Monday 11 December 2017

Arrest over shooting

GARDAI investigating the murder of a criminal who was shot dead at his brother's wedding have made their sixth arrest in the case. Robert Sheehan (21) was shot dead in Bunratty, Co Clare, on September 2 last.

A 59-year-old man from Limerick was being held at Shannon garda station last night. Detectives believe he conspired to murder Sheehan, but is not one of the two main suspects. He can be held for up to seven days. Five other men have previously been arrested.

Stamp out smuggling

A retailers' lobby group has called on Health Minister James Reilly to take action to tackle the trade in illegal cigarettes. The group, Retailers Against Smuggling, urged the minister to begin in his own constituency after reports of illicit cigarettes at street markets there.

Spokesman Benny Gilsenan said they could not believe this activity was going on in the minister's back yard. "We are calling on him to act swiftly to clamp down on this criminal activity," he said.

Taoiseach ups security

Security measures are to be reviewed at the Taoiseach's constituency office after a three-hour occupation by protesting students. A spokesman said the incident, in which six students from NUIG and GMIT tried to barricade themselves into the building at Tucker Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo, had been traumatic for staff.

Measures to prevent more protesters taking similar action were being looked into, the spokesman said. The students are demanding a reversal of the 3pc reduction in the income thresholds for the maintenance grant announced in the Budget.

New build for school

A Limerick city primary school is to get a new multi-million euro building. Castletroy is to get a new 16-classroom school, with construction starting next year. Gaelscoil Chaladh an Treoigh in Monaleen is the only Limerick primary school to form part of the 2013 school build, announced by Minister Ruairi Quinn this week. It has been operating out of pre-fabs for 11 years.

Shannon staff to strike

Staff at Shannon Development have voted to go on strike over the proposed break-up of the company. It will cease to exist next year, with functions transferring to Failte Ireland, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, while its property portfolio will be merged with the newly independent Shannon Airport. Staff have voted to strike over the Government's failure to guarantee their jobs.

Irish Independent

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