Sunday 23 July 2017

President Higgins to undergo knee surgery in Galway for old injury

President Michael D Higgins is going into hospital for "knee-repair surgery" on Tuesday. He will be operated on in the Bon Secours Hospital, Galway, for surgery related to a previous injury. After fulfiling public engagements today and tomorrow, the President will spend time in hospital before returning to the Aras after December 19.

New TD Nulty faces Labour expulsion

Newly elected TD Patrick Nulty is facing expulsion from the Labour Party after voting against last week's Budget.

Mr Nulty, elected in a by election in west Dublin, has already been expelled from the parliamentary party. Despite his insistence that he would remain a Labour member, moves are afoot among backbenchers to have Mr Nulty expelled from the national party for what some have described as his "treacherous" behaviour, just six weeks after he was elected to the Dail.

They are furious that they devoted so much time in the run up to polling day to ensure Mr Nulty won. There is also anger that the party spent €10,000 on his campaign.

€18,000 cash found lying on roadside

GARDAI in Bandon, Co Cork, have appealed for help in tracing the owner of €18,000 in cash that was handed in by a man who found lying by the side of the road.

The money was found in a ditch by a man walking in the Kilbrittain area last Thursday afternoon. Forensic testing has been carried out on the cash in the hope of finding fingerprints that may help identify the owner. However, no-one has come forward -- so far.

Hundreds of staff fear plant will close

More than 400 staff at two medical diagnostics plants in Clare and Galway are anxiously awaiting news of plans that are likely to see one of the facilities close.

Beckman Coulter has been in the Mervue Business Park in Galway since 1972 and employs 200. In 2009 it took over Olympus Diagnostics at Lismeahan, Co Clare where another 200 are employed. But earlier this year, Beckman Coulter was bought by US medical giant Danaher Corp.

Workers were due to be informed of company plans last Monday; by Friday, workers had still not been told. It is feared that half of the existing positions between both plants will be lost following a review of Irish operations.

No winner of €2.6m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner in last night's €2,636,074 Lotto draw. The numbers were 4, 9, 13, 18, 37, 40 (bonus 42).

There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 42 Match 5s (€1,766); 115 Match 4+bonus (€162); 2,274 Match 4s (€50); 2,714 Match 3+bonus (€28) and 37,076 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 10, 21, 26, 28, 33, 35 (bonus 5) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 4, 5, 10, 25, 28, 35 (bonus 36).

In the UK draw for stg£15m the numbers were 16, 21, 24, 29, 30, 39 (bonus 20).

Tragedy of freight refugees honoured

The chief executive of the Irish Refugee Council, Sue Conlan, will today join a group of Turkish, Kurdish and Irish people to remember the three men, one woman and four children who died in a freight container that arrived in Wexford 10 years ago this month.

"Today our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost loved ones in the tragedy of December 2001," Ms Conlan said. "Ireland provided a sanctuary to those who survived the tragedy 10 years ago, but its recent record in asylum suggests that it has lost sight of its duty."

Search to continue at Cliffs of Moher

THE search is expected to resume early today for a woman not seen since Friday and believed to be missing after a car was reported abandoned near the Cliffs of Moher.

Gardai say that the car belongs to a 38-year-old woman from Limerick, who left her home early on Friday, saying she had a doctor's appointment.

Greens make plans for political return

Thirty years after its foundation, the Green Party has set out a new strategic plan aimed at putting the party back into representative politics over the next five years.

The frontbench sees the return of former parliamentary party members Ciaran Cuffe and Mark Dearey. New faces include Seamus Sheridan of Sheridan's Cheesemongers (agriculture), deputy leader Catherine Martin (education), and chairperson Roderic O'Gorman (social protection).

Administration yearbook launched

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has launched the 46th edition of the Administration Yearbook & Diary 2012, one of the best-known Irish reference books. The diary contains contact details for government and non-government organisation and also contains all the details of the new government departments.

Tribute to Artane band director

A Dublin TD has paid tribute to Joe Lynch, musical director of the Artane Boys' Band, who died suddenly aged 65. Originally from Kells, Co Meath, his mother died when he was young and his father sent him and his two brothers to the Artane Industrial School.

"I am deeply saddened by his passing as I have known him for 30 years," said TD Terence Flanagan last week. "He was a musical perfectionist and a gentleman who had a strong work ethic and always ensured that the highest professional standard of music was performed by both the Artane Boys' Band and Artane Senior Band."

Under his guidance, the band performed with world-renowned artists such as Neil Diamond and Bing Crosby.

Mr Lynch is survived by his wife Dolores, his four daughters, Shelly, Mandy, Trish and Aimee, and his brothers, Frank, Brian, Vincent and Martin.

Woman leaves €10m estate

Marie Costelloe, of Moygaddy Stud, Co Kildare, who died on December 9, 2010, has left €10,208,260 in her will, which went to probate in Dublin last week. Other wills: Mary Katharine Towers, Belgrave Sq, Dublin, €2,250,059; Alice Hoey, St Peter's Place, Drogheda, €1,013,996.

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