GARDAI will this week renew their appeals for witnesses to come forward to assist in the investigation into the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, which took place a year ago yesterday.
Detectives have identified the five young men present when Det Garda Donohoe was shot dead at Lordship Credit Union in Dundalk, but they have had little co-operation from a number of people in South Armagh who were aware of the movements and activities of the gang.
Two of the main suspects -- brothers, including the young man who gardai believed fired the shotgun that killed Det Garda Donohoe -- have been in the US for the past two months. Detectives travelled to New York and asked the two to make statements, but they declined to present themselves.
A religious service was held last week to commemorate Det Garda Donohoe's birthday -- he would have been 42.
COAST GUARD FIGHTS TIDE IN COW RESCUE
THE Coast Guard was fighting against the incoming tide last night to rescue a cow that got stuck in the mud.
A rescue unit from the Crosshaven Coast Guard in Cork was dispatched to Hop Island off Cork Harbour yesterday afternoon after a young calf from a local farm broke free and ran into the sea before getting stuck in the mud.
Rescuers were up against the clock as they tried to free the cow before the incoming high tide last night.
GARDAI INVESTIGATE DEATH OF TEENAGER
GARDAI are investigating the sudden death of a teenager in Co Wicklow. The 19-year-old was rushed to Naas General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Gardai were subsequently informed.
It is understood he was discovered at a premises in Blessington, Co Wicklow, yesterday afternoon. The teenager was not the victim of an assault, and violence is not suspected. A garda investigation is under way.
SIX WINNERS TO SHARE €3.5M LOTTO
LAST night's €3,528,865 Lotto jackpot will be split between six winning tickets. Each winner gets €588,144 and the tickets boxed the compass, being sold in the South, South East, East, North East, Mid West and Dublin.
The numbers were 4, 5, 13, 21, 29, 37 (bonus 22).
The Plus 1 numbers were 6, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17 (bonus 36) and the Plus 2 draw saw 8, 16, 17, 25, 33, 43 (bonus 34).
INTEL CUTS 'WON'T AFFECT IRISH STAFF'
COMPUTER giant Intel yesterday said plans to reduce staff numbers will not affect their Irish workforce.
"There's no indication it will affect anyone in Ireland," an Intel Ireland spokesperson told RTE News.
The California-based company said yesterday it will trim its workforce by five per cent this year.
Word of the cuts came a day after Intel reported net profit last year sank 13 per cent. Intel employs 4,500 people in its Irish operations, with hundreds more in subsidiary companies in Shannon, Cork and Belfast.
ANGER OVER MCGUINNESS UVF REMARKS
RELATIONS between the North's two top ministers have hit rock bottom over the failed Haass talks.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has been accused of "removing the pin from the hand grenade" by First Minister Peter Robinson over his comments claiming that the Orange Order and the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in Belfast were "one and the same".
Senior Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) sources said that Mr McGuinness tore up a verbal agreement not to make incendiary comments about the deadlocked Haass proposals agreed at a meeting of the leaders of the five main political parties last Tuesday.
"The agreement was that all five party leaders would keep comments about Haass constructive, not engage in negative name-calling or make incendiary remarks, but Martin McGuinness couldn't fulfil that obligation," one senior party source said.
MOCK JUNIOR CERT 'NO LONGER NEEDED'
JUNIOR Certificate students will be released from the torture of the dreaded mock-certificate exams as a side effect of Ruairi Quinn's reforms of the second level education syllabus.
In a radical reform of the old Junior Cert, announced by Ruairi Quinn last week, one of the consequences of the increase in assessment-based examinations is that the need for what were called the 'mocks' has been ended.
The mocks were a form of trial run prior to the actual state exams in the summer. However, the changes in the curriculum mean, according to an education spokesperson, "the mocks are now essentially obsolete''.
DERRY RESIDENT KILLED IN KABUL BLAST
A FORMER British soldier living in Northern Ireland was among the 21 killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan yesterday. Simon Chase, a former British soldier, was originally from Merseyside but had been living in Limavady, Co Derry, with his fiancee Norma McDowell.
Healthcare worker Ms McDowell, from Limavady, was last night being comforted by family and friends. It is understood the couple lived together with two children in the Drumachose Park area of the town.
The ex-Cheshire Regiment soldier had worked as a nightclub doorman in Limavady before travelling to Kabul to work in the security industry.
CAR FIRM DENIES EXPLOITING JOBBRIDGE
A CAR repair specialist has rejected any suggestion that it is exploiting the JobBridge scheme after seeking 28 interns under the programme.
Advanced Pitstop -- which employs 200 people nationwide -- said interns would "gain practical experience" during a nine-month placement. Critics said the firm will save €400,000 in wages by hiring through JobBridge. The internship scheme allows companies to hire unemployed workers, who will then receive €50 on top of their social welfare allowance.
Advanced Pitstop has strongly defended its decision, saying the advertised positions have already attracted considerable interest.
COMEDY AND SPIRITUAL MUSIC FOR GAIETY
A SKULL in Connemara, the black comedy by Martin McDonagh, acclaimed writer and director of In Bruges and the celebrated Leenane Trilogy, runs from January 27 for one week only at the Gaiety Theatre.
Also at the Gaiety, How Great Thou Art: The Spiritual Hits Concert, starring Red Hurley and featuring Aled Jones and Sandra Oman, runs from February 3-8.
FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS CONCERT
MORE than 400 young musicians will perform Beethoven and Mozart at the National Concert Hall next month.
Eight youth orchestras from around the country have been chosen to perform a selection of classic and modern repertoires at the 19th annual Festival of Youth Orchestras in Dublin on February 8. The event is one of the highlights of the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, representing 8,000 budding musicians across Ireland.