Blast victim 'critical'
AN elderly woman was battling for life last night after an apparent gas explosion at her Ringsend, Dublin home. Neighbours reported seeing Bridget Berry (92) "on fire" in her kitchen after she suffered second- and third-degree burns in the blast.
The explosion rocked her home at O'Rahilly House flats on Thorncastle Street on Wednesday night. Mrs Berry was in a critical condition last night at St Vincent's Hospital, but may be transferred to St James's burns unit.
PAISLEY OUT OF HOSPITAL
FORMER DUP leader Ian Paisley has been discharged from hospital.
Mr Paisley (87) spent just over two weeks undergoing tests and treatment at the Ulster Hospital near Belfast. His son Ian Paisley Jnr said: "I am delighted he is back home again and settled. I am very grateful for the wonderful work of the hospital staff."
UNION IN STRIKE THREAT
THE union representing 300 of the 670 workers at the Liebherr factory in Killarney has not ruled out further industrial action over a four-year pay dispute.
Negotiations between management and SIPTU are at a stalemate following the union's rejection of Labour Court recommendations. The union had staged a one-day strike at the plant in November but further action was suspended while the matter was referred to the Labour Court.
REBELS WANT DOT CORK
CORK should have its own internet domain name, according to former deputy mayor Emmett O'Halloran.
The Fine Gael councillor said: "Online spend is currently running at €4bn per year with 75pc of this going overseas. Generic .com or even .ie web addresses can make it difficult for local retailers who sell online to differentiate themselves from vendors in China, India and the UK." New York is going to introduce a .nyc domain while London and Paris are planning to follow suit.
NAKED TEEN IN PARK
A DRUNK teenager who bathed naked in a waterfall in Marlay Park has been fined €250.
Garda Thomas Corcoran told Tallaght Court that he had been called to Marlay Park at 9.30am on October 13, 2012, following complaints about a group of youths who were naked in the waterfall. Gda Corcoran told Judge John Coughlan he saw John Clarke and other youths naked in the waterfall on arriving at the scene. Clarke (19), of Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, admitted to charges of public drunkenness and breaching the peace and Judge Coughlan fined him €250.