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Thursday 21 September 2017

Soldier killed in fall at barracks is buried with full military honours

A SOLDIER who fell to his death in an accident at a barracks was buried with full military honours yesterday.

Pvt Paddy Conlon, 32, of Sligo, died at McKee Barracks in Dublin last Thursday. His funeral took place yesterday in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo.

Tributes were led by Chief of Staff Defence Forces Lt Gen Sean McCann, and FAI boss John Delaney. Mr Delaney said: "Paddy's death is a sad loss to amateur football in Sligo-Leitrim and Defence Forces football in particular. We send our deepest condolences to his family and partner at this very sad time."

GARDA MURDERERS WALK FREE FROM JAIL

THE State's two longest-serving republican prisoners, who were convicted of the murders of gardai Henry Boyle and John Morley in Roscommon in 1985, have been released.

Colm O'Shea, 62, from Sunday's Well, Cork, was freed last Thursday. His co-accused, Patrick McCann, 66, from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, is understood to have been released yesterday. Both were originally sentenced to death for the capital murder of the two officers, but this was commuted to 40 years' imprisonment.

After July's High Court case brought by another garda killer, 50-year-old Noel Callan, to have 'normal' 25 per cent remission on a 40-year term, the Department of Justice last week ruled this also applied to McCann and O'Shea.

MAN FREED IN PROBE INTO BANK CARDS

A MAN was released without charge yesterday following questioning over intercepting bank cards in the mail.

The An Post employee, who is in his 40s, was arrested following a search in the Crumlin area of Dublin on Friday night and taken to Terenure Garda Station.

NO WINNER OF €2.9M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,989,996 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 9, 22, 37, 40, 42, 44 (bonus 25).

There was one Match 5+bonus winner (€25,000); 31 Match 5s (€2,143); 88 Match 4+bonus (€189); 1,683 Match 4s (€61); 2,207 Match 3+bonus (€31); 27,225 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 7, 16, 23, 33, 36, 39 (bonus 32) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 9, 19, 24, 25, 36, 40 (bonus 39). And in the UK draw for stg£6m the numbers were 12, 13, 18, 39, 43, 49 (bonus 37).

HOSPITAL BADLY DISRUPTED BY FLOODING

SERVICES at Letterkenny General Hospital remained severely disrupted yesterday following extensive flooding, which caused significant damage. Initial estimates suggest the cost of repairs could run into millions of euro.

A major clean-up operation continued yesterday at the Co Donegal hospital following flooding on Friday. The ban on hospital visitors will remain in place over the weekend.

GARDAI SEEK HELP IN SEARCH FOR MAN

Gardai are seeking help in tracing William Ivers, 36, who is missing from his home in Rathangan, Co Kildare. He was last seen in the Kilmeague area of Naas last Tuesday.

Mr Ivers was travelling in a black VW Golf, 04 D 37586, which is also missing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kildare Garda Station on 045 527730.

BIKER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH CAR

A MAN in his 20s was killed when his motorcycle was in collision with a car on the N11 in Co Wexford. The crash occurred at Ferrycarrig on the Wexford to Enniscorthy road on Friday at about 8.30pm.

'FREE HOLIDAY' SENATOR BRIEFS LAWYERS

LABOUR senator Denis Landy has kept a low profile since revealing in last week's Sunday Independent that he was offered a free holiday to the US if he made himself scarce during crucial votes on abolishing the Seanad.

Seanad leader Maurice Cummins urged Mr Landy to report the shadowy approach to the gardai, but the senator instead referred the approach to his solicitors and is considering "the most appropriate legal response".

TWO ARRESTED IN €470,000 DRUGS BUST

GARDAI have arrested two men in their 30s and seized drugs in an operation in Co Tipperary. Officers searched a house at Ballywire, Kilross, Tipperary, on Friday and found 20kg of cannabis and 1kg of cocaine worth €470,000.

FAMILIES HONOUR HUNGER STRIKERS

FAMILIES of IRA inmates who died in the Maze Prison in 1981 are to take part in a six-day commemoration of their hunger strike, being staged in Monaghan town this week. It is the first time the event has been held in the Republic.

SEX ATTACKER'S SENTENCE SUSPENDED

A MAN who sexually assaulted a girl after grooming her, and later sending her explicit messages on Facebook, has had his jail sentence suspended on appeal.

In November 2012, Owen O'Donoghue, 39, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 14-year old. He received a 10-month sentence with the final six months suspended.

Last week he appealed the sentence at Limerick Circuit Court where the entire 10-month sentence was suspended on condition that he does not re-offend for two years.

O'Donoghue of Garryowen, Limerick, had fondled and kissed the girl on the back of her neck in his home in June 2011. Judge Eugene O'Kelly said it was a "dreadful breach of trust", but did not impose a custodial sentence.

FIRE AT YOUTH DETENTION FACILITY

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a HSE-run detention care centre for young persons in Co Monaghan after fire broke out yesterday. The fire at Rath na nOg in Castleblayney may have been started deliberately. No one was injured.

MAN DETAINED OVER STABBING IS FREED

GARDAI investigating the fatal stabbing of Dean Fitzpatrick last May 25 in Dublin have released without charge the man they were holding. He was arrested on Friday and detained at Coolock Garda Station.

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