Victim collapsed at the wheel
AN elderly man died yesterday in a single-vehicle crash in Co Clare. The victim, a married father of four, was named locally last night as Michael 'Mike' Enright from Newmarket-on-Fergus.
It is understood he was driving towards Lahinch when he collapsed at the wheel of his car at about 11am. The vehicle apparently went out of control before mounting a footpath at Dough and hitting a road sign.
Killer escapes phone charges
THE DPP yesterday withdrew three charges against convicted murderer Brian Rattigan at Portlaoise District Court.
Rattigan (29), of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, was charged on two counts of having mobile phone batteries in his cell in Portlaoise Prison on December 3, 2007. He was also charged with possessing a Nokia mobile phone.
Asylum bids hit a 13-year low
ASYLUM applications are at a 13-year low, with officials taking a matter of weeks now to process claims.
Some 2,689 people applied to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner to stay in Ireland last year, down by almost a third from the previous year. It means that applications are now running at their lowest level since 1997. Nigerians accounted for the largest group of applicants at just over 20pc, followed by Pakistan, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Georgia.
Greenhouse gas emissions down
IRELAND'S greenhouse gas output fell by 2pc in 2008, thanks to reductions in farming, industry, services and residential emissions.
Emissions are now down slightly on their 1999 level due to a drop in livestock numbers and cleaner industry. Both of these factors have offset a massive 56pc growth in transport emissions as well as much greater electricity use in the soaring number of new households around the country.
Dangerous jelly recalled by shops
SUPERVALU and Centra stores have recalled jelly that could pose a choking risk.
Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, which owns the two chains, said they were withdrawing jelly mix products that might contain hard, undissolved ingredients. The items affected are SuperValu Jelly Mix 160g, Supervalu Fizzy Jelly Mix 160g, Centra Jelly Mix 160g and Centra Fizzy Jelly Mix 160g.