Wednesday 18 October 2017

Garda appointments

Death before hearing

The new garda commissioner is now expected to be appointed along with two new deputy commissioners and members of the new Garda Authority.

Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan will continue in office until the new appointments are made.

AN 83-year-old woman has died before an early hearing of her legal action could take place over a controversial surgical procedure carried out on her 50 years ago.

Noreen Burns, from south Dublin, had taken an action against the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, over a symphysiotomy carried out on her in 1959.

PIGEONS DUMPED

HUNDREDS of dead pigeons were dumped on the side of a rural road. The pigeons, which were in a tarpaulin bag were removed by Meath County Council's environmental officers who were told about the incident by local residents.

Charlie Johnson said he called the council after discovering the birds near Dunshaughlin while out walking on Tuesday and believes they were dumped over the weekend.

NEW WWI STAMPS

TWO colourful new commemorative stamps marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I have been released by An Post.

The new 68c and €1 stamps feature reproductions of original recruitment posters that were issued by the Central Council for the Organisation of Recruiting in Ireland to encourage Irish men to enlist and join the Allied war effort.

MYSTERY OF REMAINS

HUMAN remains found on various parts of the west Connemara coastline in recent months were of people who died more than 100 years ago, lab tests have shown. None of the remains yielded evidence of people who were lost at sea in recent years.

Very high tides caused havoc along the west Connemara coastline earlier this year. Bones were washed ashore or unearthed.

ASGARD REMEMBERED

THE PRESIDENT will attend a commemorative sail-in and re-enactment at Howth harbour this Sunday to mark the centenary of the Asgard's arrival.

On July 26, 1914, the Asgard, skippered by Erskine Childers, sailed into the harbour and landed guns for the Irish Volunteers. The landing played a key role in the run-up to the 1916 Rising.

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