GARDAI are hunting a lone gunman who fired multiple shots at the home of a family of five as they slept upstairs. The attack occurred shortly after 1.30am at Meadow Walk in Hollyhill, Cork.
A couple in their 30s together with their three children were asleep in bed when the shots were fired. Nobody was hurt.
FIRM CREATES 20 JOBS
OVER 20 jobs have been created by a company that manufactures equipment for the dairy industry. Dairymaster hopes to fill the positions immediately.
The company currently employs around 300 people, mainly at its manufacturing plant in Causeway in north Co Kerry.
FEAR OVER IRA FUNERAL
GARDAI and members of the Emergency Response Unit were on standby for the funeral of the former IRA sniper Bernard McGinn. McGinn (56), a native of Castleblayney, died suddenly in Monaghan on Saturday.
McGinn was was convicted of killing the last British soldier to die in the North before the Good Friday Agreement, Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick, at Bessbrook in South Armagh, in 1997.
GUARD STILL FACES JAIL
THE threat of a jail sentence remains for a 'ghost estate' security guard who carried out an unprovoked and savage attack on a teacher at her home.
Alan Kilmartin (33), of Davitt Terrace, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, walked free earlier this month after Judge Carroll Moran imposed a three-year suspended sentence on the man, who pleaded guilty. However, an appeal is due at the Court of Criminal Appeal.
WIDOW DEFIES THUGS
AN ELDERLY widow recovering from a cancer operation has vowed to remain living in her home after being beaten by burglars.
German national Heike Mueller (75) was at her home near Kerrykeel on Donegal's Fanad peninsula when the three-man gang struck.
Local people have put up a €1,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.
IRELAND'S growing multiculturalism was celebrated with an historic goodwill Christmas visit to a leading Irish bishop by Muslim leaders.
Three officials of the Muslim Foundation of Cork paid a formal visit to the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, Dr Paul Colton, to mark the feast of Christmas.