McGuinness relative charged
A BROTHER-IN-LAW of Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness appeared in court yesterday charged with committing two terrorist offences at a dissident republican rally on Easter Monday in Derry. .
Marvin Canning (49), who is unemployed and from Glendara in the Brandywell area of Derry, denies the charges.
Forty held up in supermarket raid
UP to 40 people were held up during a raid on a supermarket and post office by three armed and masked raiders yesterday.
In the second raid in a week in the small village of Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, the raiders got away with a substantial amount of money after they demanded cash from terrified staff in Hammel's Supermarket at 10.15am. The armed gang demanded money from the supermarket tills as well as the adjoining post office.
No verdict in French trial
A JURY at the Central Criminal Court yesterday failed to agree a verdict in the trial of a woman accused of impeding the murder investigation into a mother of two.
The body of Rebecca French (30) was discovered in the boot of a burning car on October 9, 2009. Helen Connors (25), of Belvedere Grove, Wexford, had denied the charge. After more then five hours of deliberation over two days the jury told the court they could not reach agreement. Mr Justice Sheehan put the case in for mention on June 27 and remanded Ms Connors in custody until then.
New rail route falls short
IRISH Rail said yesterday the first phase of the Western Rail Corridor has recorded 'a creditable performance' in spite of passenger numbers falling well short of those anticipated.
Figures released by Irish Rail for the route's first 12 months show a total of 53,187 passengers travelled on the the new €106m Ennis to Athenry service -- far short of the expected 100,000.
Four more towns face coal ban
THE ban on using smoky coal has been extended to another four towns.
From August 1, it will be illegal to market or bituminous coal in Athlone, Clonmel, Carlow and Ennis. Environment Minister Phil Hogan yesterday said the ban, first introduced in Dublin in 1990, would be extended to help cut air pollution and reduce health problems.