Man denies murder
A 22-YEAR-old Mayo man has admitted killing his mother almost three years ago, but he has denied her murder and will go on trial later this week.
Celyn Eadon of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar was before the Central Criminal Court yesterday charged with murdering Noreen Kelly. He pleaded not guilty to murdering the 46-year-old, but guilty to her manslaughter at that address on March 9, 2011. The court heard the plea was not acceptable to the DPP. Mr Justice Paul Carney then swore in a jury of seven men and five women for the murder trial on Thursday.
MONUMENT FOR FIONA
CONSTRUCTION will begin shortly on a monument in memory of missing Co Offaly woman Fiona Pender.
The 25-year-old was seven months' pregnant when she was last seen at her apartment in Tullamore in August of 1996. The monument was designed by Fiona's brother, John, with the assistance of one of his former college lecturers and it is expected to be completed in three months' time.
NO TROOPS FOR AFRICA
IRELAND has no plans to deploy troops with the new EU military mission to the Central African Republic.
EU foreign ministers agreed in Brussels yesterday to send a force of around a thousand troops to support French soldiers who are already in place there. The Irish Defence Forces are already heavily committed to peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and on the Golan Heights in Syria.
240KPH GARDA CHASE
GARDAI were forced to drive at speeds of 240kph pursuing criminals who had stolen a car during a break-in.
Two men were arrested after officers were alerted to the incident at a home in Ballina, Co Cavan. After breaking into the house, the thieves stole an Opel Astra hatchback. The car finally crashed on the motorway, near Celbridge, Co Kildare. Last night, the two suspects, who are from Ballyfermot, were in custody at Leixlip garda station.
PATIENT ATTACKS NURSE
A PSYCHIATRIC nurse in the Mercy University Hospital in Cork city was thrown on the floor and kicked in the face by a patient, the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) has revealed.
PNA deputy general secretary Seamus Murphy said the nurse was attacked on Sunday by a patient who kicked her in the cheekbone. However, she escaped serious injury. Mr Murphy said the attack was symptomatic of the increasing levels of violence at units in the country.