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Monday 23 October 2017

Woman questioned over Brigid Cash murder released without charge

A woman questioned by gardai about the murder of Brigid Cash was released without charge yesterday.

Ms Cash, 20, was found dead in the living room of a house in Blanchardstown on Thursday last. A caller alerted gardai at 10.40am on Thursday morning, by which time Ms Cash had been dead for several hours.

Gardai believe that Ms Cash, who is the mother of a 20-month-old son, had been drinking with others at the house on Warrenstown Walk when a fight broke out.

Detectives identified at least four other people who were present that night, and on Friday they arrested a woman for questioning about her death.

MAYO HILLWALKING FATALITY IS NAMED

RESCUE teams in south-west Mayo yesterday recovered the body of 38-year-old Geoff Rowden, from a high ridge of Mweelrea Mountain.

The Dublin man was last seen on Tuesday when he set off on a walk towards Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connacht. The missing man, a father of two, told his family he intended to camp in the Doolough Valley area on Tuesday night after completing a ridge climb of the mountain. However, he never returned to his vehicle.

Gardai assisted by rescue teams from all over Ireland, hillwalking clubs and the public took part in the search which was hampered by low cloud and poor weather.

STATE TO PUBLISH POST-BAILOUT PLAN

Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night said the Government will publish a new economic plan when the country exits from the IMF bailout on December 15.

"We will publish alongside the bailout exit in December a new medium-term economic strategy which will be based on enterprise, on job opportunities," he said.

HAND-WASH POLL REVEALS DIRTY SECRETS

A national hand-washing survey by the Food Safety Professionals Association, has revealed some worrying statistics in relation to hand-washing after using toilets.

Out of 630 people surveyed, 127 did not wash their hands at all after using the toilet. Of those that did not wash, 84 were male and 43 were female, showing that men are twice as likely to not wash their hands than women after using the toilet. The survey found that 25 per cent of teenagers did not wash their hands at all, and of the 75 per cent that washed their hands, only 50 per cent of those used soap.

While 80 per cent of young children surveyed washed their hands, 50 per cent did not use soap and 34 per cent spent less than 10 seconds washing their hands.

The hospitality sector scored lowest across the four types of toilet facilities surveyed, with just 71 per cent washing their hands, which is of concern given the likelihood of contact with food and drink.

The healthcare sector scored highest with 88 per cent washing their hands after using the toilet.

TWO MEN HELD AS BOMB PARTS FOUND

Two men have been arrested in Monaghan after suspected bomb-making components were discovered.

The two men, aged 25 and 50, were taken into custody after gardai investigating dissident republicans stopped a van in Monaghan town early on Saturday morning.

NO WINNER OF €2.5M LOTTO JACKPOT

THERE was no winner of last night's €2,547,583 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 1, 7, 20, 25, 33, 45 (bonus 41).

The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 5, 12, 16, 17, 29, 38 (bonus 37) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 6, 14, 17, 23, 36, 45 (bonus 18).

OPENING 'LOVE/HATE' SCENES REALISTIC

The opening seconds of Love/Hate last Sunday, which included a scene involving cruelty to animals, were true to life, say the Council for the Abolition of Cruel Sports.

According to spokesman John Fitzgerald, the dog-fight scene was a realistic depiction of the blood sport in which dogs of various breeds are pitted against each other, while fans gather to watch, cheer on the combatants, and bet huge amounts of money on the outcome.

YOUTH DEFENCE SLAMS ABORTION SERVICE

The pro-life group Youth Defence has slammed the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) for "gross interference" in Ireland's affairs, after the abortion providers ran an advert in The Irish Times pushing for abortion to be made legal in Ireland.

Spokeswoman Clare Molloy said the ad was a "callous and distasteful bid to drum up business in Ireland".

BICYCLES OUTSOLD CARS HERE LAST YEAR

Bikes outsold cars in Ireland last year. New figures have revealed that 95,000 bikes were sold in 2012 – and just 76,000 cars.

UNITED STATES LIFTS BAN ON IRISH BEEF

The United States has lifted its ban on Irish beef – and that of other EU countries – for the first time since the BSE crisis.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said: "I am confident that this market will grow as US consumers realise the superior quality of Irish grass-fed beef."

GENETIC SCREENING FIRST FOR PREGNANCY

The first confirmed clinical pregnancy in Ireland using Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) has just been announced by the Cork Fertility Centre. The clinic confirmed a positive pregnancy using the new technique.

It is one of two Irish clinics licensed to conduct this type of screening for genetic conditions that could lead to disease. PGD at the Cork Fertility Centre involves embryo biopsy and screening in collaboration with a specialist genetics laboratory in the UK.

The process involves generating a number of embryos through IVF treatment. The embryos are then biopsied (one cell removed from each embryo) and the biopsied cells are sent to the Genetic Centre in the UK for analysis.

Only embryos diagnosed as being unaffected by the conditions screened for are transferred to the womb.

LENIHAN SURVIVES IMPEACHMENT VOTE

Trinity College students have voted by a majority of 62 per cent not to impeach student union president Tom Lenihan – son of the late finance minister Brian Lenihan.

The 22-year-old student admitted bringing a note into an exam, leading to a call for a poll on his continued role as Trinity SU president. After the vote, he promised to work hard on behalf of students during the remainder of his tenure.

Sunday Independent

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