Saturday 31 January 2015

Informer death probe

Published 31/01/2013 | 05:00

THE Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman has opened a new investigation into the PSNI's handling of the MI5 spy Denis Donaldson, who was murdered in Donegal.

Mr Donaldson (55), a close colleague of Gerry Adams, was shot dead at an isolated cottage in Glenties, Co Donegal in April 2006. The Real IRA claimed responsibility three years later but the circumstances surrounding Mr Donaldson's 'outing' and subsequent assassination have been shrouded in mystery.

Waste firm in court

WASTE-MANAGEMENT company Greyhound is facing prosecution for breaching waste regulations.

It is alleged that five containers containing waste which was prohibited from export to China, India and Indonesia for recovery were found at Dublin Port in January and April 2010. Judge John O'Neill adjourned the case at Dublin Circuit Court until March 4.

Hunt for missing man

TAXI drivers have been urged to help in the search for a man who has been missing for almost three weeks.

William 'Liam' Horgan (59) of Tower Street, Cork, suffers from serious health problems and is only able to walk with difficulty. He is 5ft 7in, of medium build and has grey hair and a grey beard. Details to Angelsea Street garda station at (021) 4522000.

Trial date for adviser

A DATE for the arraignment of businessman Breifne O'Brien, who is facing multiple charges of theft and deception, has been set for April 9. The Cork-born financial adviser appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, charged under the Theft and Fraud Act.

Mr O'Brien (51), of Kilmore, Monkstown Grove, Dublin, faces 19 charges of theft of sums totalling about €11m from five individuals and 19 charges of deception of the same people. Further charges allege deception involving €1.9m.

Jailed for arson attack

A MOTHER has received a four-year sentence, with the final three years suspended, for her role in events which led to an arson attack on a prison nurse's car. The court heard that Fiona Ryan (37) of Riverchapel Lawns, Riverchapel Wood, Courtown, Co Wexford, did not carry out the attack but passed the nurse's address to another person.

It happened after her husband, an inmate in Wheatfield Prison, had been put on disciplinary report by the nurse. Ryan's husband, William Ryan (53), was found not guilty by a jury following a five-day trial last December of two counts of arson on the cars on September 4, 2007.

Irish Independent

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