Wife-killer McArdle will serve time after failing to compensate family
IRISHMAN Dermot McArdle has been ordered to serve two years in prison for killing his wife after failing to compensate her family. McArdle, 40, could have avoided jail if he had paid e220,000 to his victim Kelly-Anne Corcoran's grieving relatives. But now he must turn himself in to the Spanish authorities by the middle of this week -- or they will issue an international arrest warrant.
McArdle was convicted of the manslaughter of his wife and handed a two-year prison sentence following a trial in Malaga in October 2008. Sentences of two years and less are usually suspended for first-time offenders in Spain.
Search for fisherman to resume today
RESCUERS will this morning recommence a search off Cork for a fisherman who fell overboard from his vessel.
The man, a Egyptian in his 30s, fell overboard the Irish fishing boat, the Janireh, 11 miles southwest of the Fastnet Lighthouse at around 2am on Saturday morning.
Workers find historic grenade in canal
A group of workers dredging the Grand Canal at Upper Mount Street in Dublin dug up a slice of history when they uncovered a hand grenade dating from the War of Independence. Staff from from Waterways Ireland were dredging the Grand Canal on Friday afternoon when they dug up the bomb, a WWI-era hand grenade.
A garda who arrived on the scene placed his plastic cycling helmet over the bomb while the Army's bomb disposal team was called in from nearby Cathal Brugha barracks in Rathmines. The grenade was removed and destroyed by controlled explosion at a safe location.
Two killed in separate house fires
Two people have died in separate fires in Cork and Dublin in what gardai described as tragic incidents. In Woodhazel Terrace, in Ballymun, Dublin, a 44-year-old woman died when a fire started in an apartment, where she was alone, at 7.30am yesterday. Earlier, in Co Cork, a young man died in an apartment in Rushbrooke Manor in Cobh in the early hours of Friday morning.
His body was only discovered on Friday evening. It is believed the man was overcome by smoke fumes when he was cooking. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
ACC bond investors consider action
HIGH Court action is being considered by Irish investors concerned at the operation of the ACC Bank's Solid World tracker bond. The bond -- operated by ACC Bank, now a subsidiary of the RaboBank -- became one of the most popular tracker bonds in Ireland over the past decade with an estimated €650m invested by Irish clients.
Now a group of investors who claimed that they lost large sums of money in the scheme are considering High Court action on the basis that they were not suitable for borrowed money. ACC insists it abided by the rules.
No winner of €2.8m Lotto jackpot
THERE was no winner of last night's €2,841,441 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 4, 15, 17, 22, 27, 41 (bonus 18).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who get €125,000; 80 Match 5s (€1,227); 166 Match 4+bonus (€148); 3,192 Match 4s €47; 4,133 Match 3+bonus (€24); and 51,279 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 4, 9, 13, 32, 38, 44 (bonus 16). The Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 1,3, 16, 21, 22, 28 (bonus 19).
And in the UK draw for a £4.5m prize, the numbers were 16, 22, 24, 30, 39, 44 (bonus 9).
Garda and friend robbed, assaulted
An off-duty garda and a friend were assaulted and robbed in northwest Dublin in the early hours of yesterday. The two were attacked by a gang in Hartstown Park in the Blanchardstown area at around 3.45am and both had their wallets and mobile phones stolen.
Both victims were injured but were able to make their own way to James Connolly Hospital for treatment to injuries and both were said to be making a good recovery.
Nine held over e1.2m drugs seizure
DRUGS worth more than €1.2m were seized and nine people were arrested in a PSNI operation in the North yesterday. Six kilogrammes of cocaine, 22kg of speed and 20kg of herbal cannabis were recovered during a search of a lorry in Kilkeel, Co Down.
In follow-up searches in Belfast, 6kg of speed was seized with €120,000 cash -- in sterling and euro notes.
Cigarette seizure saves Revenue e1m
CUSTOMS officers seized 4.2 million cigarettes on Friday night in the largest haul of counterfeit tobacco ever landed in the port of Cork. It is estimated the haul would have cost Revenue over €1m in lost taxes.
The cigarettes, in John Player Blue boxes, were found among a cargo of swimwear manufactured in China.
Stewart brothers' evidence hurts UVF
MORE than 50 members of the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force are facing arrest and possible imprisonment after the admission of over 70 terrorist offences by brothers David and Robert Stewart in Belfast on Friday.
The Newtownabbey-based brothers admitted offences including conspiracy to murder, kidnapping, possessing guns and ammunition and supplying drugs and are expected to receive life sentences. Statements on their roles in the UVF between January 1994, eight months before the organisation's ceasefire was declared, until July 2007 when they were arrested by detectives are expected to form the basis of evidence against other UVF members.
Gardai seek witnesses to bike crash
Gardai yesterday appealed for witnesses to an accident in north Dublin on Friday to contact them. The crash happened at around 6.15pm on the Moyne Road, Baldoyle. A motorcyclist in his 30s received serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when he lost control of his bike, a green Yamaha 02 D registration, under the Moyne Bridge.
Gardai in Howth have appealed to anyone who saw the collision or who may have been in the area to call them at 01 6664900 or on the Confidential line at 1800 666111.
Retired builder leaves e6m in will
A retired builder, William Meade, of Bohernabreena, Dublin, who died on March 8, 2009 has left €6,043,138 in his will, which went to probate last week.
Other wills: Philip Ordman, solicitor, Bushy Park House, Templeogue, Dublin, €2,500,000; Catherine Sorensen, medical doctor, Lad Lane, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, €2,047,067; Bridget Seepersad, nursing home-owner, Ardmulchan Hayes, Navan, Co Meath, €1,600,543; Patrick Dunne, farmer, Allenwood, Co Kildare, €1,597,701 and Thomas Molloy, a parish priest of Dungloe, Co Donegal, who died in 1967, left €620,000.
The value of wills include property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts