Student death mystery
PRELIMINARY post-mortem results on the body of a 22-year-old who collapsed suddenly on one of her last days of college have proved inconclusive.
University of Limerick student Rachael Hogan, from Castleville, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick, was giving a presentation on her final-year project when she began to feel unwell at around 12.30pm on Thursday.
A MAN has appeared in court in connection with a fatal traffic collision in Co Galway. Antonio de Olivera (23), with an address at Market Lane, Ballina, Co Mayo, was brought before a special sitting of Loughrea District Court last night. A Brazilian national, the accused faces four charges arising from the fatal collision on the outskirts of Loughrea on Wednesday night.
Pensioner John White (68) died in hospital after being struck by a car while cycling on the Gort road. The accused man had been arrested earlier yesterday. He was freed after the lodgment of an independent cash surety of €2,000.
PAPER IN LIQUIDATION
One of Ireland's last remaining family-owned provincial newspapers, 'The Connaught Telegraph', based in Castlebar, Co Mayo, went into liquidation yesterday.
However, the paper will continue to be published by the Celtic Media Group under licence from the liquidator. A meeting of company creditors was told yesterday that the company was unable to continue because of trading difficulties.
'HIGHEST PUB' REOPENS
The pub that claims the title of the highest in Ireland re-opened its doors last night after a devastating fire that razed it to the ground almost two years ago.
The 'Top of Coom', perched just inside the Kerry border with Cork, and 1045 ft above sea level, has been completely re-built.
EIRGRID PLAN APPROVED
EIRGRID'S controversial €80m Laois-Kilkenny Reinforcement Project has been approved by An Bord Pleanala. The decision to grant planning permission with conditions has been met with shock by opponents.
The project consists of a new 110/38kV substation at Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, and a new 400/110kV substation at Coolnabacky, Co Laois, with a 26km line connecting the two. Ratheniska, Timahoe and Spink Substation Action Group spokesman Colm Fingleton said: "I think it is an outrage, it's like they never heard our concerns. We are going to consult and see where we go from here but it's certainly not over."