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Saturday 23 August 2014

Power surge fires

Published 06/01/2014 | 02:30

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A SUSPECTED power surge from a branch falling onto electrical lines sparked four small fires in the same housing estate in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin.

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Six units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called out to the estate on Oliver Plunkett Avenue in Dun Laoghaire around 6.30pm last night after residentsreported electrical fires, including two in fuse boxes, one in a hot press and the other in a kitchen. The fires were brought under control within an hour.

OPENNESS ON WEIGHT

TWO-THIRDS of Irish adults consider themselves overweight -- but most blame a lack of exercise rather than their diet.

Seven out of 10 respondents blamed not exercising enough for their weight issues, with those over 40 years of age more likely to consider themselves overweight.

SEARCH FOR MAN (32)

A SEARCH is under way after 32-year-old Jason O'Connor was reported missing.

The man was last seen near his home in the Silversprings area of Co Cork at around 5am on Saturday morning. Anyone with information is asked to contact Mayfield garda station on 021 4558 510 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

NEW TOURISM TARGETS

Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar is setting a target of attracting at least 260,000 extra tourists this year.

Tourism officials are confident that there will be further growth due to a 25pc increase in the number of seats on transatlantic air routes since the Budget.

HIT-AND-RUN ARREST

A MOTORIST was last night arrested in Co Donegal during the investigation of a suspected hit-and-run accident in Northern Ireland.

The man was arrested taken to Ballyshannon garda station, where he was being questioned about the death of a pedestrian who died when struck by a car across the Border at Tulluchurry Rd, Leggs, Belleek, Co Fermanagh, at 2.50am yesterday. The man who died was in his 50s and named locally as Patrick McCaffrey.

DRIVE FOR 'HIDDEN' ART

KERRY County Council is paying thousands of euro in insurance each year for a valuable exhibition which, it is claimed, few people get to see.

Campaigners for greater access to the Pauline Bewick 'Seven Ages' permanent exhibition in Killorglin, Co Kerry, argue it should be on a par with the LS Lowry exhibition in Manchester, and the Hockney museum in Bradford.

Irish Independent

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