prison yesterday, after serving more than 14 years for heroin dealing.
Felloni, known as 'King Scum' had kept a low profile while in Portlaoise maximum security prison since 1996.
Electronics firm to cut 11pc of staff
One of Clare's most successful companies is set to let go up to 11 per cent of its workforce in the coming months.
Management at Ei Electronics, based in the Shannon industrial estate, called workers to a meeting on Friday afternoon where staff were told the news.
Woman, 29, dies in apartment fire
A 29-year-old Irish woman died in a fire in Temple Place, Grenville Street, Dublin. The woman, who has not been named, was the only occupant of the apartment when fire broke out early yesterday morning.
Forensic experts were examining the scene yesterday. Gardai do not believe the fire was started maliciously. They appealed to any witnesses to contact Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station on (01) 6668400 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Season extension divides shooters
Ireland's shooting fraternity is "up in arms" over the proposal by the Department of the Environment to extend the shooting season for pheasants into February.
The season usually lasts from November 1 until January 31. Because of the moratorium on shooting game birds during the snow in December, the National Association of Regional Game Councils lobbied the Department of the Environment to have the season extended.
"We are up in arms over this. We are conservationists as well as sportsmen and the pheasants have already had a dreadful winter,'' said one shooter.