Appeal for witnesses after woman dies following motorcycle accident
A 54-YEAR-OLD woman has died following a motorcycle accident yesterday. The incident happened at around midday on the Crossmolina to Belmullet Road in Mayo. Emergency services rushed to the scene and attempts were made to save the woman's life. However, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
TEMPERATURES SET TO SOAR THIS WEEK
Temperatures are set to soar, with the warmest day of the year so far expected on Tuesday or Wednesday.Met Eireann expects the mercury to reach 25C in many places on Tuesday. Wednesday could prove to be the hottest day of the year so far however, with temperatures expected to reach 26C in some parts of the country.
"Next week it gets warmer as high pressure builds," said Deirdre Lowe of Met Eireann. "We'll get temperatures mid-week in the low to mid-20s. So it will be quite warm."
PASSENGER JOURNEYS RISE BY 2.7 MILLION
More than 2.7 million extra passenger journeys have been made on CIE's rail, bus and Luas public transport networks during the first five months of this year.
These represent the first major sustained growth in passenger numbers since 2008 and mean CIE is on target to meet its target of five million extra journeys for 2014.
Dublin Bus trips were up 1.05 million while the struggling Bus Eireann and Irish Rail companies have seen passenger numbers increase by 500,000 and 300,000 approximately. The Luas also recorded over 850,000 extra passengers.
However last night the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) withdrew from talks with management at Iarnrod Éireann on a controversial cost-saving plan.
The move raises the potential for industrial relations difficulties on Irish railways in the weeks ahead.
ONE DEAD IN NIGHT-TIME HOME BLAZE
A 70-year-old woman died in a house fire yesterday in the Springhill area of Tallanstown, Dundalk, Co Louth.
The fire began in the kitchen of the house where the woman's body was found shortly after 3.30pm.
Gardai are not treating the incident as suspicious.
IRISH WATER FORGES AHEAD WITH METERS
IRISH Water has admitted that it faces "challenging conditions" in facing down a raft of protests as it attempts to install meters in homes across the country ahead of the introduction of charges from October.
Irish Water confirmed it was installing 30,000 water meters a month, ahead of a 27,000 per month target, as part of the ambitious programme which aims to have more than one million in place by the end of 2016.
Meanwhile, the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has revealed that fewer than 240 submissions have been received from the public over how charges should be calculated and what protections should be put in place.
TWO WINNERS SHARE €2M LOTTO JACKPOT
TWO winners will share last night's €2m Lotto jackpot. The tickets were bought in the Mid-West and the South-East and the numbers were 4, 8, 15, 18, 19, 22 (bonus 1).
The Plus 1 numbers were 1, 6, 12, 15, 38, 41 (bonus 25) while Plus 2 numbers were 6, 19, 27, 31, 38, 43 (bonus 24).
GARDAI SEIZE €1M CANNABIS IN WICKLOW
TWO men have been arrested after cannabis herb with an estimated street value of over €1m was seized in Wicklow.
Two houses were searched in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, and gardai discovered 51kg of cannabis herb with a street value of €1m. Two men, aged 61 and 36, were arrested and then questioned at Bray Garda Station.
Separately, a 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday after cocaine worth €20,000 was seized from a car in Cork City. He is being held at Gurranabraher Garda Station.
GANGLAND GUN VICTIM REMAINS 'CRITICAL'
A WELL-known criminal is in a critical but stable state after he was gunned down in broad daylight in Dublin.
Brian O'Reilly, 45, a former associate of slain crime boss Eamon Dunne, was shot twice in the chest just after 11am on Friday outside a gym in Balbriggan. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital.
Anyone with information should call Balbriggan gardai on 01-8020510 or the Confidential Line at 1800-666-111.
CRASH AND TRIATHLON SPARK ROAD CHAOS
A seven-vehicle collision on the Rush Road into Skerries Co Dublin caused traffic chaos yesterday as all of the other routes into the town were closed for a triathlon event.
A number of people were taken to hospital following the incident, but there were no serious injuries.
TAXI DRIVER THWARTS CAR-JACKERS
GARDAI are investigating another attempted car-jacking in Dublin city after a taxi carrying three male passengers drove from Tallaght to Basin Street and ordered the taxi driver from the car at 2.50am this morning.
The taxi driver managed to take the keys from the ignition and run towards James St to alert gardai.
No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.
FEARS FOR YOUNGSTERS LEAVING CARE
FOCUS Ireland has expressed deep concern that up to 40 per cent of the young people it is working with after leaving State care are now homeless.
Services manager Neil Forsyth said young people were "the most vulnerable section of the homeless population".
RYANAIR SNAPS UP AER LINGUS TRAVELLERS
RYANAIR had its busiest day ever on Tuesday, racking up 10 flight bookings a second, as worried travellers abandoned Aer Lingus in their thousands because of threatened strike action.
The shock figures show that union threats cost the national carrier dear in lost revenue – money that won't be recovered.
Unions planned two one-day walk-outs but called them off on Wednesday evening. But it was too late. Thousands of customers had already switched to the budget airline.
The planned work stoppages, had been due to take place tomorrow and Wednesday – the latest salvo in a war over rosters – which meant a direct threat to the travel plans of 70,000 people.
MCGUINNESS'S OFFICIAL CAR VANDALISED
MARTIN McGuinness has hit out after vandals damaged his ministerial car. The Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister described the attack on the vehicle outside his Derry home last night as "pointless".
He said: "These type of attacks are pointless. I won't be deflected from carrying out my responsibilities and my work to build peace and reconciliation."