A FORMER solicitor charged with the theft and fraud of over €50m has been granted extra legal aid to hire a forensic accountant.
Thomas Byrne (46), of Walkinstown Road, Crumlin, faces 52 charges relating to more than 20 residential properties and six banks and totalling more than €52m. The case is expected to take three months.
THE investigation into the murder of two cousins who were gunned down outside the Tesco Clearwater shopping centre remains "very active", the Dublin coroner has heard.
Glen Murphy (19) and Mark Noonan (23) died when gunmen opened fire as they stopped at a petrol station outside the shopping centre in Finglas in north Dublin on November 23, 2010. Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the inquest until August 16.
University in TB scare
OVER 150 staff and students at Dublin City University are being tested for tuberculosis, but a HSE spokesperson said there was no risk to the public.
The university last night confirmed that the staff and students attending the campus were contacted after two students were diagnosed with the illness. It is understood the two cases are not related to each other.
Funeral for toddler
THE family of a little girl who died after being struck by a car outside their home have thanked everyone for their prayers and support.
Little 21-month-old Lilly Rose O'Toole died in Tallaght Hospital after a car driven by a friend of her mother Ruth accidentally hit the toddler.
The toddler will repose at the O'Toole family home in Ballyfermot, Dublin, before being brought to the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot for burial after 11.30am Mass today.
Man flees restaurant
A MAN who fled a restaurant and a €250 bill has received the Probation Act.
Edvines Girskis (23), of Alderwood Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin, admitted to making off without paying for a bill of €257.10 at the Blazin' Grill, Belgard Square, Tallaght, on January 19, 2013.
Owners stall car sales
THE vast majority of car owners will not be looking to buy new vehicles any time soon. An AA poll of over 9,600 people has found that 79pc of Irish drivers are planning to hold on to their current cars for as long as possible.
Respondents say vehicle running costs are a major barrier when it comes to their next car purchase.