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23-year-old is charged in connection with fatal stabbing of father of two

Tony Leahy, 23, of Sirius House, Cork Road, Passage West, Co Cork, appeared before a sitting of Cork District Court yesterday in connection with a fatal stabbing.

He was charged with assault causing serious harm to father-of-two Jonathan Kenneally Daly, 25, at Cork Road, Passage West, Co Cork, on January 19.

Garda Martin Lawton said Mr Leahy was arrested in Passage West at 11.55pm on January 19 and taken to Togher garda station, where he was later charged.

He was remanded in custody to a sitting of Cork District Court tomorrow for directions from the DPP.

The dead man was found with stab wounds on January 19 on a street in Passage West, just before midnight.

Woman, 64, loses life in home blaze

Gardai are investigating a fire at a house at Leabeg, Ballycumber, Co Offaly, in which an elderly woman lost her life. The alarm was raised at 11.20am yesterday and emergency services rushed to the premises on the Ferbane road, just outside Ballycumber.

A 64-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Tullamore General Hospital for a post-mortem, due to take place tomorrow morning. There was no one else in the extensively damaged house at the time, gardai believe.

Helicopter ambulance service agreed

A new national helicopter ambulance service provided by the Air Corps and the HSE will be used to fly patients to hospital from car crashes and other incidents when time is critical in getting a patient urgent medical treatment.

However, the new service, which will be launched after an agreement is finalised between the HSE and the Department of Defence, will not be the long sought-after HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) air ambulance service used in almost every other EU country.

Instead it will be a limited service using a small Air Corps EC-135 helicopter based in Custume Barracks, Athlone, to cover largely the west of Ireland.

The service, where HSE paramedics will have the ability to call in an aeromedical mission for an ill patient who needs a speedy transfer to hospital, will not be available 24 hours a day, and it will not operate at night.

Filmmaker Jolley dies filming in India

The sudden death has taken place of the acclaimed artist and filmmaker Paddy Jolley, 46, from a heart attack while filming in the Indian capital of New Delhi.

Mr Jolley, who is survived by his partner Lu Thornely and young sons Ned and Thomas, had a growing international reputation. His hypnotic video installations have been shown around the world at such prestigious venues as the Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Rotterdam Film Festival, and he had also won awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Last year Mr Jolley was included in 'Twenty at IMMA', a collection of artists highly regarded in developing Irish art. Mr Jolley also collaborated on physical art, such as Cenotaph -- a sculpture which was exhibited in Dublin's Temple Bar. It comprised four vintage Massey Ferguson tractors mounted on a steel frame.

No winner of €5m Lotto jackpot

THERE was no winner of last night's €4,966,111 Lotto jackpot. The numbers were 3, 7, 25, 34, 40, 44 (bonus 36).

There were 49 Match 5s who each won €1,644; 110 Match 4+bonus (€184); 2,214 Match 4s (€56); 2,775 Match 3+Bonus (€30); and 36,071 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 1, 7, 15, 20, 32, 41 (bonus 23) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 17, 19, 35, 36, 38, 44 (bonus 22).

And in the UK draw for stg£4.1m, the numbers were 5, 17, 32, 39, 42, 49 (bonus 19).

Man’s body flown home from France

The body of an Irish man killed in a road crash in France last Sunday has been flown home for burial today.

Father-of-two Ian Corcoran, 40, of Kilrush, Co Clare, was killed in the single-vehicle accident in the French Alps. A 29-year-old Irishman, thrown from the car in the impact, remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Boston court to rule on IRA tapes

A Boston court will decide this Tuesday if Gerry Adams edges closer to facing charges relating to his IRA past.

Police in the North investigating the IRA killing of Jean McConville, a 37-year-old widow and mother of 10, want to seize taped interviews with republican activists.

The oral history project at Boston College is directed by former Irish Times journalist Ed Moloney, while ex-IRA man Anthony McIntyre conducted some of the interviews.

Both have spoken of their dismay at the repercussions if the tapes are seized by Belfast police.

"Imagine if these interviews are delivered to the police and their contents come out in court. There'll be a hue and cry for Gerry Adams' political scalp," Mr Moloney told ABC News in the US.

Mr McIntyre said: "I'm already being labelled a tout, an informer. That's a death sentence in republican circles."

Both men are adamant that the interviews were only conducted after express assurances from Boston College that the tapes would remain beyond the reach of British authorities as long as the interviewees were still alive.

Opera star Murray’s mother, 102, dies

The funeral took place in Dublin during the week of Molly Murray, 102, formerly of Glenageary, Dublin, and mother of the Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray.

More water restrictions for Limerick

WATER restrictions in west Limerick, involving around 1,500 homes, are expected to continue until early this week after part of the River Deel was polluted by oil.

Water tankers are being used to provide drinking water, while Limerick Co Council have hired two environmental pollution firms to assist the clean-up operation.

Limerick Co Council said the supply would be switched off in some areas, while intermittent services would exist elsewhere. Areas affected by the restrictions include Askeaton, Foynes, Shanagolden, Ballysteen, Kilcornan, Creeves, and surrounding areas. The supply is being restored on a restricted basis for Foynes and Shanagolden.

Consumers are likely to experience reduced pressure, and are being urged to conserve water. There will be further shut-offs this evening from 8pm in these locations.

Dingle guesthouse one of world’s best

A small Dingle guesthouse that has been open for less than seven years has been named the sixth best hotel in the world by tripadvisor.com after the website sifted through millions of customer reviews.

No Irish hotel made the travel rating website's top 25, but three made the cut for 2012. Castlewood House in Dingle is joined by Loch Lein Country House Hotel in Killarney and Strandhill Lodge and Suites in Sligo.

Sunday Independent