Man hit by taxi in a 'serious condition'
A YOUNG man who was hit by a taxi in the early hours of yesterday morning remains in a serious condition this morning.
The 26-year-old was struck by the 1998-registered car on Ormond Quay near the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, at around 3.15am yesterday. He was rushed to the Mater Hospital with head injuries, where he remained last night. Gardai carried out an investigation and the road was eventually reopened.
Appeal in missing woman search
GARDAI last night appealed for help in tracing a missing 39-year-old Co Meath woman amid concerns for her safety.
Monica Riordan was last seen in the Holles Street area of Dublin at around 11am on Tuesday. She is of average height, and of thin build with shoulder length blonde hair. She was wearing a long grey coat, dark jeans and grey/white runners. Information should be given to gardai at Pearse St station on 01-6669000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
Life sentence for river murderer
A MAN has been given a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering another man by throwing him into the River Shannon two years ago.
Kevin Coughlan (29), of Avondale Drive, Greystones, Limerick, had denied murdering Francis Greene at Steamboat Quay, Limerick, in November 2009 but was found guilty by a majority verdict following a three-week trial at the Central Criminal Court.
New helicopter for Coast Guard
IRELAND'S newest, state-of-the-art search and rescue helicopter has been handed over to the Irish Coast Guard in the United States. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation this week completed production of the S-92 helicopter, which will be based at Shannon Airport and operated by CHC Helicopter on behalf of the Coast Guard.
The €15m helicopter can fly faster and further than aircraft currently in use and is equipped with enhanced rescue technology including infra-red and low-light cameras, a satellite communications system, and high-speed dual hoists.
Public warned over bank scam
CONSUMERS were last night warned to regularly check their bank accounts after gardai uncovered the latest online scam. The National Bureau of Criminal Investigation believe foreign criminals are behind so-called 'phishing' raids on hundreds of bank accounts here in the past week. The online criminals target Laser cards by using a random number selection process, said Garda Superintendent Vincent O'Brien in Letterkenny last night. He is helping to investigate five incidents in the town in the past few days.
It's thought hundreds more accounts across Ireland have also been targeted. "The figures involved run into thousands and we're urgently appealing to all account holders to check their statements," he warned. Gardai fear the criminal gangs are using Christmas as an opportunity to empty the accounts of their victims.
Charity braced for busy Christmas
ONE of Ireland's oldest charities has reported an astonishing surge in the number of people seeking emergency food support. Cork Penny Dinners -- which was founded in 1841 -- is now bracing itself for its busiest Christmas since the 19th Century. The charity daily feeds more than 100 people who cannot afford to feed themselves.
In the space of just two years, the charity has witnessed an estimated 50pc hike in the number of people asking for food support -- many young families who have lost homes and jobs.