A MAN has hit out at the 'cowardly act' which saw both of his pet dogs poisoned with strychnine. Michael McLoughlin, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, said he was left in shock after discovering his two collies writhing in pain at his home last month.
Mr McLoughlin described the dogs – Harvey and Pippa – as the friendliest animals he had ever come across. Despite the way his pets were killed, Mr McLoughlin said he would not be put off from getting another dog. "I live alone and the dogs were always company here. I'm going to get another one from the pound. Whoever did this hates animals. It was a cowardly act," he added.
TEEN STABLE AFTER FALL
AN 18-year-old girl remains in a stable condition after falling from a hotel balcony. The teenager, from Moate, Co Westmeath, was attending a wedding at the Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co Offaly, when the incident occurred at around 1.15 on Saturday morning.
It is understood the girl had been sitting on a first-floor balcony when she accidentally fell and hit a BMW parked underneath. She was rushed to Midlands Regional Hospital and is now said to be recovering.
SLURRY DEATH PROBE
THE father of a farmer who died while working on a slurry tank on his west Cork farm desperately tried to save his son before he had to give up when he was almost overcome by the toxic fumes.
Separate investigations by the gardai and the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are under way following the tragic death of Michael 'Mike' McCarthy (37) who died on his farm at Cahermuckee, in Kealkill near Bantry, at the weekend. Tributes were paid to the father of two yesterday, whose death was described as a "terrible tragedy" by a close friend of the family.
24 ROAD RALLY ARRESTS
GARDAI and the PSNI are searching for the driver of a car which spun its wheels in a 'doughnut' outside a court house. The incident was one of more than 100 motoring offences detected by over-stretched gardai during the Donegal International Rally, which ended last night.
Seven people were arrested for dangerous driving while 17 others were arrested for public order offences. The court house incident was filmed and posted to Facebook yesterday by a friend of the driver before being removed. Meanwhile, a 23-year-old man whose car crashed outside Letterkenny on March 23 has died in hospital. Darry McDaid had been in a coma since the crash.