Monday 16 October 2017

Pensioner raid

AN 82-year-old woman was tied up and gagged during a terrifying raid on her home.

Two thugs, wearing high-vis jackets and posing as workmen, gained entry into the pensioner's home in Hazelbury Green, Clonee, Dublin, at around 8.30am last Thursday.

The woman was dragged upstairs before the men tied her hands behind her back and gagged her with duct tape.

They then ransacked the house but left empty-handed in a white van.

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident and the garda investigation is continuing.

Rural pub proposal

A controversial proposal that would allow rural dwellers to drive home after having a few pints has been reignited by a councillor.

But the latest proposal by Independent councillor Danny Healy-Rae does not go as far as his motion of two years ago that called on the Justice Minister to allow gardaí discretion to issue drink-drive permits.

The Kerry councillor and publican said he still stood over this idea, even though it came in for widespread criticism.

"There was opposition from Government which I feel was very unfair," he said.

He called on Kerry County Council to "recognise" that many people in rural areas remained "trapped in their homes... as they still have no way open to them to travel to their local pubs and have a couple of drinks".

Just 50pc read to kids

Just under half of parents read to their children before bedtime, a survey has found.

The survey, carried out by St Michael's House which provides services people with an intellectual disability, found that 10pc of parents admitted to never reading their child a bedtime story.

The survey was carried out for the charity's annual 'Bring a Book, Buy A Book' fundraising campaign which encourages schools, businesses and communities to donate second-hand books which can then be bought by others for €2 each.

Death of negotiator

The death has taken place of former senior civil servant Diarmuid Cole who played a pivotal role in the negotiations to bring about an end to the violent campaign of the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.

Mr Cole, an assistant secretary of the Department of Justice when he retired, was seconded to the Anglo-Irish team in Belfast at the height of the Troubles. He had also been lauded for his work as director general in the Office of Integration.

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