ANIMAL rights activists have condemned an horrific act of cruelty after the mutilated bodies of a cat and kitten were found in a field next to a housing estate in Drogheda, Co Louth.
Animal Rights Action Network said the attack was carried out by a group of children aged from eight to 12. The youths reportedly first killed the kitten by throwing a firecracker at it, then fatally wounded the cat after it went to the aid of the kitten.
NUCLEAR PLANT ACTION
HERITAGE agency An Taisce is taking legal action against the British government over plans to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, in the Bristol Channel, just 240km away.
An Taisce has launched judicial proceedings in London, saying the Irish people should have been consulted on plans to build nuclear power stations as they could have an impact on the population if there were leaks or accidents. The case is expected to be heard in December.
MISSING MAN TRAGEDY
A SEARCH for an elderly man who went missing from his home over the weekend has ended tragically.
Pat Byrne was found dead shortly before midnight on Saturday night – just hours after he went missing from his south Dublin home. The 80-year-old had gone missing that morning in the Dalkey area. It is understood he died from natural causes.
LOVE/HATE US HOPES
LOVE/HATE director David Caffrey would be "flattered" if asked to helm the US remake of the award-winning gangland drama.
Producers of the hit RTE series have confirmed that an American version will be screened within 18 months, after being sold to a cable channel in the US. "You have to wait and see with all these things, but of course I would be flattered to be considered for the job if it's remade," Caffrey told the Irish Independent.
QUINN KILLING APPEAL
THE FAMILY of a young man who claim he was brutally beaten to death by an IRA gang six years ago has renewed an appeal for information in the hope of bringing his killers to justice.
It came as family and friends of Paul Quinn (21) from Cullyhana, Co Armagh, gathered for a special church service to mark the anniversary of his death. Mr Quinn was battered to death by a gang of up to 10 men after being lured to a shed on a farm near the Co Monaghan village of Oram, on October 20, 2007.